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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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George Mason University in northern Virginia has named Angel Cabrera as its next president. He'll succeed President Alan Merten -- who is retiring this summer. Cabrera is currently the president of the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Ariz. -- a private graduate school recognized for its international MBA program. Cabrera is also a native of Spain and says he hopes h...
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A grand jury in Maryland has indicted Prince George's County delegate Tiffany Alston with theft and misconduct in office, according to the Associated Press. This is not the first indictment for the Democrat. She is already facing charges of using campaign funds to pay for wedding expenses and the salary of a law firm employee. The new charges stem from allegations th...
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A creative writing program from the National Endowment for the Arts is being added to the treatment program for some injured American service members. Operation Homecoming was developed in 2004, but this is the first time it's being integrated into a formal medical protocol, according to the endowment. The pro...
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The websites for the Collegiate Times -- the student newspaper at Virginia Tech -- and other local newspapers -- are back online today with news about the investigation into yesterday's shooting. But in the midst of the campus emerge...
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Two former Virginia governors vying for a U.S. Senate Seat -- faced off today in the first debate of the race.  Former U.S. Senator George Allen and Tim Kaine -- former Governor and head of the Democratic National Committee -- met in Richmond this afternoon. Neither is the official nominee of his party, but they were the only two candidates to meet the criteria set for the debate...
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Two Ku Klux Klan robes were donated for the collection of the planned National Museum of African American History and Culture this week, and will eventually be on view in the museum, according to the Associated Press.   The African American history museum is still years away from opening, but it is already acquiring items for its collection. One robe donated ...
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An initial evaluation of accused White House shooter Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez found him competent to stand trial, but prosecutors filed a motion Monday asking for further psychiatric tests.  A judge granted a defense request to delay a preliminary hearing in the case until the motion is argued.Prosecutors say ...
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A Mars rover nicknamed "Curiosity" lifted off successfully from Cape Canaveral Saturday morning. The mission will study the chemical makeup of air and soil on Mars using instruments that have been designed and built in Maryland. The suite of instruments is called the Sample Analysis at Mars -- or SAM. It was developed at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md....
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The Florida Civil Rights Association is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate what it claims are civil rights abuses by two local state troopers in Arlington. The association claims the troopers used excessive force, racial slurs, ethnic jokes and vulgar language against a Hispanic woman at the scene of a traffic accident on Interstate-395 in Arlington in J...
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President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for the District of Columbia as a result of the earthquake that shook the region in August. The declaration makes some federal funding available to help D.C. recover from destruction from the 5.8 magnitude quake.D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says the city needs the money to repair schools and other government buildings, as well a...
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Jury deliberations in the bribery case against Maryland state senator Ulysses Currie are set to continue into a fourth day.  A note sent by the jury Monday reveals some confusion about the timeframe of the alleged conspiracy. In the note, jury members asked U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett whether they could find Currie and two co-defendents guilty of conspiracy if the...
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The FBI says a man from Tennessee has been charged with threatening the family of Virginia Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. 62-year-old Glendon Swift is accused of leaving two voicemail messages at Cantor's office in suburban Richmond last Thursday. The caller reportedly used an anti-semitic slur and said he was going to destroy the Majority Leader, rape his ...
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Passengers traveling in and out of Reagan National Airport will now be greeted by a 9-foot tall, nearly $1 million dollar bronze statue of the president. The statue is the fourth dedicated this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's birth by the Reagan Presidential Foundation. It's located outside Terminal A and depicts the former president...
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A Halloween-themed graphic from the Loudoun County Republican Committee depicting a zombie version of President Obama with a bullet hole in his head is drawing sharp criticism from Democrats and the GOP alike.   The montage of images was distributed via email to promote GOP activities at Loudoun's Halloween parade. It includes the drawing of President Obama, in a sty...
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Jury selection is underway Monday morning in the trial of Maryland State Senator Ulysses Currie,  accused of using his influence to benefit a grocery store chain which hired him as a consultant. Prosecutors allege Currie used his position as chairman of a key committee to benefit Shoppers Food Warehouse. They say Currie -- a Democrat from Prince George's County -- also as...
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D.C. Public Schools are being ordered to offer jobs and back pay to 75 teachers fired in 2008. The teachers involved in the case were fired during a probationary period under former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Earlier this year, an arbitrator ruled they should be reinstated and given back pay because the District didn't give them reasons for the firings.  Now t...
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The Virginia State Council of Higher Education has voted to increase funding for the Tuition Assistance Grant program, which helps students keep up with the cost of private college tuition. The program helps Virginia residents attend private, nonprofit colleges in the state. It currently allows approximately $2,600 per undergraduate student per year.  The Sta...
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Firefighters in Montgomery County say wiring feeding an electric dryer caused a fire that has left a 10-year-old boy with critical injuries. First-responding firefighters from on the scene encountered heavy smoke in the house.  Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services pulled the boy from a burning house in the 200 block of Elizabeth Avenue in Rockville Monday morni...
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Maryland is releasing preliminary revenue figures for a 50 percent increase in the state's sales tax on alcohol this summer. The state took in approximately $6 million of additional revenue in July.David Roose, Director of the Maryland Bureau of Revenue Estimates, says it's hard to tell from the first month of a new tax how much will be raised on a yearly basis.He say...
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Former marine Yonathan Melaku was charged in June with a series of overnight shootings at a variety of military targets in Northern Virginia beginning in October.Melaku of Alexandria was arrested after police spotted him in Arlington National Cemetery after dark. He had a backpack carrying ammonium nitrate, which can be used as a bomb-making material.But that c...