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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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The D.C. War Memorial is scheduled to reopen this week after restoration work that's been going on for more than a year. The Memorial is just off of Independence Avenue, east of the Korean War Memorial. It was dedicated by President Herbert Hoover on Armistice Day in 1931, and lists the names of 499 D.C. residents who died in World War One, what was then called the Great War. ...
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The Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations will close at 10 p.m. Friday and won't reopen until Monday morning while crews rebuild tracks, replace communications cables, and renovate station platforms. Shuttle buses will be running between Glenmont and Fort Totten, but Metro officials say riders headed through that stretch should add 30 minutes to their expec...
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Virginia's election is coming up next Tuesday, but the deadline to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot is on Tuesday. To qualify to use an absentee ballot in Virginia, voters must have a valid reason. The State Board of Elections has a lengthy list of what qualifies as a valid reason, including pregnancy, disability or illness, military service, and work or school requirements...
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Four D.C. stations on Metro's Green Line will be closed this weekend while work crews replace track switches. The Waterfront, Navy Yard, Anacostia and Congress Heights stations will close at 10 p.m. Friday and won't reopen until Monday morning. Shuttle buses will be running from L'Enfant Plaza to Southern Avenue and connecting through the closed stations, but Metro says anyone headed ...
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Halloween falls on Monday this year, and officials in Maryland are planning ahead to try to keep trick-or-treaters safe during rush hour traffic.  Trick-or-treating happens as dusk falls, making it harder to see people walking -- especially small children in dark costumes. To help keep them more visible, the Maryland's State Highway Administration is loaning reflective sa...
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Glenn Ivey, the former Maryland state's attorney for Prince George's County, plans to run for the congressional seat currently held by Democratic Representative Donna Edwards, according to the Associated Press. Ivey will file paperwork within days to run for the newly reconfigured 4th District seat, a spokesman tells AP. The district still includes much of Prince ...
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The Montgomery County Council is looking at ways to prevent escalator breakdowns at the Bethesda Metro station. This past Friday, all the escalators at the Bethesda station were out of service the same time, and the County Council's transportation subcommittee is holding a hearing tonight to talk about how to avoid similar incidents in the future.  The discussion ...
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The fall fire season begins today in Virginia. The state's Department of Forestry is reminding people to be especially careful with any outdoor burning this autumn. Forestry officials say it's a time of year when the risk of a fire spreading can be greatest, because dried leaves can act as fuel and blustery winds can make a small fire grow quickly into a large one. ...
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Republicans Herman Cain and Mitt Romney lead the GOP presidential field in the latest survey of voters in Virginia. Cain and Romney each got the support of 21 percent of Republicans surveyed in the Quinnipiac University Poll. Cain's numbers surged from six percent in a similar poll last month and Rom...
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The Shaw, U Street, and Columbia Heights Metro stations on the Green and Yellow Lines will be closed from 10 p.m. tonight through Tuesday morning for safety improvements. Shuttle buses will service those stations, but Metro says anyone headed through the area can expect delays. Meanwhile, on the Orange Line, buses will replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Ch...
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Decorations and furniture from the White House are going on display today at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington. The exhibit, called "Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts from the White House," includes some objects never before seen outside the do...
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Continuing track work will cause delays through the weekend on Metrorail. It starts Friday night at 10 p.m., with Green line trains sharing a single track between the Southern Avenue and Naylor Road stations will Metro crews replace rail fasteners. Similar work will cause delays on the Blue and Orange lines between Eastern Market and Stadium Armory. A separate shuttle train w...
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  Drivers in Northern Virginia can expect a change in coming days in getting from the Capital Beltway to westbound I-66.  The change [PDF] affects drivers on northbound I-495 (the inner loop) at...
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Metro is changing its plans for track work to accomodate the rescheduled dedication of the National Memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The dedication had been planned for August, but was postponed because of Hurricane Irene. The new date is Sunday, October 16th, and over that weekend, Metro had been planning major track work that would have affected service on several line...
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Commuters, who have asked for years for a way to  add money to their SmartTrip over the Internet, can now use their credit card to do just that. Metro has added a "SmarTrip Online Reload" feature to their website, offering an online avenue for paying fares. Customers need only have a registered SmarTrip card and an account at sm...
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Bowie State University is holding a memorial Wednesday night to honor a student stabbed to death in her campus apartment. Bowie State officials say the service will allow the university community to honor Dominique Frazier's life and to celebrate her impact on campus life. Prosecutors say Frazier was stabbed to death last week by her roommate, Alexis Simpson, after the women a...
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Capital Bikeshare is celebrating its first birthday Tuesday. Over the past year, the bright red bicycles of Capital Bikeshare have become a familiar sight on many D.C. streets, with more than 115 stations now in placed in the District and in Arlington, with more than 60 more on the way. In all, the bike-sharing service offers more than 1,100 bicycles and has attracted more tha...
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The heavy rains earlier this month have passed, but their effects are still being felt in Maryland's state parks.The state's Department of Natural Resources is cautioning people to be careful in state parks affected by flooding caused as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee drenched the region.The department says all state parks are open, but some trails still ma...
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Metro's yellow line bridge over the Potomac River will be closed this weekend for inspections, and that, along with other work, will mean changes for riders. Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, all yellow line trains heading in or out of Washington will be rerouted to the blue line via the Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn stations as perform an annual inspection of the Metro bridge ove...
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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland is making another push to create two national parks dedicated to Harriet Tubman and the legacy of her work fighting slavery.Cardin is the lead sponsor of a bill to create the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It would also create a park in Auburn, New York. He's speaking today on Ca...