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Michael Pope

Reporter

Pope is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for WAMU, Connection Newspapers, the New York Daily News and the Tallahassee Democrat. A native of Moultrie, Ga., he grew up in Durham, N.C., and graduated high school in Tampa, Fla. He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Pope is the author of Shotgun Justice (2012), Hidden History of Alexandria, D.C. (2011) and Ghosts of Alexandria (2010), all published by History Press in Charleston, S.C.


Articles Written by Michael Pope

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A recent poll by Christopher Newport University found that two-thirds of voters are not paying attention to the 2015 elections in Virginia, when every seat in the General Assembly will be up for grabs. But electric utilities are, and so are ​real-estate developers and political action committees. Campaign finance records show candidates have raised more than $42 million th...
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The Democratic presidential candidates are meeting for their first debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas. It's seen largely as a showdown between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But the two front-runners will be sharing the stage with three other candidates, two of whom are from our region: former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia and Maryland's former governor, Martin O'Malley. (The other co...
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Click play to hear WAMU 88.5's Michael Pope discuss his reporting on Virginia's car-title lending industry, which offers the promise of quick cash in exchange for the title of your automobile. Read and hear all of Pope's work in his four-part series, The Debt Trap....
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This is Part 4 of "The Debt Trap," a four-part series by WAMU 88.5 reporter Michael Pope about Virginia's car-title lending industry. Car-title lenders don't just offer the promise of quick cash in exchange for an automobile's title. When a loan goes bad, they also take the car. In many of those cases, the vehicle in quest...
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This is Part 3 of "The Debt Trap," a four-part series by WAMU 88.5 reporter Michael Pope about Virginia's car-title lending industry. They cluster around military installations like moths to a flame: high-interest lenders who are hoping to strike it rich in the nearby communities. Although many people associate predatory l...
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This is Part 2 of "The Debt Trap," a four-part series by WAMU 88.5 reporter Michael Pope about Virginia's car-title lending industry. Car-title lending is not legal in D.C. or Maryland or North Carolina. But it is in Virginia. That's created a gold rush for the industry along the border areas, where people desperate for mo...
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This is Part 1 of "The Debt Trap," a four-part series by WAMU 88.5 reporter Michael Pope about Virginia's car-title lending industry. You may have heard their jingles on the radio or seen their commercials that play endlessly on late-night TV. Perhaps you have driven by one of the many storefront operations that cluster ar...
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Already tired of politics in 2016? Well, get ready for the politics of 2017, because Virginia's race for governor is already taking shape. Friday, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie ...
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Metro Connection Segments In The Midst Of Housing Crisis, Why Is D.C. Selling Off Public Housing? ...
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What if Virginia held an election, and nobody showed up — or at least very few voters did? That's what could happen, according to a poll by the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. The poll shows two-thirds of potential voters are not following the news of November's upcoming election, which includes every seat in the General Assembl...
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Metro Connection Segments With Beer And Bobbleheads, Washingtonians Welcome Pope Francis ...
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Most campaigns for sheriff are an afterthought, something that voters consider after making their way through a ballot of state Senate seats and House of Delegate contests. Not this year. The race for sheriff of Fairfax County is taking on a new significance after the death of Natasha McKenna, the 37-year-old African-American woman with schizophrenia who died after being hit multiple ...
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It's pronounced "yül," as in a Yule log. But it's spelled "Euille," a name that may make it difficult for the mayor of Alexandria to keep his job. Back in June, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille lost a hotly contested primary to Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg. Now he's ...
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Leaders in Fairfax County are struggling to cope with the death of inmate Natasha McKenna at the jail earlier this year. After the prosecutor declined to bring charges in the case last week, Sheriff Stacey Kincaid finally released video of the incident that she has been withholding from public view. Virginia reporter Michael Po...
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Standing outside one of the many car-title lending ​operations along Richmond Highway in Fairfax County, state Attorney General Mark Herring says this is an industry that is harming Virginia. ​"Sadly, Virginia is becoming known as the predatory lending capital...
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Fairfax County Sheriff Stacy Kincaid has decided to release a video that shows the struggle leading to the death of Natasha McKenna, an African-American inmate at the jail. Earlier this year, the sheriff denied a Freedom of Information Act request from WAM...
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Metro Connection Segments Baby Boomers Back In the D.C. Startup Game, Working With Their Kids ...
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Moments before introducing Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille during the announcement of his write-in campaign for re-election, former City Councilman Lonnie Rich ducked under a clutch of trees at the southern edge of Waterfront Park. There, as Euille supporters gathered on the lawn, Rich send an email formally resigned from the Democratic commit...
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The court-imposed Sept. 1 deadline for fixing Virginia's 3rd Congressional District has now come and gone with little fanfare. And no action. So what's next? Opinions are divided, and the federal judges aren't saying. At least not yet. That means a number of potential scenarios could be on the horizon. The three-judge panel — which ruled that the General Assembl...
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Students from across Virginia will have one more weekend to enjoy the Berserker and the Dominator, despite the fact that children in D.C. and Maryland are already sitting through math class. That's because of the Kings Dominion Law. It's a 1986 law passed at the behest of the amusement park that prohibits school divisions from opening before Labor Day unless they qualify for...