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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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Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 08:41pm EST
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Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 05:46am EST
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Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 04:28am EST
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Thursday - 12/12/2013, 10:55am EST
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Thursday - 12/12/2013, 12:22am EST
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Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:54am EST
A bill passed in 2012 doesn't give secondary road projects in Northern
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Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 04:59am EST
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Friday - 12/06/2013, 11:49am EST
The man many people know as Lt. Dan from the movie "Forrest Gump" was in D.C. Tuesday night for a special reason.
Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 06:31am EST
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Thursday - 11/28/2013, 09:06am EST
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Friday - 11/15/2013, 06:57am EST
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Thursday - 11/14/2013, 04:56am EST
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Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 04:53am EST
For the first time in 80 years, scientists are posting equipment at the peak of the Washington Monument to measure the obelisk's height.
Thursday - 11/07/2013, 07:33pm EST
The newest version of "ICE!" -- an interactive ice sculpture attraction that's become a popular holiday tradition -- is back.
Thursday - 11/07/2013, 04:52am EST
The new feature from Google lets you chat with experts in almost any subject.
Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 04:56am EST
Many of the things we're used to today, will likely be gone by 2030.
Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 02:32am EDT
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Friday - 10/18/2013, 05:30am EDT
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Thursday - 10/17/2013, 07:53am EDT
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Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 07:25am EDT