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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.
As the Nationals get ready to start playoff baseball later this week, one player has a request for fans.
Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 08:31am EDT
A "candlelight rally" for Hannah Graham drew a crowd that filled the cafeteria of the school that Graham graduated from in 2013.
Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:02pm EDT
Most know it's not OK to look at a cellphone while driving, but a new survey sheds light on public opinion of cellphone use in other situations.
Thursday - 09/25/2014, 05:21am EDT
Citizens, homeowners and parents from Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties have formed a group called the Maryland Coalition Against Cell Towers on Schools. They want all cellphone tower construction on school grounds in the state to stop immediately.
Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:51am EDT
A new study has found that pregnant have an unusually strong response to the flu virus, which explain why they become sicker than other adults.
Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:33pm EDT
Ma'ake Kemoeatu, who has played for the Ravens and the Redskins, donated a kidney to his younger brother, former Steelers player Chris Kemoeatu.
Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:09am EDT
More than a month after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown
was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, D.C.
leaders had a heated discussion about local police practices.
Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 03:20am EDT
Police think two children missing for more than a week in Montgomery County may be dead, but their father thinks otherwise.
Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 12:15am EDT
Dozens of protestors wearing "Fight The Powerline!" T-shirts turned up at an open house Wednesday night where Dominion Virginia Power was showing off plans for a new transmission line in Prince William County.
Thursday - 09/11/2014, 04:54am EDT
The parents of one of the American journalists murdered by ISIS in recent weeks spoke at an emotional event Monday night in D.C.
Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 04:41am EDT
A legendary local piano bar is being forced to move, but it may have found a new home.
Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 12:27am EDT
A coalition of local groups is holding weekly demonstrations in front of the White House to demand better treatment of kids who are crossing illegally into the U.S. from Mexico and other countries.
Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 12:28am EDT
A woman dressed all in black has appeared in Winchester, Va., onlookers have crowded around her as she visited a local banker. A curious public has crashed the local police department's website. And police she just wants to be left alone.
Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:56pm EDT
The plan would have kept the Lorton Construction Landfill open until Dec. 31, 2025.
Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:38am EDT
Are you traveling this summer? Keep in mind scammers may try to prey on you during your hotel stay in creative ways, according to Consumer Reports.
Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:01am EDT
Maryland has a problem you can help solve with a rod and reel, or just your fork.
Friday - 07/25/2014, 05:13am EDT
There's a new incentive to go out and catch a nasty-looking fish nicknamed the "Frankenfish" in Maryland.
Thursday - 07/24/2014, 04:58am EDT
The newest FootGolf course in Maryland opens in Silver Spring.
Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 05:41am EDT
As it has for several years, a local company set out to gauge just how honest D.C. folks are.
Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:08pm EDT
Free Washington Nationals tickets will be hidden around the D.C. region Tuesday afternoon, and to find them you need to look for a home plate.
Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 11:58am EDT