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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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A committee of the Maryland House of Delegates will be talking this week about whether to allow a high-end casino in Prince George's County, according to the Associated Press. Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is supporting a plan that would put a casino at National Harbor near the Potomac River and close to the nation's capital. The House of Delegates Ways and Me...
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A team of surveyors is conducting additional studies of damage to the Washington Monument and they're looking for very small changes which could have much larger consequences. The Monument suffered cracks and crumbling last August when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the region.Now surveyors are trying to figure out whether the Monument sank or tilted as a result ...
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To welcome Discovery, the National Air and Space Museum is working with NASA in planning a series of more than 25 special exhibits, programs and activities that will highlight the 30-year history of the space shuttle program and the future of space exploration. Discovery is scheduled to leave NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the back of a Boeing 747 on April 17. It...
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Three stations on Metro's Red Line will be closed this weekend for scheduled maintenance work. The Shady Grove, Rockville, and Twinbrook stations will close at 10 p.m. Friday so crews can spend the weekend replacing track circuit modules as part of work recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. Buses will replace Red Line trains between Shady Grove and White...
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Healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente is expanding its services in the mid-Atlantic region. Kaiser says it's planning four new medical centers around the region. One will be on M St in northwest Washington and will replace the existing downtown D.C. facility. In Maryland, new centers are planned for Gaithersburg and South Baltimore. While in Virginia, a new Tysons Corner Medic...
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Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) says he'll hold a hearing this week on the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs of communities around the country. Cardin says local communities are facing challenges, including population growth and aging infrastructure. He notes the Water Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors is estimating that local government spending on water and...
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Metro riders have come to expect major track work on the weekends, as the agency looks to repair and upgrade the transit system. But from March 24 to April 15, riders will get a "spring break." Metro officials say they will suspend its aggressive track work schedule to accommodate the large crowds expected for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. During the festival, Metro...
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Metro's scheduled track continues this weekend, which will cause delays in several parts of the system. On the Red Line, track circuit replacement recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board has trains sharing a single track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations, while bridge work has trains single-tracking between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue st...
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Metro says it will suspend its aggressive schedule of track work during the cherry blossom season beginning in late March. People who take metrorail on weekends have come to expect ...
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Metro's weekend track work continues on this Presidents' Day Monday, with three stations closed. On the Orange Line, the Courthouse and Clarendon Stations will remain closed all day while crews replace track switches. Buses are replacing trains between Rosslyn and Virginia Square, and Metro says anyone headed through that area along the Orange Line can expect it to take 20-30 ...
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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell continues to do very well when rated by Virginia registered voters even while other chief executives at the state level are getting the thumbs down gesture from their constituents. Of registered commonwealth voters polled last week, 58 percent gave McDonnell a positive rating. "Virginia's economy seems to be doing better than most of the rest of...
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Two police officers in Maryland's Prince George's County have been suspended while investigators try to sort out exactly why one of them fired his weapon during an incident last week. The confrontation happened Friday in Brentwood, and followed a chase that started at a convenience store that police thought was about to be robbed. Authorities had first said the officer drew an...
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Julius Henson, a campaign consultant for former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich during his re-election against current Gov. Martin O'Malley, is back in court today. Henson is accused of using robocalls to suppress turnout among black voters. The calls that went out on Election Day told O'Malley's supporters to "relax" because he had already won. Henson's trial was po...
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The National Archives is unveiling its newly restored copy of the Magna Carta. Philanthropist David Rubenstein bought the 715-year-old document at auction in 2007 for $21 million and sent it to the Archives on a long-term loan. He then made an additional gift of $13.5 million to restore the parchment, the only Magna Carta in the U.S., and one of only 17 worldwide. The fir...
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Metro's ongoing Capital Improvement Program will affect service on the Blue and Orange Lines this weekend. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, the Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations will be closed through the weekend. Crews will be working on rail fasteners as well as removing sludge from the tunnel under the Potomac River. Shuttle buses will connect through those a...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and other city leaders are heading to New York to try to to get the district's bond ratings upgraded. Mayor Gray is scheduled to leave later today. In New York, he and other leaders will meet with the three major credit rating agencies. They told Gray last year that the District needed to build up its reserve fund, which had shrunk during the economic ...
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Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson will have two more weeks of freedom before reporting to federal prison. He was scheduled to surrender to authorities on Friday, but a judge has pushed that back until February 18. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says it hasn't completed its evaluation or finalized plans on where to send Johnson. He's asked to serve his ...
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Cleveland Park and Woodley Park Metro stations will be closed this weekend due to scheduled track work. The two Red Line stations will be out of service beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, and will stayed closed through the weekend. Shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Van Ness station and Dupont Circle station. Meanwhile, track work will have trains shari...
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The number of teenaged drivers killed in Virginia so far this year is up sharply over the same period in 2011, prompting safety advocates to urge precautions to parents and new drivers. Preliminary figures show that 11 young people between the ages of 16 and 20 died in crashes around the Commonwealth over the first three and a half weeks of the year, compared with just three f...
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Three Metro workers have been disciplined for letting an extra-long train into the transit system. Metro station platforms are designed to handle trains with up to eight cars. Any more and the train is too long to fit.  The incident in question happened back in December when a ten-car train was allowed to leave Shady Grove at the end of the Red Line and stopped at two sta...