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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 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.
Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 06:50pm 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
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