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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 new report out Tuesday finds many who live in the region feel the same way, and
it suggests something should be done to change that.
Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 07:51am EDT
If you're up for an adventure, a lighthouse tour can take you to some fascinating sites you can't get to in your car.
Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:35am EDT
Kelly Hanrahan's intuition might have saved her daughter from injury or worse during Tuesday's strong thunderstorms.
Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 09:13am EDT
The "Battle of the Beltways" continues Tuesday night between the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles and there's another battle brewing between these neighboring teams.
Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:50am EDT
The USA takes on Belgium on Tuesday.
Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 06:50am EDT
So many people lost air conditioning in the 2012 derecho that it seems appropriate to mark the anniversary with a cold one.
Friday - 06/27/2014, 04:58am EDT
Many of us in this World Cup watching town have a dilemma. With the US taking on Germany at noon Thursday, are you calling in sick so you can watch the match, or sneaking a peek at the office?
Thursday - 06/26/2014, 06:22am EDT
Not every kid who wants to go to summer camp can afford to, so WTOP and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington are hoping you can help out needy families during the "Send a Kid to Camp" drive, underway until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 07:42am EDT
A young woman who's been living in a local homeless shelter just graduated as valedictorian of her high school class.
Thursday - 06/12/2014, 01:51am EDT
"Ping Pong Summer," written by a Frederick man, was filmed at a Delmarva beach. It will be in theaters Friday.
Thursday - 06/05/2014, 06:17am EDT
A "Rally For Respect" was organized by the Washington Interfaith Network on behalf of families at the D.C. General Shelter to demand better living conditions.
Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:12am EDT
Two hundred years ago this month, a dramatic naval battle was fought
on the Patuxent River in Southern Maryland. And starting next week, you can take a
boat cruise with a historian to the exact spot.
Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:12am EDT
If your kids love the "Night at the Museum" movies, they can go on a nighttime museum adventure of their own with Smithsonian Sleepovers.
Saturday - 05/31/2014, 02:26am EDT
On Wednesday night, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and representatives of the D.C. police provided worried residents with an update on the crimes at a community meeting.
Thursday - 05/29/2014, 07:45am EDT
An ambitious new craft brewery awaits Ocean City beachgoers this summer.
Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 10:19am EDT
Staying hydrated is important, especially during the heat of summer. But even if you drink a lot of water, other factors might be working against you.
Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 08:31am EDT
A breakfast spot that was a favorite in Ocean City for years, the Pirate's Den, had to close to make way for new construction. But the owners have opened a new place, Barn 34, that serves the same morning favorites.
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