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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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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...
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NASA is planning to launch a suborbital rocket Thursday morning from its Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The test flight had been planned for Wednesday, but NASA says it was postponed until tomorrow to allow for additional testing of the payload, according to the Associated Press. It will be the first flight of the Talos-Terrier-Oriole laun...
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Scheduled track work is causing delays on Metro's Red, Orange, and Blue lines over this holiday weekend. Red Line trains are sharing a single track between Fort Totten and Rhode Island Avenue while crews work on station platforms. That's causing delays of up to 10 minutes along that stretch. There are also 10 minute delays on the Orange Line as platform work has trains single ...
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The Virginia Department of Transportation says drivers can expect heavy delays this weekend on westbound Interstate 66 approaching the Capital Beltway. Starting at 9 p.m. Friday night, multiple lanes will be closed, weather permitting. It's part of the multi-billion dollar 495 Express Lanes project, which is expected to last through the end of the year. This weekend's work is ...
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Scheduled track work will again be causing delays on Metrorail this weekend, as it has most weekends this year, but this weekend it will be confined to the Red and Orange Lines. Work on the Metrorail extension to Dulles airport will have buses replacing Orange Line trains all weekend between Vienna and East Falls Church. Three Orange Line stations will also close starting 10 p...
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A Maryland lawmaker admitted that he was drinking before operating a motorboat that collided with another vessel, injuring him and five others. Delegate Don Dwyer said at a news conference Thursday afternoon at Shock Trauma in Baltimore that he regretted his actions, saying no one should ever drink and operate a motor vehicle or powerboat. He reportedly had a blood alcohol...
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Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention, joining a growing list of representatives from the D.C. Metro area. Mikulski's office said Wednesday that the senator will lead the podium program highlighting Democratic women candidates for Senate in 2012. A record number of 12 Democratic women are running for Senate this November. ...
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The U.S. military confirmed with the Associated Press that one service member from Maryland and another from Virginia have been killed in Afghanistan. The Pentagon says a sailor from Maryland was among those killed last week when a military helicopter cra...
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The school system in Virginia's Fairfax County is repaying the federal government $1 million after an investigation found that some grant documents had been falsified. Fairfax schools applied for the grant back in 2000 to help pay for a career-awareness program for at-risk students at Glasgow Middle School. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the system $2.7 million to be...
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Maryland's online voter registration system is up and running, allowing first-time voters to register online as well as check the status of their registration via the Maryland State Board of Election website. Mary Cramer Wagner, director of voter registration for the state Board o...
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A white supremacist in Virginia who's accused of violating his supervised release will have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. William A. White is the former leader of the American National Socialist Workers Party, based in Roanoke, Va., according to the Associated Press. A federal jury convicted White in December 2009 on charges of intimidating a group of apartment-complex ...
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Scheduled track work is causing delays on Metro's Red and Orange Lines this weekend. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, buses are replacing trains on the Red line between Union Station and Fort Totten while crews work on the tracks.  To get through that stretch of the Red line, passengers will have to take a shuttle bus. Metro says express buses running directly between Union St...
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Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, buses will replace Blue Line trains to the Van Dorn Street and Franconia Springfield Metro stations. Shuttle buses will connect from the Eisenhower Avenue Station, and Metro officials are advising riders to allow up to 30 minutes of extra travel time. On the Red Line, buses will be replacing trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights. The Medic...