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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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The Fairfax school board voted nearly a year ago to close Clifton, citing high renovation costs, declining enrollment, and the poor quality of the water in the school building.Some parents appealed, but a circuit court judge upheld the decision in December and now the Virginia Supreme Court has done the same.A celebration of the school's legacy is planned for June 17 fro...
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It's all part of a project to widen the roadway. The work is scheduled for the overnight hours, starting each night at 9:30 p.m. and continuing until 5 a.m. each morning, weather permitting.Crews are doing milling and paving work, and while it's ongoing, two northbound lanes of I-95 near Woodbridge will be closed each of those nights. The stretch of road affected is between Exi...
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On Saturday, Metro will be running a shuttle train on a single track between the Franconia-Springfield and King Street stations because of track work.Then on Sunday, the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations will be closed altogether while state crews work on the Telegraph Road bridge near the King Street station.Shuttle buses will be running on that part of...
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Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood Mediates Dulles Metrorail DisputeWhile the dispute over where to build the Dulles Metro Station – above ground or underground – continues, Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood steps in to mediate the issue. Although the Dulles station is a local negotiation, Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney says Lahood has a history of mediatin...
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Peru arranges for expats in the U.S. to cast their votes at locations around the country, but they're few and far between. Many Peruvians living in the Eastern part of the United States will be heading to George Mason High School and Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, both on Leesburg Pike in Falls Church.Sunday's election is a runoff. The first round of voting in April led to...
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The soldiers died at Fort Stevens, the only Civil War battle within the borders of the District. Confederate troops under Jubal Early crossed the Potomac west of Washington, engaged federal troops at the Monocacy River near Frederick, Md., then came south to the Capital where they were repelled at the city's northern defenses.The National Battleground Cemetery is along what's n...
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The deer are taking over the areas and causing environmental problems, officials say. They prevent forests from regenerating by eating young seedlings and saplings before they can mature. The park service says the herds of deer at Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia and at Antietam and Monocacy in Maryland are four to 10 times bigger than the landscape can sustain.Th...
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It happened May 19 outside the U Street/Cardozo Metro station on the Green line in Northwest D.C., and a bystander caught it all on tape. A video posted on Youtube shows the officers flanking the man's wheelchair before for...
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In Virginia's Fairfax County, authorities say they're implementing a zero-tolerance policy on seat belt use beginning this week. The stepped-up enforcement effort and the national campaign will continue through June 5.Police say more than half the crashes in Virginia that wind up with fatalities involve motorists who were not wearing a seat belt.Virginia law requires all...
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No injuries were reported, and as tornadoes go, the damage was relatively minor.Still, the weather service says it was an EF0 tornado, with maximum wind speeds of 75 mph that touched down Wednesday night near Wolfsville in Frederick County, damaging some playground equipment in a backyard.Meanwhile, a separate EF1 tornado, with maximum wind speeds of 90 to 100 mph, struc...
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A Navy SEAL team stormed bin Laden's walled compound in Pakistan earlier this month, and since then Warner has collected more than 1,200 messages on his Senate website. In an online video, he says he's been looking forward to sharing them to Navy SEAL commanders."Incredible messages of gratitude from other active duty military, from veterans, from young people, old people, all ...
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The price hike takes effect immediately and could stay in place through June 2012.The county executive has the authority to approve a temporary surcharge whenever the average price of regular gasoline goes above $3 per gallon. We've been above that level for awhile now, with current prices topping $4 a gallon in many places.Should the price dip back below $3, the surchar...
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The activists are upset over the budget compromise between Congress and the White House that limits the District's freedom to spend its own money on certain initiatives.The group DC Vote has called the deal an unwelcome intrusion into the city's affairs, staging a series of protests. Mayor Vincent Gray and members of the D.C. Council among o...
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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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WAMU: This seemed to come about pretty abruptly. What do we know so far about why Gary Williams made this decision?LC: Yes, it did take long-time supporters and fans quite by surprise. Even though he is 66 years old and had been there 22 years, he said in his statement "it's time." And then in an interview with John Feinstein, he elaborated a bit and acknowledged that the past ...
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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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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...