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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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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...
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Metro will be taking advantage of the long Veterans' Day weekend to do scheduled track work on the Orange, Red and Green Lines. The work begins at 10 p.m. Friday night and will continue through the weekend and all day Monday.  On the Orange Line, buses will replace trains between East Falls Church and Clarendon. Metro says it could take anyone going through that ...
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Scheduled track maintenance will have two Metro stations in Virginia closed this weekend. The Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations will close starting at 10 p.m. Friday night. Buses will replace Blue Line trains between the Foggy Bottom and Pentagon stations and Orange Line trains between Foggy Bottom and Court House. A Virginia shuttle will run between Court House, Rosslyn...
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Metro is making no allowances for Halloween-related fun this weekend — scheduled track work will affect service on four of Metro's five rail lines. Starting at 10 p.m. tonight, Red Line trains will share a single track between Twinbrook and Grosvenor and then again between Takoma and Forest Glen. Metro says to allow for about 15 minutes of extra travel time. Meanwhi...
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The lottery is now open for free tickets to attend this year's National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington. The National Park Service opened the online lottery this morning at 10 a.m. People interested in seeing the tree light up can register online or by phone through Monday morning at 10.  The Park Service says there are 17,000 tickets available — 3,000 for seats a...
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For those who have spotted a strange-looking flag flying over the Wilson Building, you're not imagining things. The St. Louis city flag is flying over D.C.'s main government building today as part of an inter-city bet made by Mayor Vincent Gray.Gray and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay made a flag-flying wager during the National League Division Series between the Washington N...
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Scheduled maintenance will be affecting service on Metro's Red, Green and Yellow lines this weekend. The work was set to start at 10 p.m. tonight, but Metro now says it will hold off on all scheduled track work until after tonight's big playoff game tonight at Nationals park. The game begins at 8:30 p.m. and Metro says work will begin once crowds dissipate. Once it st...
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The National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C will close Monday to begin renovations on a new gallery detailing the guard's service since the 9/11 attacks, reports the Associated Press. The museum will reopen on Nov. 1, and in addition to the gallery, the exhibit will also include a memorial wall displaying the names of guardsmen who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. ...
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Metro is planning to use the Columbus Day holiday Monday for an extra day of weekend track maintenance. The work gets underway at 10 p.m. Friday night and will affect service on the Red and Orange lines. Red Line trains will share a single track all weekend between Judiciary Square and Fort Totten. Metro says anyone headed through that stretch can expect it to take up ...
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  The Virginia Institute of Marine Science has is getting nearly $1 million  from the federal government to help protect wetlands that keep pollutants from entering the Chesapeake Bay, the Associated Press reports. Virginia has already lost half its wetlands, and it continues to lose these critical buffers, Carl Hershner, director of the Institute of Marine S...
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Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring an effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay by encouraging people to order Maryland seafood while eating out. The second "From the Bay, For the Bay" promotion gets underway this weekend, but state officials will be launching the effort today at the National Aquari...
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Scheduled track work will cause delays this weekend around the Metro system, starting at 10 p.m. Friday night and excluding only the Blue Line. Buses will replace Green Line trains between Southern Ave. and Branch Ave., as crews install fiber optic cables along the tracks. Three stations will be closed all weekend, they are Branch Avenue, Suitland, and Naylor Road. A shuttle b...
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Metro says ongoing track work will again cause delays this weekend on four of its rail lines, starting at 10 p.m. on Friday night. On the Red Line, there will be single-tracking between Van Ness and Friendship Heights stations as well as on the stretch between NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten. Red Line riders are told to expect 15 minutes of extra travel time. On the Ora...
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The National Archives is displaying the so-called "fifth page" of the U.S. Constitution for the first time this weekend. The fifth page of the Constitution is known as the transmittal page. It's signed by George Washington, and describes how the Constitution was to be ratified and put into effect. The Archives says the extra page will be on display in the East Rotunda Gallery...
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The National Park Service is helping Maryland create a 10-mile natural corridor connecting parks in Frederick County. Maryland's U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin say the NPS is supplying a $950,000 matching grant. That money, combined with $1 million from the state, will help the Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquire 382 acres of new parkland. It will link...