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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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People taking Metro this weekend could face a longer than usual wait on the station platform due to scheduled maintenance. Starting at 10 p.m., trains will run once every 20 minutes all weekend on four of Metro's five rail lines: the Green, Yellow, Blue, and Orange Lines. Crews will be working on track infrastructure on the Blue and Yellow Line between Pentagon City an...
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Metro will be taking a break from most scheduled track work this weekend. On the Red, Yellow, Blue, and Orange Lines, Metro says service will be normal all through this weekend before Christmas. That's true also for most of the Green Line. From Branch Avenue to College Park, Green Line trains will operate on a normal weekend schedule as well. The only place there will...
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The District's health care exchange called "D.C. health link" encountered some frustrated federal lawmakers and staffers the last few days. Members of Congress and their staff had until the beginning of the week to sign up for health care plans through the exchange but, as the deadline approached, some reported technical glitches causing significant delays and a few encountered an out...
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Update, 11:55 a.m.: Metro has announced that all planned track work on Sunday has been cancelled, as the transit agency prepares for the expected Winter storm. Trains will operate on normal Sunday schedules. Original Story: Buses will re...
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People taking Metro this weekend could face a longer wait on the station platform due to scheduled track work. While no stations are slated to close this weekend for maintenance work, starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Blue and Orange Line trains will run only once every 24 minutes all weekend while crews perform track work between Stadium Armory and Eastern Market, and install new signs for...
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Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, there will be no Green Line service at L'Enfant Plaza, and the Waterfront station will close. Buses will be shuttling Green Line passengers between the Archives and Navy Yard stations, and Metro says anyone headed through that stretch should add 10 minutes of travel time for each stop they'll be making. Meanwhile, there will be no Yellow Line serv...
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Several stations on Metro's Blue and Orange Lines will be closed this weekend due to scheduled track work. Starting at 10 p.m. tonight, the Smithsonian, Federal Center Southwest, and Capitol South stations will close. The L'Enfant Plaza station will remain open, but only for Yellow and Green Line passengers. There will be no Blue or Orange Line service at L'Enfant. Bu...
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With Election Day just a few days away in Virginia, some polls show the governor's race tightening a bit. Meanwhile, the attorney general's race  in the state remains very competitive. And an Indian Tribe leading an effort to get the the Washington Redskins to change their team name meets with the NFL. Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney joins WAMU's Matt ...
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Most Metro passengers will get a break from scheduled track work this weekend. Metro says service will be normal on four of the transit system's five rail lines this weekend — the only scheduled work will be on the eastern end of the Orange Line in Maryland.  Orange Line service this weekend will be normal between Vienna and Cheverly, but Metro says from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m...
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Maryland's attorney general is embroiled in controversy over a teenage beach party and underage drinking. Meanwhile, D.C. considers decriminalizing marijuana, and in Virginia, the Governor's race enters the home stretch. Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney joins Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey to talk about some of the week's big news in o...
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As we head into the final stretch of Virginia's governor's race, a new poll out this morning from Quinnipiac University suggests that recent gridlock in Congress and the partial government shutdown won't have a major affect on voters at the ballot box. The survey finds Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Republican Ken Cuccinelli 46 percent to 36 percent, while 10 percent favor Lib...
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Five stations on Metro's Orange Line will close this weekend for scheduled track work. Free shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains this weekend between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton, with the work starting at 10 p.m. Friday. The five stations that will close are: Minnesota Avenue, Deanwood, Cheverly, Landover, and New Carrollton. Metro says it will tak...
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With just a month left until Virginia's gubernatorial elections, polling suggests Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe has an edge over his Republican opponent Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli. The poll from Christopher Newport University shows McAuliffe with a 9-point lead, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent. It also shows McAuliffe with a 12 point advantage ...
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Metro says major track work planned for this weekend will cause delays on the Red Line through downtown Washington. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday night, Metro will shut down Red Line rail service between the Dupont Circle and NoMa Gallaudet stations. Shuttle buses will connect all weekend through that stretch of downtown, but Metro says depending on how far you're going on the bu...
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Scheduled track work will cause minor delays on Metro this weekend, but the transit agency is already warning of MAJOR work coming next weekend. No Metro stations are scheduled to close this weekend, and there's no work scheduled on the Green, Yellow, and Red Lines. On the Blue and Orange Lines, passengers may have to wait a little longer than usual on the platform, w...
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While no Metro stations will close this weekend due to maintenance, passengers waiting on Red and Orange lines trains could find it takes longer than normal for one to arrive. Red Line trains will run once every 24 minutes as crews work to mitigate water leaks in some tunnels, among various other jobs. But between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Red Line trains will ru...
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Maryland is spraying some areas of Anne Arundel County to control mosquitoes after West Nile virus was detected. The state Department of Agriculture says moisture from heavy rains earlier this summer hatched a high concentration of mosquitoes that can spread the disease. Authorities say the spraying last night targeted an area within a one-mile radius around the home of a pers...
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It was supposed to be a quiet week on Capitol Hill, as Congress wraps up its summer break. Instead, there has been a flurry of activity following President Obama's announcement Saturday that he'll seek Congressional authorization for military action in Syria. Lawmakers are receiving White House briefings and are working to schedule hearings and votes on the matter.David Ha...
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A federal judge has ordered that settlement agreements be unsealed in the crash on Metro's Red Line that killed nine people in 2009, reports the Associated Press. Eight passengers and a train operator were killed in the crash near the Fort Totten station. Metro settled lawsuits brought by families of the crash victims, but had refused to reveal the dollar amounts and fought ...
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Two stations on Metro's Orange Line will be closed this weekend while crews work on station platforms. At 10 p.m. tonight, the Deanwood and Minnesota Avenue stations will close as the platform work begins. Shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains all weekend between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Metro says it could take 15-20 minutes longer than normal to get through that ...