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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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A jetty and seawall will be built to protect Tangier Island's harbor, says Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a project eagerly awaited by residents of the 3-mile island in the Chesapeake Bay. The island has been threatened by erosion and storm surges for years, and that also threatens the livelihoods of many residents. Much of the island's economy is dependent on the harbor serving...
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Virginia State Police are investigating after a man was accused this morning of making threatening comments on a Greyhound bus traveling from Richmond to New York City, according to the Associated Press. Police say worried passengers called 911 early this morning about a man on the bus threatening to hurt other riders. State police responded and evacuated the bus in the pre-da...
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The D.C. Council is moving forward with legislation that would hold many more adults liable for failing to report the sexual abuse of a child. Council members have given preliminary approval to the bill. It would require anyone older than 18 to immediately alert the police or Child and Family Services if they know or have reason to suspect that a child is being abused. Thos...
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Two lawmakers from Virginia are pushing federal legislation to address long lines on Election Day. Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly and Sen. Mark Warner are sponsoring bills to provide funding to states pursuing election reform. It would create a competitive grant program that would award money to the states proposing the most comprehensive plans to improve voter access to ...
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The House committee that oversees the nation's capital is launching a study on potential changes to building height restrictions in D.C. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) says the study will begin next month. It was requested by Issa and D.C.'s Delegate to Congress — Eleanor Holmes Norton. Under the Height Act of 1910, buildings in Washington have been limited — com...
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The National Institutes of Health could face $2.5 billion in funding cuts in January if Congress does not avert across-the-board federal spending cuts set to go into effect. Health care providers and researchers in the D.C. area are bracing for losses. Laura Gottschalk, a graduate student in Johns Hopkins University's cellular molecular medicine program, wields a test tube in ...
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D.C., Maryland and Virginia are receiving millions of dollars in bonus federal transportation funds that other states didn't use this fiscal year. The funding is part of a fiscal year-end wrap up process from the Federal Highway Administration. Each September, states that do not have projects ready to go have to give back federal funds they received. That money can then be red...
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At the Democratic National Convention this week, the Virginia delegation has had a strong focus on the presidential and U.S. Senate races in the Commonwealth this year.  There had been speculation that a candidate for governor might emerge as well, but Democrats may have to wait a little longer for that. Former Democratic National Committee chairman and former Virginia gu...
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Driving around Fairfax County, Va., it's clear economic development is happening in a pretty big way. Office buildings are going up, roads are under construction, and the beginnings of a new Metro line stretch overhead. Within just a few miles you can pass headquarters of Capital One, Hilton Worldwide, Gannett Company and Freddie Mac. Big-name companies bring local tax revenu...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will make a prime-time address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina tonight. O'Malley will take the stage around 10 p.m., just ahead of keynote speaker and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro. The Maryland governor is the head of the Democratic Governors Association, and is expected to trumpet the accomplishments...
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Democrats are expected to highlight prominent women in the party at their National Convention in Charlotte this week, and Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will lead a program recognizing her women colleagues in the Senate. There are 12 Democratic women in the U.S. Senate, but Mikulski's hoping more will join the ranks. She'll appear on stage with several of her colleagues this w...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is in Tampa, Fla., and is scheduled to deliver a keynote address Tuesday night. McDonnell will speak for about eight minutes sometime between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., building on the night's theme: "We Built It." McDonnell addresses Virginia's importance ...
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Services have been scheduled for a Prince George's County police officer who was killed in a crash while pursuing a vehicle on Interstate 95 in Beltsville this week. The funeral for Officer Adrian Morris will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Woodstream Church in Mitchellville, Md. Burial will take place at about 1 p.m. in Davidsonville. Morris died Monday in the crash on s...
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George Huguely, the former University of Virginia lacrosse player from Chevy Chase convicted in February of killing his ex-girlfriend, has lost his bid for a new trial, according to the Associated Press. The defense team for Hugely had asked that his second-degree murder co...
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Maryland's highest court is removing cross-breeds from its strict liability ruling on dog bites caused by pit bulls, according to the Associated Press. The Maryland Court of Appeals made  the change in response to a request for reconsideration after a lower court imposed the liability, ruling that pit bulls were an inherently dangerous breed of dog earlier this year. ...
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A federal appeals court has overturned a federal regulation clamping down on power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states. The regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency was intended to reduce downwind pollution from power plants. But several large power companies and states, including Virginia, sued to stop it. In a 2-1 decisi...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered the state flag be flown at half staff to honor a Prince George's County police officer killed in the line of duty yesterday. The officer was in a crash while pursuing a vehicle that matched the description of a car involved in a theft. P...
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Plans for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions are being revealed little by little, and several politicians from Maryland and Virginia will have a chance to grab the national spotlight. The governors of Maryland and Virginia will each speak at his party's respective convention. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will address the Republican National Convention next week ...
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A 23-year-old Prince George's County police officer has been killed in a crash while pursuing a vehicle on Interstate 95 in Beltsville this afternoon. The crash happened on southbound I-95 near the Powder Mill Road exit. Two officers were pursuing a vehicle that matched the description of a car involved in a theft. The driver of the police cruiser lost control and the car ran ...
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Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is closing one of its primary runways for the next 60 days as part of a reconstruction project. The effort is part of a multi-year airfield improvement plan for BWI. The airport is working to meet updated runway safety requirements from the Federal Aviation Administration. Jonathan Dean, a spokesman for BWI, ...