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Rebecca Blatt

Former Senior News Editor

Blatt served as WAMU’s senior news editor for special projects until March 2014. In that role, her work focused on in-depth reporting, political coverage and community engagement. Blatt coordinated coverage of special events such as elections, and she edited and produced news features and series. She also oversaw 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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Obama will address the 26 graduating seniors at Quantico Middle/High School, which serves the children of military service members.The first lady's appearance there on June 3 will be her final stop on a four-school commencement tour this spring.She will address graduates at the University of Northern Iowa, Spelman College in Atlanta and The United States Military Academy...
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Constellation says it will supply the State Department with electricity from a wind power project planned in Pennsylvania and a $50 million solar energy project it plans to build in New Jersey. The solar panels will be built by a federal prison service that provides job skill training to inmates and market-priced goods for the federal government.The utility says it will deliver...
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans thought it would be instructive to hear from McDonnell about how the health care law is affecting individual states. McDonnell -- who is also the vice president of the Republican Governors Association -- says President Obama's administration has often ignored the impact the law is having on state governments.McDonnell op...
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The legislation was an effort to curb childhood obesity and related health problems. But school boards and superintendent groups said the measure would require additional staff and facilities -- and would be too burdensome on many districts already facing budget pressure.In a statement Thursday, McDonnell calls the measure an unfunded mandate that could cut into time for instru...
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The allegations, reported by The Washington Examiner this week, include claims that McKinley Technology High School Principal David Pinder told staff members to put phony grades on student transcripts.Wednesday Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson placed Pinder on paid administrative leave.In a statement, DCPS acknowledges that there has been a series of investigat...
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Thomas Middleton says lawmakers are considering studying the issue for another year before approving anything.O'Malley's proposal would require state utilities to buy energy generated by wind turbines off the coast of Maryland.O'Malley is expected to push for the bill in a news conference Wednesday, as he tries to negotiate approval before the General Assembly adjourns A...
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Some members of the region's Congressional delegation introduced legislation to set federal standards after Metro's fatal Red Line crash in 2009. They say 14 million passengers ride subway systems every day, but it's the only mode of transportation without federal oversight and enforcement.Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner of Virginia and Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland are c...
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Police say Carlos Martinelly Montano was driving drunk last August when he crashed into a Toyota Corolla, killing a Benedictine nun.Montano was an illegal immigrant, who had been convicted of driving under the influence twice before and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He had been released pending a deportation hearing.Prince William Board Chairman Cor...
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A study shows that on average, statewide, a family of four in the state needs to bring in approximately $44,000 a year to cover basic expenses, including housing, food and child care.There was regional variation in their data.Researchers say the average household in Northern Virginia would have to earn approximately $64,000 a year to cover basic expenses.But whil...
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Dr. Maurice Miles of Laurel Lakes Cosmetic Dentistry says its a way for the clinic to give back to the community. And he says he hopes more will follow."I actually have colleagues that work in the Laurel-Columbia area that say you know what -- the next time you do it I want to be in on it," he says. "So I think if we can get it going we should be able to do a couple more -- no...
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Virginia's heart attack mortality rates are continuing a 10-year decline.Virginia's health commissioner, Dr. Karen Remley, says a 45 percent decrease in heart attack mortality rates is very exciting. But she says, as a woman, she's especially thrilled to see that rates among women were down 49 percent, and the difference in mortality between white and black women narrowed from ...
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The announcement of the grant follows a new survey suggesting there's more to be done in schools to address the problem.The survey, from the nonprofit Share our Strength, asked teachers across the country to report how often students come to class hungry. Anne Sheridan, the organization's Maryland director, says almost two-thirds reported seeing children in their classrooms reg...
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Maryland's Senate president, Mike Miller, says the Senate will begin debating the bill on Wednesday. Miller says the debate could last all day, and he says he has asked lawmakers to act "gentlemanlike" and "ladylike" as they consider the measure.Miller says there could be a full vote on the bill next Tuesday. It was approved by a Senate committee last week and has the stated su...
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Navy installations throughout the continental U.S., Guam and Hawaii will participate in Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield Tuesday through Friday.The Navy will practice how it would respond to multiple terrorist threats at home. The exercises will incorporate lessons learned during the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 and the 2009Fort Hood shooting, among others.The Na...
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On the Blue and Orange Lines, there will not be train service between the Metro Center and the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail stations. The two stations in between -- Federal Triangle and Smithsonian -- will be closed until Tuesday morning. There will be shuttle bus service there, while Metro replaces track switches, repairs tunnel leaks and does maintenance on escalators and elevators....
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Ted Loza pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to one count of accepting an illegal gratuity and one count of making a false statement. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he's likely to receive between eight and 14 months in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.Loza was charged in 2009 with taking bribes and free trips in exchange for pushing legislation that would benefit some taxic...
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Some Democrats have argued that McDonnell and the GOP-ruled House were maxing out the state's credit card. Approximately $3 billion of the plan is borrowed.But supporters say low interest rates and construction costs outweigh risks from the debt -- and senators voted 66-32 to pass the bill Thursday.The vote puts the measure back into McDonnell's hands. He has until late ...
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Kelly Cherry of Halifax, Va., is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, and she has received many honors, but she says none is quite like being a poet laureate.She hopes to use the position to reach out to seniors."It's easy for seniors to be overlooked in this society, so I think it's time to pay some attention to them...
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As a capital city, D.C. plays host to events of national and international significance -- inaugurations, state dinners, global summits.But the event getting the most attention this year is the one taking place in London 100 days from now: the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.WAMU's Rebecca Blatt spoke with Gabriel Gatehouse of the BBC to find out how that ca...
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U.S. postal inspectors are trying to track the origin of incendiary packages sent to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and the state's transportation secretary Thursday.Postal Inspector Frank Schissler of the Washington field division says there were exterior markings on the packages that will help investigators narrow down their origin. But he says the packages didn't have individ...