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Jonathan Wilson

Environment Reporter

Wilson spent five years working as a local television reporter at stations in Indiana and Arkansas. After growing tired of local TV news, he arrived in the WAMU Newsroom in 2008 as volunteer and quickly realized that working as a public radio reporter was his dream job. Luckily, the bosses at WAMU decided not to crush his dreams and gave him a chance. Now he won’t leave.

Wilson is a graduate of Middlebury College, and received his Masters’ from the Medill School of Journalism. He is a native of Arlington, Virginia, and lives there now with his wife and his daughter.


Articles Written by Jonathan Wilson

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Each morning, people across the District pick up red Bikeshare rentals and peddle away through their morning commute. What they might not know is that it takes a team of people working through the pre-dawn hours to make sure those bikes are exactly where they're needed. The rush before rush hour Well before sunrise on a brisk weekday morning Alejandro ...
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President Barack Obama continues to make his case for the American Jobs Act, and speaking in D.C. Wednesday, he focused on how the bill would help repair the nation's infrastructure and put construction workers back to on the job. Flanked by a couple of orange constrution trucks and a giant American flag, Obama urged lawmakers to act. "We can't wait for Congress," Obama ...
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Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart lent his endorsement to the candidacy of George Allen for Senate in 2012 at a press conference Tuesday, a significant move from an area Republican who once questioned Allen's conservative credentials. Standing shoulder to shoulder with th...
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In Virginia a judge has found Carlos Martinelly-Montano guilty of felony murder in connection with a car crash that killed a nun and injured two others in Prince William County in August of 2010. It took less than a day for the judge to decide that Martinelly-Montano, an undocumented immigrant from Bolivia, was guilty, even as the death of Sister Denise Mosier raised questions...
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Testimony in Brittany Norwood's murder trial continues at Rockville District Court today. Norwood is charged with killing her coworker Jayna Murray inside a Lululemon yoga boutique in Bethesda in March. She first told police that she and Murray had been attacked by two masked men who broke into the store after hours. Today the jury heard testimony from two managers at the Appl...
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The Maryland Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that increased tolls begin today, Nov. 1, around the state. Rates for cars and light trucks at the Fort McHenry and Harbor Tunnels in Baltimore, as well as the Key Bridge on I-695 are increasing by $1. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge toll jumps from $2.50 to $4 for those vehicles. The plan also includes stiffer penal...
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The Richmond Tea Party is demanding a refund of about $10,000 from the city. Tea Party leaders claim the city has unfairly charged them for rallies while allowing the Occupy protesters to use the same space for several weeks for free. The political organization is sending the city an invoice for the charges incurred for three rallies held in Kanawha Plaza over the past three y...
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Metro is facing more criticism over frequent escalator outages, and commuters who travel through the Bethesda stop remain frustrated even after an emergency meeting Tuesday night. The gathering of the Montgomery County Council's transportation committee was announced after all three escalators at the Bethesda station were shut down last Wednesday. Ironically, another escalator...
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Traffic congestion in Montgomery County has not gotten any better during the past two years, and the county’s network of roads continues to be strained by increasing numbers of commuters relying on cars as their primary means of travel, county planners say.  This most recent transportation evaluation comes from the annual ...
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Volunteers and county workers identified and surveyed 153 homeless individuals in the Arlington County over the course of a week. They found that nearly 30 percent of those surveyed showed tri-morbidity, a term for homeless individuals with a combination of mental health problems, a serious medical condition and substance abuse issues. Kathy Sibert, Director of Arlington's Str...
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Residents living near the Department of Defense's new Washington Headquarters Service building at Mark Center got a chance to hear how the massive new building is affecting Alexandria's emergency response plans. City emergency management coordinator Mark Penn guided residents inside the auditorium at Francis Hammond Middle School through a few worst-case scenarios. ...
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Every second, dozens of motorists in the D.C. area drive over what the Federal Highway Administration calls a "structurally deficient bridge" -- a problem one advocacy group says is only likely to get worse. "Structurally deficient" technically does not mean unsafe, but it does mean a bridge is in dire need of repair or replacement.  Nearly 6 percent of the D.C. regi...
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They're calling it a "Rail-Volution." The district is hosting hundreds of transportation officials, urban planners, and leaders from across the country for an annual transportation conference this week, and that trains a national eye on local transportation projects. Arlington touts transit development...
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Virginia's Senators have proposed legislation that would help rehabilitate old school buildings, and while the plan is getting bipartisan support, one area school district leader says the scope of the effort is more limited than he'd like. The bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Jim Webb (D) amends current law to allow local governments to use the Federal Reha...
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The chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority wants local leaders to oppose federal legislation that would give Virginia more influence on its board. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has proposed legislation that would give Virginia four more members on the MWAA board when it already has a majority. The bill came in reaction to the recent dustup between Fairfax and Lou...
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Virginia may be losing hundreds of millions of dollars each year because of errors in the processing of medicaid applications. The estimate comes from the state's Joint Legislative and Audit Review Commission, or JLARC -- and the report on Medicaid errors says improperly enrolled recipients could have cost the state anywhere between $18 million and $263 million in fiscal year 200...
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  Clear, tepid water streams out from underneath rows and rows of plastic piping, perky green lettuce leaves and sprouts peeking out through hundreds of holes in the pipes. That water is the future of farming, at least according to Endless Summer Harvest owner and operator Mary Ellen Taylor, who is standing amid the rows in her hydroponic greenhouse.  Decades...
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  Clear, tepid water streams out from underneath rows and rows of plastic piping, perky green lettuce leaves and sprouts peeking out through hundreds of holes in the pipes. That water is the future of farming, at least according to Endless Summer Harvest owner and operator Mary Ellen Taylor, who is standing amid the rows in her hydroponic greenhouse.  Decades...
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is no longer saying that Occupy Wall Street protesters amount to "mobs," but he says they're divisive in ways that tea partiers are not, according to Associated Press. In comments to reporters Tuesday, the Virginia Congressman refused to repeat or renounce his comment over the weekend that the protests in New York and Washington a...
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The Northern Virginia battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln dismissed his commanding general for stubbornly refusing his commands is among eight sites being added to the state's landmarks registry. The Unison Battlefield Historic District encompasses 8,000 acres in Loudoun and Fauquier counties. It is where Union and Confederate cavalry detachments fought for three ...