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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 email@example.com or
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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 08:31am EDT
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Saturday - 05/24/2014, 02:27am EDT
A beach that's popular with families just expanded its smoking ban, and a beach nearby has tweaked its rules as well.
Friday - 05/23/2014, 08:09pm EDT
Dumser's Ice Cream is 75 years old this year. The first shop opened on the Ocean City boardwalk in 1939, and Dumser's now has 7 locations around the town.
Friday - 05/23/2014, 08:08pm EDT
Visitors heading to the Eastern Shore looking for souvenirs and beach house decor might try stopping at a place that's just outside Ocean City.
Friday - 05/23/2014, 08:06pm EDT
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Friday - 05/23/2014, 08:05pm EDT
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Friday - 05/16/2014, 04:20pm EDT
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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 02:49pm EDT
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Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 01:55am EDT
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Friday - 05/09/2014, 11:16am EDT
Thursday is the day D.C. starts issuing new driver's licenses and ID cards that comply with the federal REAL ID Act.
Thursday - 05/01/2014, 05:37am EDT
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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 07:11am EDT
Emails and text messages that included talk about raping women and doing drugs, as well as racist, sexist and homophobic language, have prompted an investigation at American University.
Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 12:09am EDT
The man who founded D.C.'s now-closed National Pinball Museum is selling his
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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 10:25am EDT
Ospreys are building nests. An osprey cam has been set up to watch one of them.
Saturday - 04/19/2014, 07:24pm EDT
As the weather heats up, so does fishing on the Potomac River. But a longtime bass fisherman hopes this year is not a repeat of the last.
Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 11:31am EDT
Businesses have transformed April 15 from deadline day to holiday by offering freebies and deals to weary taxpayers.
Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 03:20am EDT
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Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:28am EDT
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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 07:03am EDT
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Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 07:08am EDT