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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

Police officers in Hyattsville, Md., are stepping up patrols around Northwestern High School a day after one student allegedly stabbed another.Sergeant Chris Purvis, spokesman for the Hyattsville Police Department, says the fight between the two students broke out near the school's cafeteria Tuesday. One student took out a knife and stabbed the other in the side.The vict...
Investigators say a five-alarm fire in Baltimore's adult entertainment district was not accidental, though they haven't yet determined if it was arson.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the fire has been classified as "incendiary," meaning it was set by someone. But officials say they don't know what the intent of that person was, and no suspects have ...
In the continuing fallout from the Smithsonian's decision to remove a controversial video from an exhibit, the Andy Warhol Foundation is threatening to withhold funding from the institution.The video, which shows ants crawling on a crucifix, was part of an exhibit tracing how gender and sexual identity have shaped American art. It was removed from the National Portrait Gallery ...
Close to 300 new jobs are coming to Virginia. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the expansion of two different companies in the Commonwealth Friday.The first announcement came from the research group PPD Inc., a company that conducts research and clinical trials for drug development. It plans to invest $28 million to expand operations in Henrico County over the next three years....
Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize is to be awarded to Liu Xiaobo, a pro-democracy advocate imprisoned in China. He will be represented in Oslo by an empty chair -- a powerful image for human rights activists around the world, including Larry Cox, the executive director of Amnesty International USA. The group is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and despite many victories, Cox says this is...
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Three leaders of the MS-13 street gang in Washington are facing mandatory life sentences after being convicted of racketeering and conspiring to murder a rival gang member today. The conviction is the first of its kind for the D.C. region.John Torres, the special agent in charge of the Washington Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says in the past two years, IC...
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Click HERE for an update on this story.Authorities say a man has been arrested in the Baltimore area for plotting to blow up a military recruitment center in Catonsville, Md.Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore, says the individual was attempting to use a car bomb to blow up the...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is offering a buyout deal to many executive branch employees. Under an executive order signed Tuesday, eligible employees can apply to leave their jobs in exchange for a $15,000 payment, plus $200 for each year of service and three months of medical, prescription and dental benefits.The buyout is part of an effort to reduce the size of the state go...
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As Monday's inauguration approaches in Prince George's County, Md., some public figures are weighing in on whether Councilmember-elect Leslie Johnson should take office.Johnson and her husband, current County Executive Jack Johnson, are facing charges of bribery, conspiracy and extortion stemming from a federal corruption probe.On person who is not weighing in is County ...
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The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is removing a video installation after complaints from a Catholic group that the images were sacrilegious.The video is part of an exhibit called "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," which is supposed to trace how questions of gender and sexual identity hav...
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A teenager from D.C., who police call a potential suspect in the slaying of an American University professor, is being extradited to Montgomery County, Md.Deandrew Hamlin, 18, is charged with being a fugitive from justice. He was taken into custody after police say he crashed an SUV missing from Professor Sue Marcum's home.Marcum was found dead in her Bethesda home in Oc...
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Maryland is designing a Sept. 11 memorial to be dedicated in Baltimore next fall on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. And the state is now in possession of an artifact from the World Trade Center that will serve as the focus of the display.The artifact -- three steel beams fused together -- was transported this week from a hangar at New York's JFK International Air...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and members of Virginia's Congressional Delegation are due to meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates this morning.The meeting is primarily to discuss a plan to close the Joint Forces Command in the Hampton Roads area. The Pentagon's plan to close the facility is part of a larger effort to reduce spending by the Pentagon. But McDonnell claims the cl...
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Police in Fairfax County, Va., say they believe the man responsible for breaking into dozens of homes while residents were asleep has been arrested in Maryland.Police say they arrested Brad Edmonds of Oxon Hill, Md., after they saw him break into cars in Potomac. They charged him with burglary and related offenses after searches of his home and car found items involved in burgl...
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A correctional center in Virginia will become the first major state prison in the country to install a videophone so deaf inmates can communicate with family and friends, as part of a settlement with deaf and hard of hearing inmates.A group of deaf and hard of hearing inmates at the Powhatan Correctional Center sued Virginia's Department of Corrections in January. It accused th...
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A legislative panel says Virginia likely won't need a new law to allow a controversial form of DNA searches.Traditional DNA searches look for exact matches of biological evidence left at a crime scene and the profiles of offenders already in the DNA database. But a technique called a familial DNA search expands the search to include near-matches -- people in the database who co...
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A man from Philadelphia is admitting to threatening Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in a video posted on YouTube in March. Norman LeBoon, 38, pleaded guilty to two threat-related charges today.Prosecutors say he called the congressman "a liar" and "a Lucifer" in the video and vowed to shoot him.Authorities are not linking the video to the bullet fired through Cantor's campaign ...
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says the Department of Motor Vehicles is not required to accept a federal work permit as proof that a driver's license applicant is legally in the United States. The opinion follows a request for clarification from the DMV Commissioner.Virginia law requires applicants to present proof of legal residence to obtain a license. Cuccinelli no...
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Prosecutors are dismissing charges against five people who were accused of aggravated assault in the death of a man who threw a brick through a window of the DC9 nightclub last month.The U.S. Attorney's Office says there isn't sufficient basis to back up the charges against the nightclub owner and four employees.They were first charged with second degree murder -- then l...
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Prosecutors are dismissing charges against five people who were accused of aggravated assault in the death of a man who threw a brick through a window of the DC9 nightclub last month.The U.S. Attorney's Office says there isn't sufficient basis to back up the charges against the nightclub owner and four employees.They were first charged with second degree murder -- then l...