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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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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...
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Dorothy Height was president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal among other honors and died last year at age 98.D.C.'s congressional delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, introduced the bill to rename the post office and will be on hand for Tuesday's ceremony, along with D.C. Mayor Vinc...
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Two stations on the Blue and Orange Lines remain closed entirely on Monday: Smithsonian and Federal Triangle. Crews are replacing four track switches in that area and rail service is suspended between Metro Center and L'Enfant Plaza. Shuttle buses are connecting through that stretch of the Orange lines, but Metro says passengers should add 40 minutes to their travel time if headed tha...
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Restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the District will still be able to serve alcohol later than usual for several days around the presidential inauguration next month, but not quite as late as they first thought.They'll be able to serve food around the clock from January 17th to the 21st, but the D.C. Council is rolling back last call for alcohol from 5 a.m. to 4 a.m.Cou...