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Ever since 1997, when Neal Augenstein kept nudging the then-news director to hire
him as a part-time weekend reporter, he's had the great pleasure of being a reporter
Things have changed in many ways. When he walked in the door, the newsroom was still
equipped with reel-to-reel tape recorders, and the portable bag phones that weighed
as much as a bowling ball. Today, Neal is the first major market radio reporter who
does most of his field production on an iPhone.
Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped
the Washington community - including the Beltway Snipers, Chandra Levy, and of
course, Sept. 11, 2001. But ironically, listeners seem to remember the lifestyle and
feature reports - cooking food on the dashboard of his car in 100 degree weather,
butt-lifting underwear and pole dancing for guys.
Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature
reporting, use of sound and sports. However, he's most proud when people he reports
about tell him they believe his reporting is accurate, fair and in context.
Neal's ultimate honor is having listeners trust him and the WTOP team, to provide
information they need and enjoy in their life.
You can email Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on
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Monday - 12/09/2013, 04:00am EST
Holiday gadgets galore, fun family stuff, and out of the ordinary gizmos - all add up to an offbeat holiday season.
Friday - 12/06/2013, 08:03am EST
Seeking to enhance its technology pedigree, the District is close to signing a deal that would bring a dozen Chinese software firms to the nation's capital. A separate agreement with Microsoft is also almost done.
Thursday - 12/05/2013, 02:20am EST
A popular web app lets users find Facebook posts they've made that some might find offensive, with the option of deleting - or repeating - the edgy comments.
Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 07:47am EST
Wearable computers are all the rage. There's Google Glass and a number of smart watches. Now, Sony has applied for a patent for a SmartWig.
Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 05:28am EST
As companies battle to stand-out in a crowded smartphone world, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom melds phone and camera technology in a single device.
Monday - 12/02/2013, 06:15am EST
Scientists at Los Alamos have devised an imaging system that could speed up and improve the process of screening liquids at airports.
Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 07:01am EST
Mobile devices will help Thanksgiving travelers stay in touch, but being on the road can put mobile security at risk.
Tuesday - 11/26/2013, 12:49am EST
Apple's iBeacon transmitter, which was announced in June, is being tested in some Macy's stores. The shopBeacon transmitter notifies users of sales and bargains as they walk past items they might like.
Monday - 11/25/2013, 12:13am EST
The long Thanksgiving holiday weekend doesn't just include a feast. There's travel, shopping, and family. Gadgets, apps, and other tech can help distract you from all that togetherness.
Friday - 11/22/2013, 02:53am EST
For as little as $35, movie fans can cut the cord - or even cable - to wired streaming-video devices, letting people quickly, conveniently, and cheaply watch programs on their home TV sets.
Thursday - 11/21/2013, 02:20am EST
In the past, an iPhone that had been exposed to water was ineligible for trade-in at the Apple Store. Starting this week, phones with minor exposure to water can be traded-in.
Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 02:14am EST
It looks like a tiny toy helicopter, but the U.S. Army is working on a pocket-sized drone that can transmit video and photos in dangerous situations.
Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 03:00am EST
Google is trying to take a bigger bite out of Apple and Microsoft's holiday sales in retail stores by opening gadget showrooms in six locations, including in the Washington, D.C area.
Monday - 11/18/2013, 07:52am EST
As quickly as the technology world has changed, the pace is expected to speed up as mobile applications become more prevalent. Many of the tech world's big players are coming to a summit next month in Tysons Corner.
Monday - 11/18/2013, 06:18am EST
Computer experts are warning about the quickly spreading and vicious malware that locks down files and demands a ransom. A victim of CryptoLocker tells her story.
Thursday - 11/14/2013, 08:27am EST
Computer experts, including Data Doctor Ken Colburn, are warning about a vicious malware virus that locks a computer's files and demands a ransom for their return.
Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 12:25pm EST
A new study shows a marked division of what is considered appropriate mobile phone behavior during business meetings.
Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 08:12pm EST
WTOP just bought Google Glass - the Internet-connected eyewear that everyone is talking about. Now we just have to figure out how it works.
Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 08:07am EST
With Twitter's stock now public, a lot of people and businesses are wondering whether now is the time to begin tweeting. The microblogging site is revolutionizing the way companies get their messages out.
Monday - 11/11/2013, 07:48am EST