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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 email@example.com or follow him on
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Tuesday - 11/05/2013, 09:22am EST
Apple says a manufacturing problem is affecting the battery life of a small number of new iPhone 5S models. The company will replace affected phones.
Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 07:14am EDT
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Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 08:32pm EDT
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Monday - 10/28/2013, 06:22am EDT
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Friday - 10/25/2013, 11:50am EDT
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Friday - 10/25/2013, 04:00am EDT
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Thursday - 10/24/2013, 08:24am EDT
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Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 05:19am EDT
Apple is expected to unveil new versions of its iPad tablets in today's announcement in San Francisco, which will take place at 1 p.m. Eastern. Here's what the experts predict.
Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 07:19am EDT
The world's largest association of digital journalists are working on new ways to transform the news industry, at the Online News Association annual conference in Atlanta.
Monday - 10/21/2013, 10:44am EDT
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Monday - 10/21/2013, 04:14am EDT
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Friday - 10/18/2013, 03:51am EDT
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Thursday - 10/17/2013, 06:21am EDT
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Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 03:47am EDT
Apple is seeking a patent for technology to flip a falling phone in midair or use built-in jets to cushion its landing.
Monday - 10/14/2013, 05:09am EDT
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Thursday - 10/10/2013, 10:04am EDT
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