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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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Former D.C. Mayoral Candidate Sulaimon Brown was arrested early this morning. Police spokesman Officer A. Clay says Brown was arrested around the 600 block of Florida Avenue NW.  Brown tells WAMU he was charged with driving with a suspended license and for failure to obey an officer.Brown says the second charge stemmed from a disagreement at the scene because t...
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This week, as we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we're examining how the terrorist attacks changed the National Capital Region and the world. The events of that day affected many institutions--- including the news media. It changed the way broadcasters, including those at WAMU, prepare for and cover breaking news, as they explain in their own words. Bill Redl...
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One of the things you notice when you talk with John Milton Wesley about the death of his fiancé Sarah Clark, is that on the surface, he doesn’t seem very emotional. Tears don’t well up in his eyes when he talks about her. In fact, he beams as he remembers how meticulous she was."Sarah prepared to go to bed the way most people prepared to go to work in the morning. I would...
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Virginia's Consumer Protection Hotline is now staffed around the clock to help consumers with complaints related to Hurricane Irene.Virginia's Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Matthew Lohr, says home repairs in the aftermath of a natural disaster offer scam artists opportunities for fraud, especially in the form of price gauging.Other scam artists may t...
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Health officials in Virginia are warning people who took one Amtrak train last week they may have been exposed to measles.Virginia's Department of Health says the possible exposure involves Northeast Regional Train number 171 from Boston to Lynchburg, Va. It made stops in Maryland, the District and Virginia.Anyone who got off the train before its arrival in Philadelphia ...
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As part of a commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks tomorrow, firefighters in Montgomery County will climb 110 stories -- the height of the twin towers.The challenge for firefighters was finding a location for such an exercise, as there isn't a building tall enough in Montgomery County.Instead, they'll make four and a half trips up and down the North Bethesda Market...
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The deadline is approaching for voters in Virginia who want to cast in-person absentee ballots for Tuesday's primary elections.Election offices in Northern Virginia will be open today and tomorrow for people who want to vote in the Aug. 23 primaries but can't cast their ballot on Election Day.After that, only those who have already requested absentee ballots by mail will...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) says the commonwealth ended the last fiscal year with a surplus of nearly $545 million -- a bigger surplus than previously expected.Last month, McDonnell said Virginia ended the year with a $311 million surplus. The new figure -- more than $200 million more -- reflects sta...
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With Texas Gov. Rick Perry now in the Republican presidential field, Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell takes over for Perry as head of the Republican Governors Association.The RGA made the announcement this morning, two days after Perry formally announced his candidacy. McDonnell had been the RGA's vice chairman. ?? The governor's new post puts more demand on his time for travel ac...
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The first two weeks of August are among the busiest for American highways, with millions of people trying to squeeze in a getaway before the end of the summer.When it comes to the deadliest days to drive on American roads, five of the top 15 are in August. August 11 is one of them.John Townsend, spokesman for Automobile Association of America's Mid-Atlantic region, says ...
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The commander of the special operations division for D.C.'s police department says he's been demoted, according to an Associated Press report.Commander Hilton Burton told the AP he's been demoted to the rank of captain and transferred into the medical division, after he was told the department has lost faith in his ability to lead.Burton testified in June at a D.C. Counc...
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Maryland law enforcement agencies are targeting aggressive drivers this week.Police across the state are stepping up patrols and public outreach to try and reduce the number of car crashes, and promote smart decision-making by drivers.This is part of the third wave of the Smooth Operator program, a joint effor...
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Drivers going at least 12 miles above the speed limit on a stretch of Southbound I-95 and I-495 in Prince George's County, Maryland will soon receive citations generated by automated cameras. The cameras are part of the state's SafeZones Program designed to improve safety in construction areas.Lora Rakowski -- a spokeswoman for Maryland's State Highway Administration -- says co...
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Maryland's State Highway Administration is warning motorists that it will begin using automated cameras to target speeders on a portion of the Beltway.Beginning August 23rd, drivers going 12 or more miles above the speed limit on a stretch of the beltway in Prince George's County will receive tickets. The cameras will monitor southbound I-95 and 495 from Darcy Road to Branch Av...
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A new lawsuit in Maryland is challenging the state's referendum on offering in-state tuition to some undocumented immigrants.Maryland's board of elections certified a petition in July to put the law known as Maryland's 'DREAM Act' on the ballot in 2012. The law -- passed by the General Assembly this year and signed by the Gov. Martin O'Malley -- would offer in-state college tui...
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NHTSA Administrator David Strickland says 49 children under the age of 14 died of hypothermia in vehicles last year, more than any other year on record. So far this year the number is 21."This in particular is a trend line and a problem that frankly needs a lot of action and a lot of attention right now," says Strickland.Today, Strickland brought together a panel of stak...
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Today's meeting is a gathering of the Chesapeake Executive Council. The group establishes the policy agenda for Bay restoration efforts.Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson will join Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, among others.The overall goal is to put programs in place for the Bay to recover no late...
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Police say a man armed with a shotgun and hammer smashed the windshield of a Jeep used by a speed camera contractor. The man in the Jeep wasn't hurt, but the attack prompted officers to shut down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near BWI Airport for several hours.The suspect then fled into the woods bordering the road.A police spokesman says the man does not appear in an...
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Maryland's legislature normally meets in Annapolis for a 90-day session beginning each January, but lawmakers need a special session this year to redraw Congressional districts based on the results of the last census.It's possible that lawmakers would consider additional legislation during the special session as well, AP reports.Some members have discussed introducing bi...
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The Marines began the separation process this month after Melaku was charged with grand larceny in a case from Leesburg, Va. unrelated to the shootings at military facilities. The Corps says Melaku did not contest the proceeding.He was arrested June 17 after he was caught trespassing inside Arlington National Cemetery after dark. Police found him in possession of a quantity of ...