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Matthew S. Schwartz

Reporter

Matthew S. Schwartz is a regular contributor to WAMU 88.5. He won the 2015 national Edward R. Murrow award for feature reporting in large market radio and also has won regional Associated Press awards for feature reporting and use of sound.

Previously, Matt worked as a technology reporter covering the intricacies of Internet regulation for Communications Daily. He's also done stints at the Sandusky Register and The Detroit News. He once wrote a very well-received article about eggnog.

When he's not reporting, Matt sings tenor with the Basilica of the National Shrine, and occasionally with the Washington National Opera. He got his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.A. from the University of Michigan. ("Go Blue!")


Articles Written by Matthew S. Schwartz

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Strawberries, Maryland and your mother play a starring role in this edition of What’s With Washington, in which we answer a question posed by several listeners: Does the Washington D.C. region have an accent? It turns out Washington is a tough place for linguists to tease out the real accent. It is one of the most transient cities in the country, and most people w...
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Soon after Staff Sgt. Sean Hackshaw joined the Army, he found himself deployed into a war zone. “North Afghanistan, Kunduz City,” Hackshaw recalls. “I deployed in 2011 and yes, I saw combat, sir.” But three years ago, Hackshaw was re-assigned. He no longer fights. Now, he honors those who have fallen. Hackshaw is a member of the Old Guard, the oldest active...
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When most people imagine frog sounds, “ribbit! ribbit!" is often what comes to mind. But frogs in the Washington region don’t actually say ribbit. When Hollywood filmmakers needed frog sounds, they went out and recorded the frogs in their backyard. Thus, the Pacific Tree Frog got all the glory. ...
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Campaign cash was at the center of the Democratic primary in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District — indeed it was the most expensive race for a House seat in the nation. But it was ultimately Jamie Raskin, who spent the least of the three front-runners, who won the race. Three months ago, this election b...
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The Washington region is home to the largest concentration of Ethiopians outside of Africa. Ethiopians in D.C. began opening shops and restaurants in Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights and, when rents got too expensive, the Shaw area. Today the largest concentration of Ethiopian businesses is in Silver Spring, Maryland, and to a lesser extent, Alexandria, Virginia. But when d...
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Each year, parents of 4th-graders at Brent Elementary on Capitol Hill have a decision to make: What to do about middle school? The question essentially comes a year early. Middle school starts at 6th grade in D.C.'s traditional public school system, but for Brent parents like Amy Harding-Wright, 5th grade is the time to make a move. A couple years ago, her daughter...
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Third in a three-part series: Paying at-risk people to stay out of trouble is the most controversial part of a new D.C. crime bill that also proposes counseling and other services to prevent repeat offenses. But a similar program — minus the money and the violent offenders — is already in use in D.C., with the blessi...
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In the beautiful tree-lined neighborhood of Wesley Heights in Northwest Washington, composer Haskell Small sits at his piano as he describes his passion. “Recently I’ve been more and more fascinated with silence,” says Small, who teaches piano and composition at the Washington Conservatory of Music. “Sounds that are as quiet as feasible, approaching inaudibility.”...
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One of the first things Jeff Feldman noticed when he moved to D.C. was how he seemed to hear loud sirens “all the time.” He has lived in Brooklyn and Miami, but he says Washington has both cities beat when it comes to the apparent volume and frequency of sirens. He asked, “Why are there so many sirens in D.C.?” ...
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According to D.C.'s official tally, almost 1,300 properties in the city are vacant or even blighted — and the real number may be much higher. These properties are taxed at a rate six times higher than occupied ones. But unless city inspectors confirm every six months that a property is still vacant, the tax rate goes back down to normal. That means it's difficult for D.C....
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A group of lawyers, judges and former jurors has spent the last year figuring out how to make D.C.'s jury system work better. At the top of their list: how to deal with people who don’t respond to a jury duty summons. In 2014, the D.C. Superior Court sent more than 150,000 jury summonses. Of those, 22,000 were returned as undeliverable — and 70,000 people just didn’t r...
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Metro Connection Segments Why The Clara Barton National Historic Site Was 60 Years In The Making...
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Metro Connection Segments Lifelong Montgomery County Resident, Coach Warren Crutchfield Reflects On A Life ...
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Metro Connection Segments Why Is A Tiny Triangle Of Land In D.C. Dedicated To Sonny Bono? ...
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Metro Connection Segments In Damp Metro Tunnels, Prehistoric Plants Thrive ...
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Much of the focus around Pope Francis's visit to Washington has been on road closures and transit delays. But some local musicians were thinking less about traffic snarls, and more about how to make Wednesday’s Mass — the pope's very first in the United States — as beautiful as possible. WAMU 88.5 contributor Matthew Schwartz sings tenor in the choir of the Basilica of...
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As the Washington, D.C., region prepares for the papal visit this week, much of the focus is on which roads will be closed and how to deal with the ensuing traffic. But some local musicians are thinking less about traffic snarls, and more about how to make the Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of th...
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The happy couple, Szilvia Mongelos and Laszlo Balazs. The pair met after Mongelos started a Facebook group to crowdsource love. (Szilvia Mongelos) Men with missing teeth, with no hai...
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Metro Connection Segments Endangered Port Royal, Va. Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin ...
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Metro Connection Segments An Uncomfortable Link Between Race And Marijuana Arrests In D.C. ...