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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
follow her on Twitter @MBaschWTOP.
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
An icon of the 50s and 60s is hot again in our region.
Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 09:17am EDT
Fourteen babies who share a birthday with Britain's royal baby got the royal treatment Tuesday at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 07:10pm EDT
An emotional gathering Monday night remembered two siblings and two other young people shot and killed in two double homicides in the District.
Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 01:43am EDT
The three teams vying for the master developer role at Walter
Reed presented their broad plans to the community Thursday night,
each bringing a collection of high-value institutional,
residential, financial or retail partners to the table.
Thursday - 07/18/2013, 11:14pm EDT
Tom Bergeron, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Darren Criss, the National Symphony Orchestra and more are set to take the stage at the Capitol Fourth on the National Mall.
Thursday - 07/04/2013, 11:56am EDT
A fat funnel cloud was spotted in the Brandywine are Monday evening but a quick storm that blew through Prince George's County caused little to no damage.
Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 04:05pm EDT
Authorities say a man who drowned in the Potomac River after diving off a cliff was a member of the Army regiment known as the Old Guard.
Monday - 07/01/2013, 08:38pm EDT
A year after the derecho cut 911 service in Fairfax County, Verizon has conducted extensive audits and made a number of changes.
Friday - 06/28/2013, 05:00am EDT
The body of a 19-year-old man lost swimming in the Potomac Monday has been recovered. Now fellow students and friends of Ngo Tekwe Forchick of Takoma Park, Md., are mourning his passing at Montgomery Blair High School.
Thursday - 06/27/2013, 02:43am EDT
Fans of the Washington Nationals enjoyed watching their favorite hitter Bryce Harper take the field for the Potomac Nationals in Woodbridge, Va., Tuesday night.
Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 03:50am EDT
Teams from the Naval Academy and colleges across the country have built
science experiments that will be loaded into a rocket and launched from NASA's
Wallops Flight Facility.
Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 09:07pm EDT
Nearly a year and a half after Montgomery County's 5-cent bag tax took effect, a public hearing was held Tuesday night to consider possible tweaks.
Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 04:44am EDT
A new study of longtime soccer players finds those who "head" the ball most frequently are most likely to have brain injuries and memory problems.
Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 10:06am EDT
Belviq is meant for the obese and for overweight people with serious weight-related medical conditions.
Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 02:29pm EDT
Potomac River fishing guide Steve Chaconas takes WTOP out on the river for a closer look at the health of the fish and the health of the river.
Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 10:22am EDT
A variety of musicians tried out to be the acts you see performing outside Metro stations.
Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 09:12am EDT
A new gadget lets drivers brew expresso in their cars.
Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 03:29am EDT
A playground that was set on fire and destroyed in March is back open in Laurel, Md.
Monday - 06/03/2013, 09:38pm EDT
A church employee died Thursday afternoon after being found outside his Chevy Chase church with a badly injured leg.
Thursday - 05/30/2013, 11:36pm EDT