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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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WAMU: We last spoke on Monday morning, after news broke on Osama bin Laden's death. In those first few hours, we were seeing signs of bipartisanship from Congress, with the president calling for national unity. What’s the tone on the Hill now a few days later?DH: Well the Hill is dark today... both the House and the Senate have gone home for the week. But I would say that era...
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Over his 33-year coaching career, Williams won 668 games and brought a national championship home to College Park in 2002.Williams is a Maryland graduate, and Washington Post sports writer Liz Clarke says it will be difficult to replace his feisty spirit."Even before the ball was tipped off, one of the most exciting things about seeing a game at Comcast was Gary marching...
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The film "Lincoln" is based on the book "Team of Rivals" by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin with a screenplay by Tony Kushner.Lincoln spent the Civil War years in the District but he did visit Richmond near the war's end, and Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell announced today the mov...
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WAMU: What is the reaction so far from Capitol Hill and from both major parties?D.H.: President Obama says it's been a rare moment of bipartisan unity. It seems like virtually every member of Congress has issued a statement. Hundreds of them have flown in to our newsroom, and they're all, of course, thrilled. But at the same time there is a strong note of caution coming through...
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On the Red Line, crews are once again working on the station platform at White Flint. As a result, trains will be sharing a single track between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Twinbrook Metro stations, and passengers can expect delays.Red Line trains will also be single tracking between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue due to the continuing work on the aerial structure out...
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While homeowners may view the insects as an annoying nuisance, to farmers they're something worse. When stink bugs suck the juice from some crops, it can leave the produce unusable and unsellable.The bugs are a non-native species that's expanded its range in recent years from Pennsylvania throughout the mid-Atlantic. The stink bug has no native predators in the U.S. and scienti...
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Crews will be doing track work at various points around the system, but the biggest impact will be felt along the Orange line. Starting at 8 p.m., five stations will close for the weekend: Minnesota Avenue, Deanwood, Cheverly, Landover, and New Carrollton. They should reopen for the Monday commute.In place of the trains, shuttle buses will be running from the Stadium-Armory sta...
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The puck drops for game two this evening at 7:30 at the Verizon Center. The Capitals are hoping to give their fans another thrilling home win and to extend their series lead to 2 games to none before heading to New York for game three.The Caps showed resilience in game one on Wednesday. Near the start of the third period, the Rangers took a 1-0 lead, but then the Capitals' star...
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Spirits are high and fans will be out in force as the top-seeded Capitals host the New York Rangers for game one of their first-round series.The Caps won 16 of their last 20 games in the regular season to wind up atop the NHL's Eastern Conference. The Rangers are seeded eighth.The Capitals are hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's round one -- they were the number-one ...
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In an attempt to save money, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced recently it would be accepting proposals from organizations willing to sponsor interstate rest areas and welcome centers.Those proposals have started to come in and one is from PETA.The animal-rights group wants to sponsor the Troutville stop along I-81, and rename it the "Fishing Hurts" res...
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Across the industry, a lot of bookstores have been struggling recently or have been closing. Graham and Muscatine are not deterred."Well we believe very much in the future of independent bookstores, and Politics and Prose has been a leader in the industry," Graham says.Muscatine says the bookstore is unique in how it provides a space for civil discourse."I think a...
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The soldiers will serve as part of the Provincial Reconstruction Team Security Force, with the mission of helping keep crews safe as they work in potentially dangerous areas to rebuild Afghanistan's infrastructure and to help with agriculture projects and well drilling among other tasks.The platoon is from the 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Brigade Combat Team, bas...
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D.C.: Hearings On Gray Administration's Hiring PracticesD.C. Council Member Mary Cheh will be chairing hearings starting next week about the hiring practices of Mayor Vincent Gray's administration. McCartney says the hearings will be an opportunity for t...
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They say that's a timely topic given threats from some congressional leaders to pull federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and other institutions.Co-hosts include the National Coalition Against Censorship and Washington's Transformer Gallery, two groups that protested after ...
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Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey speaks with Washington Post sports writer Kathy Orton about the Hoyas' victory....
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The proposed rate hikes would take effect in October and are expected to add about $6.50 to the average monthly water bill. A similar increase last year raised bills by about $8.D.C. Water says it needs the money to pay for infrastructure upgrades, environmental projects and operating costs....
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"Morning Edition" host Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about Friday's nurses' strike at Washington Hospital Center and the bill to legalize gay marriage in Maryland.UPDATE: The Maryland House Committee ...
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It's beginning to feel like a weekend routine on the Red Line -- crews are working on the station platform at station and that has trains sharing a single track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook. Metro says it will take up to 20 minutes longer than usual to get through that area. Similar delays are expected between Rhode Island Avenue and New York Avenue due to maintenance.On t...