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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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Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell will be appearing with the Commonwealth's eight living former governors later today at a fundraising event for the  University of Virginia. About 350 political leaders and guests are expected this evening at the 11th annual gala for UVA's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadersh...
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Today marks five years since a student gunman at Virginia Tech killed 32 students and faculty members before turning his weapon on himself. At midnight last night, members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and other students lit a candle at the campus memorial. It will stay lit through the day. A larger candlelight vigil is planned for tonight. In prior years on Ap...
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Space shuttle Discovery will be joining the Smithsonian family next week. The shuttle will be flying in from Florida on the back of a Boeing 747, and as it makes its flyover near Washington's landmarks, it should be easily seen from the National Mall. The Smithsonian is also recommending several other places to get a good view, including Hains Point and the Southwest Waterf...
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The Virginia State Capitol has been selected as one of 10 influential buildings in America, and will be featured on a national PBS television special, titled "10 Buildings That Changed America." The 10 buildings were selected in consultation with architectural historians and others. The show's host, Geoffrey Baer, says the sites had to have had a powerful influence on the en...
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Starting today, Metro is handing out 400,000 survey cards at Metrorail stations to get passengers involved in planning and operations decisions. The questionnaires will be distributed at all 86 stations during the survey period, which goes through May 25. Passengers will be asked about the trip they are making when they receive the form, so they may get these more than once....
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is asking sheriffs and jailers around the Commonwealth for copies of their policies on strip searches. The request was prompted by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week that says people detained for even min...
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The District is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the D.C Compensated Emancipation Act with a series of events in the city. Congress passed the act during the Civil War, and when President Abraham Lincoln signed it in 1862, nine months before he issued the more famous emancipation proclamation, it freed more than 3,000 slaves in Washington. The city celebrate...
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Insurance regulators in Virginia are reminding homeowners to review their policies to see if they have earthquake insurance. The State Corporation Commission's Bureau of Insurance says damage caused by earthquakes is not included under homeowners policies unless it's purchased as an addition, according to the Associated Press. A law recently passed by the General Assembly requ...
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International travelers at Dulles airport could see a streamlined arrvals process now that a new expansion to the international arrivals area is complete.The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says the new building will improve the total experience for inbound international travelers coming through Dulles. At nearly 400,000 square feet, the new space is twice as la...
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will be campaigning in Maryland today ahead of next week's primary. Paul, a Congressman from Texas, is running fourth in the delegate race among the Republican candidates seeking their party's nomination to challenge President Obama this fall. He's scheduled to attend a town hall meeting tonight at the University of Maryland in Colleg...
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Nearly 9 out of 10 rivers, streams, and lakes inspected in Virginia have some level of pollution. Eveb so, the latest numbers do show some measure of improvement. That finding comes from assessments conducted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality between 2005 and 2010. And while the department says it did find pollution in more than 13,000 miles of streams and ri...
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Parts of Virginia are still feeling aftershocks nearly eight months after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the D.C. region. The latest aftershock--a 3.1-magnitude trembler--struck late Sunday night. It was centered in Louisa County, 8 miles southwest of Mineral, Va. and 88 miles southwest of Washington. The location was very close to the epicenter of last August's quake, whic...
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An environmental group says Virginia ranks second in the nation in the amount of toxic chemicals dumped in state waterways. The report from the group Environment Virginia says industrial facilities released more than 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals into lakes, rivers and streams around the Commonwealth in 2010. The group bases that figure on the latest tally of toxic c...
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In a change from recent routine, Metro won't be conducting any scheduled maintenance work this weekend because of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The pause from scheduled track work lasts over the next four weekends, as the festival continues. Metro officials say its ridership goes up more than 15 percent on average during the cherry blossom season, and the number of ...
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A bus dispatcher is due stand trial in Virginia on charges stemming from a wreck last year that killed four passengers. It was May 31, 2011 when a Sky Express bus swerved off Interstate 95 about 30 miles north of Richmond, hit an embankment and turned over, killing four people. The driver already faces charges of involuntary manslaughter. Now, the bus's dispatcher is also head...
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Bad weather has prompted NASA to reschedule the launch of five rockets from its Wallops Facility in Virginia, according to the Associated Press. The rockets are part of a project to the study how winds move in the upper levels of the jet stream 60-65 miles above the Earth. The launch has already been postponed several times because of uncooperative weather, and that's what ha...
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The D.C. Council passed emergency legislation yesterday halting major changes to the way disabled drivers park cars in the city, according to Associated Press. The bill, sponsored by Council member Muriel Bowser, suspends enforcement of the city's new "red-top" parking meter program for 90 days. The program would have required people with valid disability plates or placar...
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The Washington National Cathedral says it will open its central tower to visitors for one day this weekend. It marks the first time it's been opened since the earthquake last August. The 5.8 magnitude quake caused significant damage to the Cathedral's spires, but the central tower has been deemed structurally sound and safe for visitors and will open Saturday for a "tower clim...
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Scheduled track work is again causing delays on Metrorail this weekend, early cherry blossom bloom or not. On the Red Line, the Shady Grove station will be closed, with shuttles running between the Shady Grove and Rockville stations. Along the Orange Line, trains will share a single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church to allow for cable installation f...
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The District's Board of Elections and Ethics is testing the equipment that will be used to count votes in next month's primary. The primary is scheduled for April 3 and the Board wants to make sure everything is ready before voters head to the polls. A public test of the voting equipment and software used to count votes is planned for this Saturday at the Board's offices near ...