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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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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 ...
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Four stations on Metro's Orange Line will be closed this weekend for scheduled track work. The four stations that will be closing are Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church, and East Falls Church. Starting at 10 p.m. tonight, shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains between Vienna and Ballston. Metro says express buses running directly between Ballston and Vienna with no ...
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Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to look on while dozens of ponies make their annual swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague. The 88th edition of the spectacle celebrated by Marguerite Henry's 1947 novel "Misty of Chincoteague'' will be staged Wednesday on the Eastern Shore. The so-called Saltwater Cowboys have rounded up approximately 150 ponies th...
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Metro has no plans to close any stations this weekend, and there's also no planned single tracking. But passengers could face a longer than normal wait times on many station platforms. Trains will be running less frequently in many places because of work related to Metro's ongoing Capital Improvement project: Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Green Line trains will ru...
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This weekend's Metro track work will affect several stations on the Red, Orange and Blue Lines. Starting at 10 tonight, shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Silver Spring and NoMa-Gallaudet. The Takoma, Brookland, and Rhode Island Avenue stations will be closed altogether. Fort Totten will be closed for Red Line traffic, but open to Green and Yellow Line passen...
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Metro will be running extra trains Thursday evening to help people get to and from the National Mall for the July 4th fireworks display. Metro says more than 500,000 people are expected to use the transit system on Independence Day, with many traveling to the mall for the fireworks set to begin at 9:10 p.m. Since most travel is expected late in the day, Metro will beg...
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NASA has rescheduled the launch of a rocket carrying instruments to study how the first galaxy was formed, after the launch was scrubbed on Tuesday night. The Black Brant XII suborbital rocket was scheduled to launch last night from the Wallops Island Flight Facility, but NASA says there wound up not being sufficient time before the launch to cool the instruments to the requir...
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We are sorry, University of Maryland graduates, but Metro is will not be an option this weekend. College Park is among five stations on Metro's Green and Orange Lines that will be closed this weekend for scheduled maintenance. Starting at 10 p.m.  Friday night, free shuttle buses will replace trains on the Green lLine between Greenbelt and West Hyattsville. Three Green Li...