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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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Just ahead of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department is launching a new program its touting as the 21st-century version of neighborhood watch.The idea behind iWatch D.C. is that people in businesses or service organizations might be the first to notice something out of the ordinary that could point to a terror plot. The program is designed to make ...
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The operators of the North Anna Nuclear plant in Virginia will meet with federal regulators this week to give the latest update on recovery after last month's earthquake.Representatives of Dominion Virginia Power are due at the headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, Md. Thursday. They'll be giving the latest analysis of shaking at the North Anna nuclear...
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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is set to make a long-awaited return to the mound tonight at Nationals Park.Strasburg struck out 14 in his major league debut last summer, but only pitched in 12 games before a torn ligament in his throwing arm cut short his rookie season and led to so-called "Tommy John" surgery to replace the ligament with a tendon taken from his...
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As summer winds down, dog owners will get a one-day chance to let their pets take a dip in some of the District's public pools. Just before the end of the outdoor swimming season, D.C.'s Department of Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Department of Health for the city's third annual Doggie Day Swim. It will be September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at Upshur Pool and Banne...
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Track work will cause delays on Metro's Blue and Orange lines over the Labor Day weekend.Starting at 8 p.m. Friday, buses will replace Orange Line trains between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Stations. Tracks there will be shut down through the weekend as crews work on the Metrorail extension to Dulles airport.Meanwhile, on the Blue Line, the Franconia-Spri...
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As part of its 40th birthday celebration, the Kennedy Center is giving away free tickets to each performance in its 2011-2012 season.It's part of an effort to broaden the center's audience and to reach out to young people interested in the arts. In all, the Kennedy Center is giving away more than 1,200 free tickets. The o...
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In Maryland, an Anne Arundel County councilman has pleaded guilty to not filing tax returns.Prosecutors cited by AP say Daryl D. Jones, a Democrat from Severn, admitted in federal court that he failed to file personal income returns for four years and quarterly business payroll tax returns for six.Jones faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $25,000 fine. Pr...
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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...