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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

Metro officials are continuing to investigate an escalator malfunction during Saturday's rally with Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel says four people were injured around 2 p.m. Saturday at the bottom of the escalator at the L'Enfant Plaza station downtown. He says it's not clear exactly how the escalator malfunctioned....
Federal Judge Roger Titus issued an order Friday extending the deadline for receiving overseas ballots from Nov. 12 to Nov. 22.He ruled on a lawsuit brought by a member of the Maryland National Guard, who sued the state board of elections because he says overseas voters have not been given enough time to obtain and return ballots for Tuesday's election.The plaintiff alle...
UPDATE: Police in Virginia say bullet holes were found at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. It's the fourth time someone has fired at military-related buildings in the area since Oct. 17.The FBI is urging the gunman behind the shootings to turn himself in. They say the latest shooting at the marine corps museum in Triangle, Va., appears to be connected to the earlier thr...
The National Geographic Society will gain a new leader at the end of this year. Gilbert Grosvenor is stepping down as chairman of the board of trustees. It will be the first time the organization has not been run by a member of the Grosvenor family since its founding in 1888....
A man from Northern Virginia is in custody facing charges that he tried to help people he believed were al-Qaida operatives planning to bomb Metro stations. Metro says riders were never in danger during the investigation.A statement released by Metro says the FBI was closely monitoring Farooque Ahmed's activities from before the alleged activity began.Metro also says it ...
A man from Northern Virginia is in custody facing charges that he tried to help people he believed were al-Qaida operatives planning to bomb Metro stations. Metro says riders were never in danger during the investigation.A statement released by Metro says the FBI was closely monitoring Farooque Ahmed's activities from before the alleged activity began.Metro also says it ...
A man from Northern Virginia is in custody facing charges that he tried to help people he believed were al-Qaida operatives planning to bomb Metro stations. Metro says riders were never in danger during the investigation.A statement released by Metro says the FBI was closely monitoring Farooque Ahmed's activities from before the alleged activity began.Metro also says it ...
Helicopters carrying illuminated signs that read "Die With Dignity" will be in the air over the Baltimore-Washington region this weekend.They're part of a campaign by the Final Exit Network, a group that says it only counsels adults afflicted with incurable illnesses who want to end their lives.Several of its members are facing criminal charges related to assisted suicid...
The FBI says the same gun was used to shoot at the Pentagon on Oct. 19 and the national Marine Corps museum in Triangle, Va., two days earlier. No one was injured in either incident.The FBI also says it's looking into a shooting at a Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly, Va., overnight Monday.Investigators are conducting ballistics tests to determine if the recru...
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he will wait until the first day of the 2011 General Assembly session to introduce legislation to privatize liquor sales in the state.McDonnell had wanted to call a special session to debate the issue, but he says he's still gathering support for the move. He said calling a special session without a guarantee for the bill would be a waste of tax...
The D.C. area is not among the recipients of nearly $600 million in infrastructure grants announced this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The region had requested money for an expanded regional bike-sharing program.Ron Kirby, the director of Transportation Planning for the region's Council of Governments,...
The D.C. area is not among the recipients of nearly $600 million in infrastructure grants announced this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The region had requested money for an expanded regional bike-sharing program.Ron Kirby, the director of Transportation Planning for the region's Council of Governments,...
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Opponents of same-sex marriage in Washington are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take their case.A group headed by Bishop Harry Jackson, which had opposed same-sex marriage in the city, says it filed a petition with the high court Tuesday, asking the justices to take their case.Washington began allowing gay marriage in March. Jackson and opponents of gay marriage had pr...
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The restaurant named best burger joint in D.C. by USA Today is being ordered to stop grilling by a D.C. Superior Court judge.Rogue States opened near Dupont Circle in February and since then, owner Raynold Mendizabal says, business has been booming. But a neighboring law firm...
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By Rebecca BlattAAA Mid-Atlantic is warning drivers to prepare for holiday travel gridlock this afternoon, as residents return from vacations.John Townsend, spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, says while Hurricane Earl may have prompted some people to postpone travel plans Friday, travelers made up for it on Saturday and Sunday. And that will mean congestion on the roads tod...
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By Rebecca BlattThe five stations closed this holiday weekend on Metro's Red Line are set to reopen on time Tuesday morning. But Metro says when service resumes at the Glenmont, Forest Glen, Silver Spring, Fort Totten and Georgia Avenune-Petworth stations, trains will travel at reduced speed through the area.Crews will be evaluating the work they did this weekend. A Metr...
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The University of Virginia is beginning its new academic year with a new iPhone app. The free program, called the 'The Good Ol' App," offers 22 subapps. You can look up sports scores, search for library books, browse for courses and access the student directory. It will even let you listen to fight songs and cheers.But the feature UVA is boasting most about allows users wander...
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By Rebecca BlattPolice in Leesburg, Virginia are investigating whether the suspect in a three-state stabbing spree is responsible for another unsolved death.Leesburg Police Chief Joseph Price says Elias Abuelazam was in the area in March 2009 when 44-year-old Jammie Lane was stabbed.At one point, Abuelazam lived directly across from him in a townhouse community....
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By Rebecca BlattVirginia's lawsuit challenging the national health care reform law has cleared its first legal hurdle.A federal judge is refusing to dismiss the case.Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli argues Congress exceeded its authority by passing the health reform law.He says a federal mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance or pay a ...
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By Rebecca BlattVirginia's lawsuit challenging the national health care reform law has cleared its first legal hurdle.A federal judge is refusing to dismiss the case.Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli argues Congress exceeded its authority by passing the health reform law.He says a federal mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance or pay a ...