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Matt McCleskey

Local Host, Morning Edition

McCleskey joined the WAMU staff in 2004 and moved to the morning shift in 2008. For many WAMU listeners, Matt's voice is the first thing they hear each day.

McCleskey also has worked as a producer and reporter at KQED-FM in San Francisco and as an assistant producer at NPR's Newscast Unit in Washington. He has been a freelance producer and reporter for many other public radio projects and programs, including PRI's the World and Soundprint. He enjoys working with sound in many formats. He's a musician and producer of original music, and has enjoyed helping with sound design for several very far off-Broadway theater productions.

McCleskey holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Washington, D.C.


Articles Written by Matt McCleskey

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Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about D.C.'s reaction to a storm on Jan. 20, and how it set the table for the city's response to the weekend's incoming blizzard....
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Days before the Virginia General Assembly gavels into session, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a new crackdown on predatory lending. Speaking to Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey this morning, the governor says he wants to c...
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D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser is calling for a radical rethinking of how we drive in the District. Her new Vision Zero proposal aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in the city by 2024 by slowing cars down and dramatically hiking fines for speeding— among other things — and convinc...
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In the wake of the attacks in Paris and the shootings in San Bernardino, California, many lawmakers say they want a stronger push against ISIS, and some have renewed the call for congressional authorization for ongoing military strikes. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) has several military bases in his state and his constituents include many servicemembers — and he's been a leading advocate f...
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"It's tough," Jason Samenow says about predicting winter weather when there's a strong El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean. WAMU 88.5 Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey and meteorologist from The Washington Post's ...
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For Tuesday's elections in the commonwealth, a lot of money flowed into campaigns, including millions from Michael Bloomberg's group, Everytown For Gun Safety, which advocates for gun control. Despite the spending on all sides of the election, the state Senate remained in R...
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Earlier this month, it looked like Hurricane Joaquin might bring heavy rains and strong winds to the Washington region. Some computer models had it headed straight for us, but one — the European model — showed it tracking farther out to sea, and that's what wound up happening. The main American model eventually caught up and showed the storm taking same path, but not until a day l...
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The D.C. Public Schools announced some good news this week, with the school system reporting growth in the percentage of students graduating from high school. The system-wide graduation rate is now 64 percent, up from 53 percent in 2011. Chancellor Kaya Henderson ...
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There's no summer institution more beloved than the public pool. And in D.C., the city's public pools have been both symbols of segregation and places where anyone — and everyone — can gather. Read Part 1 about Banneker Pool and how gentrification h...
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One year ago this week, President Obama announced he had authorized limited airstrikes against Islamic State militants. Fast forward 12 months, and the military efforts against the group commonly known as ISIS or ISIL are still underway. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is among those calling for Congress to debate and vote on the mission. He spoke with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about the iss...
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Why are there so many reminders of the Confederacy and its flag on Capitol Hill? Roll Call columnist David Hawkings explains where they are, and why some are featured so prominently. ...
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The relationship between Cuba and the U.S. continues to improve since an initial thaw late last year. Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia’s 8th district recently returned from a trip to the island nation. The Democrat spoke with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about relations with the Castro regime, as well as two other issues: The crumbling Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River, and the Department...
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In D.C., more than a thousand people are arrested for assaulting a police officer each year — about three times the rate of other big cities. Some defense attorneys allege that the law is being used as a tactic to cover up police abuse and civil-rights violations. Patrick Madden and Christina Davidson reported on the issue in th...
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The U.S. House voted Thursday night along party lines in favor of striking down a D.C. law banning discrimination over employees' reproductive decisions. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act was passed by the D.C. Council earlier this year and drew criticism from social conservatives...
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Roll Call's David Hawkings explains the Capitol Hill publication's Clout Index....
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Roll Call columnist David Hawkings discusses how Democrats are eyeing the House seat of freshman Republican Barbara Comstock, whose Virginia district is considered one of the most "purple" on the East Coast. ...
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Metro Connection Segments Maryland Couple Shows Rushing Into Marriage Not Always A Bad Idea ...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser laid out an ambitious goal during her state of the District speech this week: ending family homelessness in the city by 2018 and chronic homelessness by 2025. On Tuesday, her administration finalized a plan. Kristy Greenwalt, who oversa...
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Why are Republicans Ted Cruz and James Lankford trying to stop two D.C. laws that concern abortion rights and LGBT policies at religious colleges? Roll Call columnist David Hawkings talks with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about those issues, and also about recent statements by Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen on the future of So...