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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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Extreme weather has caused a number of disruptions around the Washington region, from school closures to travel conditions, and it has led the federal government to take four full snow days this season. But a winter closure doesn't translate into a day off for everyone. The growth of teleworking in the federal government has meant many employees ar...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's annual State of the District address was supposed to happen tonight, but it is being postponed because of weather. City officials have set March 11 as the new date for the speech, which is traditionally used to tout accomplishments and introduce new initiatives. This year's speech comes less than a month before the April 1 Democratic pri...
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Governors from around the country are in Washington right now for the winter National Governors Association meeting. That includes both governors from our region — Maryland’s Martin O’Malley and Virginia’s Terry McAuliffe. The meeting is significant for the two Democratic governors. As O’Malley joins his fellow governors for his eighth and final year, McAuliffe is greeting m...
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Scheduled track work will affect service on three of Metro's five rail lines this weekend. No stations are scheduled to close this weekend but many passengers could face a longer wait on the station platform. That's because starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, Blue and Orange Line trains will run only once every 16 minutes all weekend to let crews perform infrastructure mainte...
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The family of Miriam Carey, the unarmed woman fatally shot by U.S. Capitol Police after a high-speed chase last October, filed a federal administrative notice of claim to sue the police for wrongful death. Carey rammed her car into White House barriers and then took off for the Capitol before police shot and killed her. Her family is ...
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Proponents of greater autonomy for the District have suffered a setback, as the federal Government Accountability Office announced that the budget autonomy referendum approved by D.C. voters last April has no legal effect. But as David Hawkings — who writes ...
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Scheduled track work will affect service in four of Metro's five rail lines this weekend. The work gets underway at ten tonight... starting then, Red line trains will depart Shady Grove and Glenmont just once every 24 minutes all weekend. Tomorrow and Sunday though, extra Red Line trains will run between Silver Spring and Farragut North from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., making the wait...
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Scheduled track work will affect service on all five of Metro's rail lines this weekend. The work and delays will begin at 10 p.m. Friday night. That's when Red Line trains will start running once every 24 minutes, due to infrastructure work between Farragut North and Van Ness. The wait be a little shorter tomorrow and Sunday but just on part of the line and only between 9 a.m...
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Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is expected to announce this week that he'll seek Sen. Mark Warner's (D-Va.) seat in this year's midterm election. Like the Commonwealth's new Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe, Gillespie comes from a background in political campaigning and lobbying. While that can give a candidate an advantage in fundraising, it ca...
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Scheduled track work will affect all five of Metro's rail lines this weekend. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday night and then on through the weekend, trains on the Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green Lines will run once every 20 minutes, so riders may encounter a longer than usual wait on the station platform.  On the Red Line, trains will run from end to end once every 16 ...
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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...