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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 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...
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The trucking industry is urging Virginia to abandon its plan to charge tolls on Interstate 95, launching a campaign called "Say NO to I-95 Tolls." The goal of the anti-toll initiative, according to the Associated Press, is to get the Virginia Department of Transportation to drop a proposed plan to put tollbooths on I-95 in Sussex County. The toll would be $4 for passenger vehi...
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Weekend track work will cause delays on Metro's Blue and Yellow Lines this weekend and it could make for a slower trip to Reagan National airport. Buses will be replacing Blue and Yellow Line trains all weekend between Braddock Road and Pentagon City, and that means the Crystal City and Reagan National Airport stations will be closed. Free shuttle buses will be connecting thro...
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About 200 people who live in an apartment complex in Riverdale, Md., have to look for new places to live after their homes were condemned due to residual effects caused by recent storms, according to The Prince George's Department of Environment Resources. All the residents from the complex's 65 units, located in the 5300 block of Riverdale Park, had to evacuate after emergenc...
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The D.C. Council is considering requiring Pepco to bury more power lines in the District, according to the Associated Press. After strong storms blew across the region June 29 leaving many without electricity for days, lawmakers are again talking about the possibi...
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Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are working to map the underground faults in Virginia that caused last year's earthquake. Over the next ten days, the USGS will be sending a low-flying airplane over Virginia's Louisa, Goochland and Fluvanna counties. On board are instruments to measure gravitational and magnetic pull at different sites. ...
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Scheduled maintenance will cause delays around the Metro system this weekend. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, five stations on the Orange Line will close for track work: Minnesota Avenue, Deanwood, Cheverly, Landover, and New Carrollton. Buses will be replacing Orange Line trains between Stadium Armory and New Carrollton. Riders should expect delays of up to 30 minutes or more. ...
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Despite the heat, Metro says scheduled track work will continue on all lines except for the Green and Yellow. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, five stations on the Orange Line will close for the weekend: Minnesota Avenue, Deanwood, Cheverly, Landover, and New Carrollton. Buses will replace Orange Line trains between Stadium Armory and New Carrollton. Scheduled mainte...
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Drivers are once again being asked this weekend to avoid the outer loop of the Capital Beltway near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge because of ongoing construction. All weekend, weather permitting, the thru lanes on the outer loop will be closed approaching Alexandria. Only one local lane will carry traffic for a stretch between Van Dorn Street and Telegraph Road. Through that ar...
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Metro's scheduled track work continues this weekend, however the Green and Yellow Lines will be spared this week. Navy Yard station on the Yellow and Green Lines will be closed at 10 p.m. Saturday night though, for a security drill. Maintenance and major delays will continue on all other lines. On the Orange Line, buses are replacing trains all weekend between East Fal...
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A rocket launch is planned this week from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. It's scheduled to launch Thursday morning between 6 and 10 a.m., weather permitting. The rocket is 35 feet tall and will carry 17 educational experiments to an altitude of about 75 miles, according to the Associated Press. The experiments were put together by university instr...
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Buses will replace trains on the Blue Line between the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations, beginning at 10 p.m. Those stations will undergo bridge work and track repair. These repairs will cause delays up to 30 minutes for passengers traveling in that direction. Blue Line work will also affect travel on the Yellow Line up to Mt. Vernon Square.  Passengers ...
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Scheduled track work will cause delays for the Metrorail system this weekend.Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, buses will replace trains on the Orange Line between East Falls Church and West Falls Church due to testing related to the Silver Line extension to Dulles airport. Metro says anyone headed through that stretch of the orange line can expect it take 20 minutes longer than...
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There will be delays on Metrorail over the Memorial Day weekend for scheduled maintenance. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, buses will replace trains on the Green Line between Fort Totten and Greenbelt. Crews will be using the long weekend to replace track switches to comply with recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board. Metro says it will take longer than u...
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Maryland is set to become the first state to ban an arsenic additive in chicken feed, after state lawmakers passed a bill last month banning the use of Roxarsone, a chemical used to help chickens grow and fight parasites. Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to sign it this week and it would take effect January 1, 2013. Roxarsone has been distributed by a subsidiary of the ph...
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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...