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WTOP reporter, Michelle Basch, often wonders how she, a Cleveland girl, ended up in
the nation's capital.
After graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism from Ohio University (a
Bobcat, not a Buckeye) and a brief stint as a disc jockey, her first radio news job
was at an all-news startup in beautiful Charleston, S.C. Within months, the station
went off the air, and she wound up back in Ohio at WEOL and WNWV in Elyria, near
Cleveland. Michelle spent several years there, and at Cleveland's WWWE, which is
An opening at WMAL brought her to Washington in 1999. The next year, she left for a
job with Metro Networks and KABC in Los Angeles, but eventually returned to WMAL.
Michelle was offered a job at WTOP around the same time her then boyfriend popped
the question. She said "yes" to both! Now she and her husband enjoy a laid-back
life in gorgeous Southern Maryland.
You can email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or
follow her on Twitter @MBaschWTOP.
A local church founded more than 370 years ago is bringing in a team of experts to uncover hidden graves.
Friday - 08/30/2013, 04:58pm EDT
Along a busy road in Calvert County, Md., a crop is being harvested this week that may surprise some: Tobacco.
Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 05:06am EDT
A new company called Relentless Watersports started offering water-propelled jetpack flights in Fenwick Island, Del. about a month ago.
Thursday - 08/22/2013, 09:47pm EDT
What's lock bumping -- and do you need to be concerned?
Thursday - 08/22/2013, 05:35am EDT
You could describe butterflies and stink bugs as the "Beauty and
the Beast" of the insect world, on opposite ends of the attractiveness spectrum.
Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 11:18am EDT
Researchers in Virginia are part of an urgent effort to pinpoint what is killing dolphins along the East Coast. So far this year, 164 dolphins have been found dead along Virginia's coast -- up from 100 just two weeks ago.
Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 04:12am EDT
Something that vanished more than 30 years ago will be recreated this weekend in Rockville.
Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 01:34am EDT
Almost one year ago, a Prince George's County teen was murdered as
she slept in her bed.
Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 04:12am EDT
A local building synonymous with scandal is about to get
people talking again.
Thursday - 08/08/2013, 05:23am EDT
A bunch of people held up signs on the Key Bridge Wednesday evening, but it was the opposite of a protest.
Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 11:37pm EDT
It's already a great place to live and work, and now the goal is to turn Montgomery County into a hot entertainment destination.
Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 04:54am EDT
A deer hunt in D.C.'s Rock Creek Park that started in March and stopped for the summer is expected to resume this fall.But opponents who tried to stop the hunt in court and failed are trying again.
Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 09:10am EDT
As crime continues to drop in Prince George's County, police are doing something new in an effort to push those numbers even lower: They're taking their efforts to keep illegal guns out of the county to a new level.
Monday - 08/05/2013, 07:52pm EDT
Some might call them "Beltway Bullies": Drivers who cut others off, speed and weave or get too close for comfort.
Thursday - 08/01/2013, 08:31am EDT
About 75 to 100 protesters shined lights and marched with signs in support of Army Private Bradley Manning.
Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 07:40am EDT
Hopes are high that the opening of a new building described as "beautiful" will set off a domino effect of revitalization in part of the District.
Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 06:12am EDT
With Gov. Bob McDonnell embroiled in an ethics scandal over gifts he and his family accepted, Virginia lawmakers are talking about how rules governing gifts to politicians should be strengthened.
Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 06:54pm EDT
What's the recipe for the area's best happy hour? How about half-priced burgers, "supermugs" of beer, strawberry-mango sangria and cheddar-bacon croquettes?
Monday - 07/29/2013, 03:04pm EDT
Saturday is the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. And two people believed to be last surviving members of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital or MASH unit that inspired the movie and TV show of the same name retell their story.
Friday - 07/26/2013, 03:44pm EDT
The father of Trayvon Martin came to Washington Wednesday to address members of the newly formed Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys.
Thursday - 07/25/2013, 07:22am EDT