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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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A piece of American history handed down by one family for generations is now on display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia. The item is a sledgehammer used by U.S. Marines during the raid on Harpers Ferry led by radical abolitionist John Brown in 1859.  Brown's raid targeted the U.S. arsenal at what was then Harpers Ferry, Va. in an attempt to get weap...
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In a different type of "fundraising drive," tolls collected today on the Dulles Greenway are going to support local charities as part of the 7th annual Dulles Greenway "Drive for Charity." All proceeds today will go to groups including the March of Dimes and the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter. Some of t...
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Scheduled track work will again cause delays this weekend on three of Metro's rail lines. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday night, passengers can expect delays of up to 20 minutes along two parts of the Red Line as trains share a single track between Van Ness and Dupont Circle and then again between Takoma and Forest Glen. Meanwhile, on the Orange Line, trains will be single...
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The Washington Capitals are back at home tonight for Game 6 — a must-win affair if the team wants to keep they Stanley Cup ambitions alive. The Caps are looking to rebound from Monday night's loss in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the New York Rangers. The Caps led most of the third period, and were just seconds away from stealing a game in New York...
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A D.C. Council committee has approved a plan to charge higher rates at parking meters during peak periods. The plan, called the performance-parking program, has been tested on H Street in Northeast, D.C. on Capitol Hill and in Columbia Heights in recent years. Mayor Vincent Gray is hoping it will raise more than $3 million next year, and he wants to use the money to improve...
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Environmental activists around the region are joining in a global day of action on climate change. Local events for Climate Impacts Day are planned in the District, Maryland, and Virginia. Participants say they'll be trying to "connect the dots" between extreme weather events and climate change. One event in Virginia at the Vienna Farmer's market plans to look at how ...
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Virginia is again looking like a battleground state in this year's presidential election. The state is also shaping up to be a focus for fundraising. Both President Obama and his likely opponent this fall, Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.), received about $1 million from donors in the Commonwealth over the first quarter of 2012. Romney's tally was just over $989,000. Obama raised s...
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Many Washington Capitals fans are "rocking the red" today ahead of the Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup tonight at the Verizon Center. The Caps will be looking to take the series lead when they face off against the New York Rangers tonight. After splitting the first two games in New York, the Caps gained the home-ice advantage for the remaining five games, and they'll try ...
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Dozens of Secret Service agents will be getting ethics training this week from professors at Johns Hopkins University in the wake of a scandal surrounding agent behavior ahead of a Presidential trip to Colombia. The Secret Service had previously scheduled the training in...
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Don't be surprised if you see some unusual looking aircraft in skies around the Washington region over the next couple of weeks. Starting today, the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting test flights in the Washington area, according to the Associated Press. They'll continue through next Friday. Some of the...
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The National Park Service's natural history collections soon will be available to outside researchers for the first time, under a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. Under the agreement signed this week, the NPS will maintain ownership of its thousands of specimens, but the Smithsonian will permanently take over custodial care of the collection. The Smithsonian's Und...
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Middle school students in Prince George's County will be in class a little longer each day beginning in August, reports the Associated Press. Under the new plan, students will spend an additional 40 minutes in class for a total of as much as seven hours and 20 minutes each day, longer than other students in the region. For some students, the extra time will be use...
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Starting this weekend, the Washington National Cathedral will be offering tours of its unique stone carvings for the first time since the earthquake last summer. There are more than one hundred carved gargoyles and grotesques perched around the outside of the cathedral.  They help divert r...
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The D.C. Public Charter School Board has given tentative approval to four new charter schools. They were selected from 11 applicants: The Sela Public Charter School, will instruct students in English and Hebrew on alternating days. It plans to locate in either Ward 1, 4, or 5. Meanwhile, the Community College Preparatory Academy will serve as an adult-educatio...
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Middle school students in Maryland's Prince George's County will be in class a little longer each day beginning in August. Under the new plan, students will spend an additional 40 minutes in class, for a total of as much as seven hours and 20 minutes each day, longer than other students in the region, according to the Associated Press. For some students, the extra time will be...
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Fares are going up on Virginia Railway Express. VRE Passengers will soon see a 3 percent fare increase, after the railway's operations board approved a fare hike that will take effect July 1. A minimum one-way ticket will go from $2.90 to $3, and the maximum one-way ticket will rise from $10.30 to $10.65. The increase is expected to generate about $900,000 in additional revenu...
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Virginia's State Corporation Commission says protecting underground utility lines is a responsibility shared by all, since they deliver natural gas, electricity, telecommunications, and water and sewer service. April is designated National Safe Digging Month, and authorities in the Commonwealth say when underground lines are damaged, it can cause serious injury, environment...
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Metro's scheduled track maintenance is back this weekend, with delays expected on three lines. After a break the last few weekends for the Cherry Blossom Festival, work is resuming throughout this weekend. Three Red Line stations are closed: Takoma, Fort Totten and Brookland. Buses are replacing trains on the Red Line between Rhode Island Avenue and Silver Spring, and riders...
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Metro is trying out a new style of bicycle parking lot for people who bike to rail stations. The transit agency has begun testing a secure bike parking enclosure called "Bike & Ride" at the College Park station on the Green Line. It's on the first level of the station's parking garage and, after a trial period with a select set of users trying out the facility, it should o...
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Some of Maryland's state employees are unveiling what they're calling a "Doomsday Clock," counting down to big budget cuts that could be on the way. The General Assembly adjourned this year without agreeing on a revenue plan to pay for the state budget. Unless lawmakers pass a plan to raise revenue in a special session, a half a billion dollars in automatic cuts  will tak...