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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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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...
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Maryland is seeking proposals for its Stream Restoration Challenge. The program started last summer with the goal of establishing 1,000 acres of streamside forests by 2015, reports the Associated Press. These buffers help keep storm water runoff and sediment from entering waterways and eventually ...
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A portion of of Metro's Red Line will be closed  this weekend for scheduled track work. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday night, shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between the NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma stations while crews work on the bridge at New York Avenue and perform other scheduled maintenance on the tracks. The Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations w...
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One of five known manuscripts of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address goes on display today at the Library of Congress. The library will be displaying the what's known as the John Hay copy of the famous Civil War speech for six weeks through May 4 as part of the "Civil War in America" exhibition. The exhibit commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War thr...
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There's no scheduled maintenance on the Metro system this weekend, as the transit system is taking a break from its usual weekend track work for cherry blossom season. Although the weather this week has felt more like winter at times, Spring is here, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway. With more than a million people expected to visit Washington to see the 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...