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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.


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Virginia continues to feel aftershocks stemming from the earthquake that rattled the East Coast a week ago.The U.S. Geological Survey says so far there have been at least 18 aftershocks since last Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude quake -- the strongest to strike the East Coast World War II.The aftershocks have ranged in magnitude from 2.0 to 4.5...
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Even as utility crews work to repair the damage to power lines caused by Hurricane Irene, Virginia has continued to feel a few more aftershocks from last week's earthquake.This latest series of five aftershocks began with a mild quake Sunday afternoon at 4:18 p.m. Additional aftershocks continued through the evening. They were all centered in Louisa County and ranged in magnitu...
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Health officials in Virginia are urging people who get their water from private wells to check the water quality following this week's 5.8 magnitude earthquake.The Virginia Department of Health says it's not uncommon for earthquakes to cause discoloration in well water due to sediment or minerals.Officials say people who are worried about contamination should boil well w...
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The Chain Bridge connecting Northern Virginia and the District is closed this weekend for repair work.D.C. transportation crews are making structural repairs under the bridge deck, which will keep the Chain Bridge closed through the weekend.It's set to reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday, just in time for the morning rush to work.This construction is scheduled to continue ...
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Many of the approach lights are on a pier that juts into the Potomac River, and over the next 90 days, crews will be driving piles to support the upgraded lights.The work will be happening in the overnight hours, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. to avoid interfering with the airport's daily flight schedule.The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says workers will try to...
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Arlington County Police say they need to hear from people who speak Spanish, French, Mongolian, Arabic, and some African languages in addition to English.The most recent census showed these languages are very prevalent among immigrants in Arlington.Bilingual volunteers would most likely ride along with a patrol officer assigned to one neighborhood but might also be asked...
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The Rhode River in Anne Arundel County is the latest waterway where scientists have found the invasive northern snakehead, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun.Biologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center recently came across a 23-inch, egg-...
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The Maryland State Highway Administration will be resurfacing a four-mile stretch of the Beltway between Colesville Road and Seminary Road. It's the first resurfacing in that area in seven years and is planned for the inner and outer loops.While it's going on, drivers can expect single lanes to be closed through the work area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, and in the ...
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The annual competition is organized by the National School Transit Association and began more than 40 years ago when it was called the National School Bus Safety "Road-e-o." It happens in a different city each summer.This year's event will be held Saturday and Sunday in a parking lot near BWI Marshall Airport...
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This first part of the two-phase project will shut down Canal Road, from MacArthur Boulevard to 35th Street in northwest Washington.Crews will be sealing joints on the water main from Mondays through Fridays, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The construction work is expected to continue through September 1.Suggested alternates include the George Washington Parkway and Reservo...
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The work will start Friday at 9 p.m., weather permitting. One thru-lane on the Beltway's Inner Loop will be closed from just west of Route 1 to the Telegraph Road Interchange. It will stay closed through Sunday night.The other thru lane and one local lane will remain open, but officials say to expect delays if you're headed through that part of the Inner Loop, and say it will ...
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The opening ceremony began at 11 a.m. This year's festival focuses on the nation of Colombia, the history of rhythm and blues music, and the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary.There will be performances, demonstrations, and workshops each day at various stages around the mall. Evening events are planned as well.The festival runs this weekend and next weekend, from today throu...
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Grasmick is the longest-serving appointed schools chief in the country, according to the Associated Press. She was first named superintendent in 1991 by then governor William Donald Schaefer. Grasmick, 72, announced earlier this year she'd be retiring, saying she wanted to see more of her family and do work that would allow her more flexibility with her time.Her last day will b...
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This first part of the two-phase project will shut down Canal Road, from MacArthur Boulevard to 35th Street in northwest Washington.Crews will be sealing joints on the water main from Mondays through Fridays, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The construction work is expected to continue through September 1.Suggested alternates include the George Washington Parkway and Reservo...
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When former manager Jim Riggleman resigned Thursday over a contract dispute, the team didn't have to look far to find an experienced big-league manager in Johnson.Johnson had been working as an advisor to general manager Mike Rizzo for the past couple of years. Johnson has been a major league man...
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The county health department will be partnering with other agencies to run the drill on Saturday. It will be happening at Kilmer Middle School in Vienna and at other locations around the county.The exercise builds on lessons learned in 2009, during mass vaccination clinics for the H1N1 flu virus. Saturday's drill will test the county's ability to run multiple response sites sim...
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The Florida Board of Education met Tuesday morning in Tampa and voted unanimously to offer Robinson the job of Florida's education commissioner. Robinson and four other finalists from around the country interviewed with the board on Monday.Robinson has been Virginia's education secretary since January 2010. He rose from a working-class upbringing in Los Angeles and earned a mas...
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The Virginia Offshore Wind Conference gets underway in Virginia Beach Wednesday. More than 60 panelists are expected to take part, including federal and state officials, along with private-sector proponents of offshore wind energy.Organizers say the conference will give them an opportunity to identify barriers to securing financing for offshore wind facilities and to talk about...
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Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Red Line trains will be sharing a single track between the Van Ness and Friendship Heights stations and between Takoma and Forest Glen. Metro officials say that will add about 20 minutes to the normal travel time.Meanwhile, Orange and Blue Line trains will be single-tracking between Eastern Market and Stadium Armory while crews replace rail fasteners...
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Arlington County Police have arrested Roger Clark III of Severn, Maryland and Javon Martin of Washington, D.C. and charged them in the killing of 57-year-old Carl Diener.Diener's death on Dec. 29, 2009 shook the usually quiet, suburban neighborhood. Police found Diener lying stabbed in the street at around 2:50 a.m. that morning, likely as he was on his way to work at a gym on ...