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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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Ocean City has a new mascot — a crab dressed as a lifeguard. It appeared on billboards and in public service announcements this summer. Police in Ocean City credit the crab with contributing to a 56 percent reduction in pedestrian crashes so far this year. Now Maryland's State Highway Administration plans to use the crab in s...
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The National Park Service says the cleanup is wrapping up at the Lincoln Memorial, three weeks after the statue was vandalized with green paint. Park service spokeswoman Carol Johnson says the final treatment to remove the last traces of paint from the monument was washed off this morning, and the scaffolding around the memorial has been removed. A woman charged w...
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Joseph Roberts, Jr., recovers from severe...
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Gov. Bob McDonnell says he's finished returning gifts from a major political donor who gave his family thousands of dollars in gratuities in the past four years. McDonnell made the statement in an interview with the Associated Press on board a state aircraft. He said his private attorney notified him that all tangible gifts from donor Jonnie Williams have been returned.  ...
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James and Etta Jennings moved to the Forest Hill neighborhood of Richmond in 1959. They were young - just married - and the first owners of their red brick ranch house. They had children and then grandchildren, who gathered in their family room for holidays and learned to swim in their backyard pool....
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The Scripps National Spelling Bee wraps up today in Oxon—that's O-X-O-N, mind you—Hill, Maryland. Forty-two young spellers are advancing to the semifinals of the competition this afternoon; 281 started on Tuesday. They passed through yesterday's onstage rounds and a computer test that included a vocabulary section for the first time in the bee's history. Among ...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the District's Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton are calling on Congress today to approve the District's budget without restrictions on how the city uses tax dollars. Currently D.C.'s budget has to be approved by Congress, and lawmakers have often used their power to inact their own policy agendas. Legislation in previous years prevented...
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Hotels in the D.C. region are not filling up as quickly for the upcoming presidential inauguration as they did for President Barack Obama's first swearing-in four years ago, say D.C. hotel officials. Approximately 1.8 million people flooded the National Mall in 2009. Some hotels sold out months in advance and some city residents even rented out their homes for $100 a night. Bu...
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The fifth annual Military Bowl is set for later this week. The RFK Stadium box office will be open tomorrow and Thursday for ticket sales. San Jose State's football team will take on Bowling Green State University in the bowl game Thursday. But Spokesman Josh Barr says the game is about more than touchdowns and field goals. ...
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Counties and cities in the D.C. area offer different plans for transporting and recycling live Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands. Many will pick them up on regular trash and recycling routes. Some, including Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland, as well as the city of Alexandria in Virginia, will use those trees to create mulch available to residents in th...
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This time of year, many people take breaks from work and try to get some rest and relaxation. But emergency room doctors and nurses in our area say it's one of their busiest seasons. Dr. Geoffry Mount Varner, chief of Howard University Hospital's emergency department, says the most common condition he treats during the holidays is gastric distress, and he says leaving food out...
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In the past few weeks, volunteers at the DC JCC have wrapped more than 1,500 presents to be delivered to homeless shelters and senior centers across the region today. Tracy Martinez brought her daughter to help pack up gifts for families at a women's shelter. "It helps remind her that not all children are as blessed as she is," says Martinez. Erica Steen, D.C....
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Defense Sec. Leon Panetta is giving his department until Jan. 21 to review background checks on all Defense employees who have contact with children. Background checks at the Fort Myer facilities were triggered by the arrests of two daycare workers in September. They were charged with multiple counts of assault on children. As officials scrutinized the backgrounds of other emp...
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Traditions are often a way for parents to pass along family and cultural history to their children. But that can be complicated when families represent a number of religions, races and ethnicities. Neeraj Mistry and Allison Hodges Mistry are in exactly that position. Neeraj's family is of Indian decent, and he grew up in South Africa during Apartheid. Allison grew up the daug...
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One of the most fundamental traditions for Jewish families is welcoming Shabbat (the Sabbath) each Friday night. Jews gather together to say prayers over Shabbat candles, wine and traditional braided challah bread. So when Ann Sablosky and Stephen Rockower's children began heading away for college several years ago, they started looking for ways to include them — virtually. ...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he opposes the D.C. Council's plan to gain budget autonomy through a charter amendment. The proposal is essentially an end-run around Congress. The council wants D.C. voters to approve a charter amendment that would allow the District to spend its local tax dollars without Congressional approval and reset its fiscal year. To stop the chart...
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The National Zoo is kicking off its annual ZooLights program this this weekend, and organizers expect about 130,000 people to attend. More than 500,000 LED lights will illuminate animal silhouettes, musical displays and a new garden scene during this season's show. The program will also feature a snowless tubing track and a new carousel with hand-carved replicas of endangered ...
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Passengers at Dulles International Airport this holiday weekend may have an easier time finding healthy food options than travelers at BWI or Reagan National. More than 80 percent of restaurants at Dulles offer at least one high fiber, low fat, cholesterol-free entree, according to a study from the Physicians Committee for Respons...