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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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The Smithsonian Institution has hired National Geographic Executive Christopher Liedel to become president of the profit-making arm of the museum complex. Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough named Liedel to the post, which will oversee a media division that includes Smithsonian Magazine and the Smithsonian Channel on cable television, as well as retail businesses such as mus...
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Maryland's Senate budget committee has approved changes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget plan, including an income tax hike. Under the plan from the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, counties would begin to share the cost of teacher pensions, a change phased in over four years. O'Malley had proposed revenues to soften the blow to counties by capping income tax deduction...
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A lawsuit brought by the parents of two students who died in the 2007 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech goes to trial in Christiansburg, Va. today, the Associated Press reports. More than 50 witnesses are expected to testify in the trial, which is being held at the circuit court in Montgomery County, Va.  The list includes students who survived the shooting and Virginia T...
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Legislation to restrict the use of restraints on pregnant inmates in Virginia will not move forward. The bill from Delegate Patrick Hope would have scaled back shackling and handcuffing of pregnant inmates during doctor visits, labor, delivery and postpartum recovery. It would have allowed the practice if a prisoner poses serious harm to herself or others, or when there is a ...
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A house fire set last month at U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady's McLean residence caused $300,000 in damages. No one has been charged for the arson, and the case remains under investigation, says Dan Schmidt, a spokesman for the county fire department. A spokesman for the U.S. Marshal's Service, which is responsible for judicial security, says the agency doesn't have any reas...
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A U.S. House subcommittee that oversees the District government will hold a hearing next week on the Occupy D.C. encampment in McPherson Square focusing on decisions made by the Natio...
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A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with a lower court that Texas Governor Rick Perry and three other candidates wishing to be placed on Virginia's Republican presidential primary ballot waited too long to challenge Virginia's ballot access law, rejecting their appeal. Perry sued last month after ...
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Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the man accused of trying to kill President Obama by firing up to a dozen shots at the White House in November, is now facing additional charges after being formally charged today in Washington. A 5-page document charges him with 17 counts -- including attempting to assassinate the president, assault with a dangerous weapon, using a weapon during...
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Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R) is launching a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jim Webb. Marshall says he'll announce his plans and file federal campaign papers next week, but he has already registered his campaign committee with the State Corporation Commission. Marshall enters a field of four candidates already in the Republican primary. This is th...
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After a string of low-turnout elections in Baltimore, a coalition of groups is calling for the city to reset its election cycle, according to Associated Press. Baltimore currently holds its local elections in the year after statewide elections and before presidential elections. Approximately 22 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in last year's mayoral primary, and turnout...
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A former archbishop of Baltimore will become a cardinal next month, after the pope announced his selection today. Edwin O'Brien, 72, is one of 22 new cardinals named by Pope Benedict the 16th. O'Brien served in Baltimore from October 2007 to August 2011. At that point the pope appointed him grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. As car...
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Pressure is mounting on the Republican Party of Virginia to reconsider a loyalty oath required from voters in this year's presidential primary, scheduled for March 6. The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is threatening legal action if the party does not drop the oath. Under the requirement, voters casting ballots in Virginia's Republican presidential primary will ...
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Sept. 11, 2001 is now seen as an epic day: one that swept the world and rewrote history books. But many people have more personal stories -- especially when it comes to loved ones they lost. Sarah Clark, a 65-year-old teacher from Columbia, Md., was engaged to John Milton Wesley, an author and communications specialist. They had been together for seven years, and friends for twenty, ...
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Maryland's board of public works is moving forward with a lease for what will be the state's largest casino. The state will pay $168 million to lease approximately 4,700 slot machines in Anne Arundel County.  The board approved the move in a 2-1 vote today. Comptroller Peter Franchot says he opposes the plan because he doesn't think slot machine gambling is a part of the...
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D.C. is growing faster than any state in the nation according to the latest census estimates. New 2011 estimates show the District's population climbed by 2.7 percent from April 2010 to July of this year. It was the first time the District led states in growth since the early 1940s.  Texas was the next fastest growing, followed by Utah, Alaska, Colorado and N...
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Thousands of people were expected to attend a special lighting ceremony at the National Hanukkah Menorah near the White House today. The ceremony started at 4 p.m.,  marking the first night of the 8-day Jewish holiday.Jacob Lew, Director of the Federal Office of Management and Budget, was a special guest to help light the menorah on the Ellipse. "The Preside...
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A report from the National Academy of Sciences about whether uranium can be safely mined in Virginia is heading to state lawmakers. Unfortunately, it leaves many questions unanswered about the industry.The report follows a two-year study of the possible impacts of uranium mining. Supporters say it would bring ...
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The man accused of trying to kill President Obama by firing several shots at the White House will be detained pending trial, according to a decision made during today's hearing in Washington. A U.S. Magistrate Judge called 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez a "particularly dangerous individual.'' He said Ortega must be detained to ensure the safety of the public and the...
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Officials from Virginia's Office of Consumer Affairs are offering several tips this holiday season to help avoid scam artists trying to take advantage of shoppers. Officials say never give to a charity unless you know its history, purpose and reputation. Virginia law requires most charities that solicit donations to register with the Office of Consumer Affairs, so one option...
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A judge in Richmond, Virginia has turned aside a lawsuit from a Democratic lawmaker challenging Republican plans to take power in the state senate. Demcrats and Republicans each hold 20 seats in the chamber -- and Republicans plan to claim control of it -- because Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling can cast a tie-breaking vote. The judge said the suit was prematur...