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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 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...
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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...