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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 Baltimore jazz archivist known for her work on the Smithsonian's Duke Ellington papers has died in New Jersey. Ann Byrnes Kuebler started her career as a volunteer at Archives Center of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. She helped make 200,000 pages of music and documents in the Smithsonian's Ellington collection public and became a noted ...
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The unemployment rate in Washington, D.C. dropped to 8.9 percent in July. That's down from 9.1 percent in June and is D.C's lowest unemployment figure since February 2009. Mayor Vincent Gray says diversification in the private sector is largely responsible for the improvement. Meanwhile, Maryland and Virginia were among 44 states to see unemployment rate increases....
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A man from Manassas, Va., pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a machine gun following an undercover investigation in which he allegedly made racist comments on white-supremacist websites. Douglas Story made headlines two years ago following a dispute over his license plate. In 2010, Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles recalled Story's personalized license plate 14CV88....
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In the aftermath of a shooting that took place at the conservative lobbying group Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. this week, the organization's president, Tony Perkins, is calling for an end to "reckless rhetoric," which he blames for the attack. Perkins says the suspect was "given a license" to shoot by organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center. The ...
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An investigation continues into a shooting at the office of the conservative Christian Family Research Council in the Chinatown neighborhood of Northwest D.C. this morning. The shooting happened Wednesday morning inside the building at 801 G Street NW, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The building houses, among other things, the headquarters Family Research Co...
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Education officials in Virginia say the state's new, more rigorous mathematics tests for third grade through Algebra 2 and Geometry proved to be a challenge for students during the last school year, as evidence by the across-the-board drops in scores, with the exception of sixth grade. That result was expected, officials say, given the change in standards. The tests also inclu...
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Federal Spending And The D.C. Area Stories for this series were informed by more than 100 sources through WAMU 88.5's Public Insight Network. Part 1: ...
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Federal Spending And The D.C. Area Stories for this series were informed by more than 100 sources through WAMU 88.5's Public Insight Network. Part 1: ...
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Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell is hosting the National Governors Association's annual summer meeting in Richmond Thursday through Saturday. The schedule of events includes panel discussions on critical policy issues, but governors will also take in amusement parks and historic sites. A spokesman for McDonnell says no taxpayer money is involved. Most of the activities are pai...
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More than 400 people from 30 states are expected to roll up their sleeves and get to work for the 16th annual Renewal & Remembrance Day at Arlington National Cemetery Monday. They'll be tackling several projects, including an upgrade to the cemetery's irrigation system. Event chairman Walter Wray, a landscape contractor from Bethesda, says the upgrades reflect a change in...
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D.C.'s Public Service Commission says it will hold a public hearing to let residents weigh in on Pepco's performance following last week's storm. The Commission requires Pepco to provide a written restoration report within 21 days after the end of a major service outage. The report is supposed to contain details about the causes of the outage, the number of customers affected,...
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Michael Jefferies, a gang member from Fairfax County received a 10-year prison sentence for his role in a prostitution business that trafficked local high school girls. According to court documents, Jefferies worked as a bodyguard for the Underground Gangster Crips prostitution enterprise, based in Fairfax County. The group recruited teenaged girls at shopping malls and on soc...
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Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is assessing damage from last Friday's storm. The cemetery lost trees in several areas and some headstones were affected. In total, Arlington National Cemetery says 28 trees were either lost or damaged to the point that they'll have to be removed. Two white oaks and one red oak were estimated to be at least 225 years old. Clean u...
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Lawmakers and residents in Virginia are mourning the death of State Senator Yvonne Miller, the first African-American woman elected to the state legislature.  Miller became the first black woman to win a seat in Virginia House of Delegates in 1983, and then broke the combined gender and color barrier again four years later by winning a seat in the state Senate. Miller was...
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Metro will be running at near rush hour service levels from 6 p.m. to midnight tonight to accommodate Fourth of July traffic.   Metro is estimating it will carry more than 500,000 passengers today. It expects especially heavy traffic leading up to the fireworks on the National Mall scheduled for 9:10 p.m. Unlike in previous years, the Smithsonian Station will rema...
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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett continues to criticize Pepco's response to Friday's storms. At the same time, he also says Pepco needs to be more aggressive with tree trimming to prevent future damage. Since severe storms knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers in the summer of 2010, Pepco has been more aggressive with tree trimming, including in Mont...
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Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh says the council made the right decision selecting At-large Councilman Phil Mendelson to serve as interim council chairman until a special election this fall. Speaking on WAMU's Morning Edition, Cheh says Mendelson would be able to move the council forward. "He's a hard worker, and people feel comfortable that he'll put us back on a steady course...
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The Virginia Senate is now expecting to vote Monday to approve a version of the state budget -- after the finance committee approved the plan today. Virginia's Senate failed to approve a state budget during its 60-day regular General Assembly session which ended March 10. Lawmakers...
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College basketball fans are beginning the annual rituals that revolve around March Madness. Of course, half the fans watching any game will leave disappointed, but a psychology professor in D.C. has some reassuring findings for grieving fans. D.C. resident and Duke fan Pae Wu has a very thorough knowledge of Blue Devil basketball. She can give play by play accounts of big wins...
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NASA plans to launch five rockets from coastal Virginia on a clear night sometime in the next few weeks, and sky watchers along the East coast may catch a glimpse of the space agency's experiment. NASA hopes the rockets will allow scientists to learn more about the jet stream current at the edge of space. The rockets will release a chemical trail to track winds that circle ...