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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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Scheduled track work will cause delays on Metro's Orange and Red Lines this weekend. Starting at 10 p.m. tonight, shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Takoma and NoMa-Gallaudet while crews work on tracks, station platforms, and bridges. Metro says anyone headed through that stretch can expect it to take up to 40 minutes longer than it usually does. On the...
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Daylight Savings Time adds a new wrinkle to the already-confusing track work shuffle this weekend. Metro is scheduled to operate until 3 a.m. on Sunday morning. That is, once the clocks have been set forward an hour at 2 a.m. To account for this, the last trains on Saturday night will all be operating an hour earlier than normal, between 1-2 a.m. Meanwhile, rebuilding ...
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Scheduled track work will cause delays this weekend on Metro's Red and Orange Lines. Starting at 10 p.m., Red Line trains will share a single track through two work zones: between Takoma and Rhode Island Avenue, then again between Shady Grove and Twinbrook. Crews wil be working on station platforms and performing upgrades to the electric third rail among other track maintenanc...
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President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldier's Home in northwest Washington is keeping a rare, signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation on display for two more months. Lincoln contemplated and drafted much of the Emancipation Proclamation more than 150 years ago at the cottage where he spent much of his presidency. The display was supposed to end in February, but has been...
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Scheduled maintenance will have some Metrorail passengers taking buses this weekend on parts of the Blue and Orange Lines. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, free shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains between Federal Center SW and Cheverly. Six stations will be closed: Capitol South, Eastern Market, Potomac Avenue, Stadium Armory, Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood. An express b...
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Scheduled track work will cause delays on three of Metro's rail lines this weekend. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday night, Red Line trains will share a single track through downtown Washington between Farragut North and Judiciary Square. Metro says to expect delays of up to 10 minutes through that area. The Red Line work should wrap up Sunday at noon. Work on the Orange Lin...
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Metro says weekend work will cause delays along stretches of the Blue, Red and Green Lines. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday night, buses will replace Blue Line trains in Virginia between the Pentagon and Rosslyn stations with an intermediate stop at Arlington Cemetery. Metro says anyone taking the shuttle should add 20 minutes to their expected travel time. On the Red Line...
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Scheduled track work will cause delays on Metro's Red and Orange Lines this weekend. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday night, buses will replace Orange Line trains between Vienna and East Falls Church. Metro says it will be running both local and express shuttle buses through that area's stations, leading to delays of between 15 and 30 minutes for anyone headed that way. On ...
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Metro is again suspending most weekend track work during the holiday period. For New Year's Eve on Monday, Metro rail and Metrobus will be running on a normal weekday schedule but will be staying open two hours longer than usual to help revelers get home safely. Not only that, but the system stayed open an extra hour Sunday night for the Washington Redskins' primetime ma...
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Metro will continue to suspend most weekend track work during the holiday, and the system will stay open an extra hour Sunday night for the Washington Redskins' prime time matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. The game will determine which team wins the NFC East and earns an automatic playoff berth. Earlier this week, kickoff was moved to 8:20 p.m. and Metro says it will be staying...
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Proponents of reintroducing elk to western Maryland say tourists coming to see the animals would bring millions of dollars each year into the region. The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation says elk tourism would generate nearly $4.5 million every year. The group is working with the state's Department of Natural Resources and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation t...
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There's no scheduled track work on the Red, Orange, Blue, or Yellow Lines this weekend and next weekend. The only planned work is on the Green Line, and it only affects people traveling to or from the Greenbelt Station. Green Line trains will be sharing a single track between Greenbelt and College Park. Metro says anyone traveling to or from the Greenbelt Station s...
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Those planning to travel on the Metro should tack on some extra time, as scheduled track work will cause delays on Metro this weekend. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday night, there will be no Yellow Line service north of the Pentagon station due to weekend work on the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac. Anyone who would normally be taking the Yellow Line into or out of the District...
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Five stations on Metro's Red Line will be closed this weekend for scheduled track work. The Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations will close at 10 p.m. tonight and will stay closed through the weekend. Anyone traveling through the work zone will have to take a free shuttle bus, and Metro says it could take up to an hour longer than usual to make the...
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The Newseum in Washington, D.C. is planning to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy next year with a new film and exhibits chronicling the 35th president's life. One planned exhibit called "Creating Camelot" will feature restored photographs taken by Kennedy's personal photographer, Jacques Lowe. His photos begin during Kennedy's 1958 S...
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Two stations on Metro's Red Line will be closed this weekend for scheduled track work. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday night, buses will be replacing Red Line trains between Fort Totten and Forest Glen. The Silver Spring and Takoma stations will be closed while crews work on station platforms, install fiber-optic cables, and perform other track maintenance. Metro says anyone taking...
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Two turkeys raised in Virginia are coming to Washington for an annual Thanksgiving tradition. The turkeys, from Rockingham County, are headed to the White House for the traditional Presidential pardon. They're traveling in style, with a motorcade and will spend the two nights before Wednesday's ceremony at the W Hotel. Two birds are being sent just in case of any prob...
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A coalition of ethnic and minority groups is calling for a presidential commission to look into creating a national museum focused on how immigration and migration shaped the country. In a letter sent to President Obama this week, the group says a commission would study putting a National Museum of the American People in Washington. The coalition is made up of the leaders of ...
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Scheduled track work will cause delays on four of Metro's five lines this weekend. Starting at 10 p.m. tonight, Red Line trains will share a single track through the weekend between Takoma and Forest Glen. Metro says to expect it to take 15 minutes longer than usual to go through the work area. There will also be 15 minute delays on the Orange Line between East Falls ...
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The Kennedy Center is reopening its Theater Lab tonight after a five-month, $7.5 million renovation.The relaunch, which begins at 6 p.m., will feature a performance of music and poetry. The show will feature jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and poets Holly Bass, Mahogany Browne, Vanessa Hidary and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, according to the Associated Press. This is the fift...