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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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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 ...
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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...