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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.
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
Families often choose where to live based on a good school in the neighborhood, but proposed changes in the District could mean children might not get to attend the desirable school Mom and Dad made sure to move close to.
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
collection of hundreds of machines, and the second in a series of auctions is set fir 9 a.m. Sunday, April 27.
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
Peak bloom for the cherry blossoms also means peak traffic around the Tidal Basin. Here are some tips to avoid the worst of it.
Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:28am EDT
If you dream of owning a car that drives itself, Nissan is promising to sell them by 2020. And part of the region is taking steps to plan for their arrival on the roads.
Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 07:03am EDT
One of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever found is coming to the National Museum of Natural History.
Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 07:08am EDT
Imagine falling to earth, from 24 miles up.
Thursday - 04/03/2014, 07:22am EDT
The District of Columbia will elect a new mayor in November, as Councilwoman Muriel Bowser beat Mayor Vincent Gray in the Democratic primary Tuesday.
Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 02:11pm EDT
You know a native New Yorker when you hear one, but what about someone who grew up in D.C.? Researchers say the city does have its own language, and a study of it is ongoing.
Friday - 03/28/2014, 07:23am EDT
The debate among the four top Democratic candidates for D.C. mayor on Wednesday night got heated at times, particularly when the recent scandal involving businessman Jeffrey Thompson came up.
Thursday - 03/27/2014, 12:57am EDT
All the snow days this year have many schools in our region taking
drastic measures to make up for lost time, including extending the school year.
But some schools and students in the D.C. area will get a break.
Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 06:21am EDT
The Old Dominion Boat Club has agreed to sell the clubhouse and parking lot to the City of Alexandria for $5 million, and move to a new location on the river at Prince Street.
Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 06:12am EDT
Plans to build a cellphone tower close to a school are rubbing some people the wrong way, and it will be the topic of a meeting tonight.
Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 06:59am EDT
The boil water advisory in Northwest D.C. has been lifted by DC Water.
Friday - 03/07/2014, 11:56am EST
John Townsend, with AAA Mid-Atlantic, fears the decriminalization of small amount of marijuana might lead to more people driving under the influence of marijuana and causing more traffic crashes.
Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 05:44am EST
One of the most famous staircases in the region, the so-called "Exorcist Steps," might get some new neighbors.
Thursday - 02/27/2014, 02:08pm EST