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Rebecca Blatt

Senior News Editor

Blatt is WAMU’s senior news editor for special projects. In this role, her work focuses on in-depth reporting, political coverage and community engagement. Blatt coordinates coverage of special events such as elections, and she edits and produces news features and series. She also oversees WAMU’s Public Insight Network, an online community of people interested in sharing experiences and perspectives for public radio news and programming.

Blatt got her start in radio at North Carolina Public Radio, where she produced interviews for The Story. She earned a master’s degree in journalism at UNC Chapel Hill before coming to WAMU as a morning producer in 2008. Her work has been recognized by the Education Writers Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Journalism Center on Children and Families, the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the New York Festivals radio programming awards. She is currently a student in the Professional MBA program at American University’s Kogod School of Business.


Articles Written by Rebecca Blatt

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Voters in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties in Virginia have selected a new state Senator to replace Mark Herring, who became Virginia's attorney general after a recount last year. The election preserves the even 20/20 party split in the Senate. Tu...
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Arlington County officials wasted no time getting to work in the New Year, with the County Board continuing its tradition of meeting on January 1. At that meeting, the board chose a new chairman and set "innovation" as a priority for 2014. Newly elected Chairman Jay Fisette laid out a plan for Arlington to be what he called "a hub for the innovation economy." He said Arling...
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When the Virginia General Assembly convenes next week, legislators will be debating how to spend state money in the next two years. Starting tomorrow, residents will have a chance to add their opinions to the mix. Virginia's Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees will hold public hearings around the commonwealth tomorrow. Residents can weigh in on the two-year, ...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says she'll introduce a bill to overhaul the Federal Protective Service, which secures buildings used by an estimated 1. 4 million federal employees and visitors every day. The Federal Protective Service is responsible for about 9,000 government buildings that house federal agencies that do not provide their own protection. It was no...
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Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally will be able to obtain a Maryland driver's license or identification card under a new law taking effect today. Under the law, undocumented immigrants will be able to obtain a limited driver's license. That means they can use the license to drive legally, but not to enter federal buildings or board airplanes. To apply for the ...
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The Food and Drug Administration is questioning the legality of a dietary supplement linked with the investigation of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. In a warning letter to Virginia-based Star Scientific Inc., the FDA says the company’s marketing of a product called Anatabloc was i...
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The head of the dietary supplement maker at the heart of a political scandal involving Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has stepped down. Star Scientific Incorporated says CEO Jonnie Williams and president Paul Perito resigned following Friday's shareholder meeting in D.C. Both w...
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Friday is the last day to enroll in health care plans offered by two medical carriers in Maryland to get coverage Jan. 1. There is a midnight deadline to purchase plans from CareFirst and United Healthcare to be covered at the start of 2014. Two other carriers, Evergreen Health Cooperative and Kaiser Foundation, have extended their deadlines until midnight Tuesday.&nbs...
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Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins Children's Center was named one of this year's "10 People Who Mattered" by science journal Nature.  Persaud, a virologist, is being recognized for her work on what the Nature editors say is "the strongest evidence yet that infants ...
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Baltimore-born Summer Britcher, 19, qualified for a spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic women's luge team earlier this month at a World Cup event in Park City, Utah.   She now lives in Glen Rock, Penn., but still has deep ties to the city of Baltimore.  Her father, grandfather and two uncles have served as Baltimore City firefighters.&n...
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The Military Bowl will be played at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md., for the first time this Friday. It's also the first time any bowl game will be played at a military academy.  The University of Maryland will face Marshall University in the annual college football game.  Steve Beck, director of the Military B...
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A judge has removed Virginia's governor from a lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban but is allowing the case to continue with two other defendants. U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski said in Monday's ruling that Governor Bob McDonnell is protected by the constitutional doctrine of sovereign immunity. But he refused to dismiss the case against S...
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Today is a key deadline for people across most of the country hoping to have insurance coverage starting January 1, except in Maryland. Maryland has extended the deadline to purchase coverage to go into effect on New Year's Day. Consumers have until December 27 to enroll through the state-run exchange, and they have until January 15 to pay for that coverage. The ...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has released the final two-year budget proposal of his term, and it includes $38 million of additional funding for mental health services. While that's a start, advocates say that it will take more than that to build an effective mental health system in the commonwealth. McDonnell's proposal would provide funding for community and crisis mental he...
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Police in Prince George's County and the U.S. Postal Service are still looking for leads in the case of a postal worker who was shot and killed while delivering mail in Landover on Saturday. Now D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is asking the Postmaster General for information about conditions that might put other postal workers at risk. Tyson Jerome Barnette, 26, was found su...
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One woman was killed and two police officers injured in a police chase that started at the White House and ended near the U.S. Capitol. The woman was driving a car with a baby inside when she tried to enter White House Grounds. Police followed her on a high-speed chase through downtown D.C. Rob Fox was just outside the Capitol when the shooting happened. He's a program analy...
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Virginia Tech says the driver's license numbers of more than 16,000 job applicants may have been accessed when a computer server was hacked. Virginia Tech says its Department of Human Resources was illegally accessed in August, exposing certain information from job applications. That includes driver's license numbers for the thousands of people who shared the informati...
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A trash collector on strike in Montgomery County has been struck by a garbage truck driven by a temporary worker. Montgomery County police say the driver was beginning his daily runs this morning, when he drove up onto a curb and hit the striking worker. The worker was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was charged with failing to control speed ...
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Federal investigators will be looking into the crash of a small plane along westbound route 50 in Prince George's County, Maryland yesterday afternoon. Maryland State Police say the single-engine four-seat aircraft crashed near Church Road, not far from the Freeway Airport. The crash brought traffic on Route 50 to a halt. The highway was closed in both directions for a time ...
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A small plane carrying three people crashed-landed south of Bowie, Md., late Monday afternoon, shutting down traffic on Route 50. A driver who reported seeing the plane go down called 911 around 3:45 p.m. on Labor Day, Three people have been reported in the single-engine four-seat plane at the time of the crash. Two men were airlifted to Baltimore Shock Trauma in criti...