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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

By Rebecca BlattMetro riders using paper fare cards now have to pay 25 cents more than Smartrip users.On Monday, Metro will implement a new peak-of-the-peak fee weekday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Trips that begin inside that window will cost 20 cents more.A 20-cent fee will be applied during the morning peak-of-the-peak period from 7:30 to 9:00 am on weedays...
By Rebecca BlattMetro riders using paper fare cards now have to pay 25 cents more than Smartrip users.On Monday, Metro will implement a new peak-of-the-peak fee weekday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Trips that begin inside that window will cost 20 cents more.A 20-cent fee will be applied during the morning peak-of-the-peak period from 7:30 to 9:00 am on weedays...
Attorneys for the so-called D.C. sniper are trying to convince Governor Tim Kaine that their client is too mentally ill to be executed.John Allen Muhammad's lawyers say they gave Kaine a compilation of interviews with attorneys, mental health experts and witnesses showing Muhammad's mental illness. The U.S. Supreme Court has banned executions of people who are mentally ill....
Inspection records for the water main that burst and flooded River Road in Bethesda Maryland last year are still missing, despite a three-month search. The main that burst last December dated back to 1965. The break in December left several people trapped in cars. They had to be rescued by helicopter and boat. After the flood, investigators determined that the main had been laid ...
Chancellor Michelle Rhee's office tells the Washington Post more than 40,000 students were enrolled in D.C. public schools Wednesday, up from 30,000 reported just before the academic year began on Monday.Late arrivals and an influx of paperwork verifying D.C. residency are thought to have contributed to the increase. But enrollment is still below last year's final number -- ab...
Maryland and Virginia are asking the federal government for economic recovery money to improve rail service.Virginia is proposing using stimulus funds for a high speed rail project. Gov. Tim Kaine says the state wants to construct an 11.4-mile section of track along Interstate 95 in Stafford and Prince William counties. It would cost nearly $75 million . Kaine says the state is...
Maryland's Governor, Martin O'Malley, is expected to give an update on the state's swine flu preparations today. The state is working on a plan to offer the swine flu vaccine to any resident who wants it. O'Malley will give more details this afternoon, when he visits Prince George's County Community College. The plan is dependent on widespread availability of the vaccine, which is n...
The board that sets sentencing guidelines in Virginia is looking into how often crimes are committed with children as witnesses. It's trying to determine whether those crimes should be punished more harshly. Right now there's nothing in Virginia's sentencing guidelines requiring extra prison time when a crime is committed in front of a child. But some judges do tack on additional pri...