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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.
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Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 01:40am EST
If you still have holiday shopping to do, dollar stores can help. You just have to know what is worth spending your hard-earned dollar on.
Thursday - 12/11/2014, 08:32am EST
Most malls are crowded with harried holiday shoppers now, but White Flint Mall in Rockville is nearly silent, and a bit creepy.
Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:56am EST
They'll start treating e-cigarettes just like regular cigarettes in Arlington County public schools.
Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:12am EST
A frank panel discussion about police procedures and race in the wake of the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, was entitled "When Police Shoot: A Dialogue on the Use of Force."
Thursday - 12/04/2014, 07:27am EST
Dozens of needy kids got a holiday surprise from a bunch of Redskins players Tuesday night.
Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 05:03am EST
You probably spend a lot of time looking down at your smartphone every day, and a back surgeon says that that's really stressing out your neck and the muscles around it.
Thursday - 11/20/2014, 05:15am EST
Khadija Barkley says she should have told parents sooner that a substitute teacher had been arrested on charges he inappropriately touched a student.
Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 06:55am EST
For the first time since 2005, Black Friday is not expected to be the biggest day of the holiday shopping season in terms of sales and customer traffic.
Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:08am EST
Old Navy is dealing with a big old controversy.
Friday - 11/14/2014, 07:21am EST
UFOs were the topic of a panel discussion Wednesday night at American University, and one of the speakers used the occasion to reveal evidence he called a "smoking gun."
Thursday - 11/13/2014, 03:09am EST
Veterans can take advantage of everything from free car washes to free haircuts, free meals and free admission to Mount Vernon and Colonial Williamsburg. Many of these offers are also being extended to active members of the military.
Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 01:03am EST
Proposed changes to the Montgomery County Public Schools'
calendar are sure to get a lot of attention at a school board meeting Tuesday.
Monday - 11/10/2014, 08:03pm EST
Here, we round up the latest for this year's collection program.
Friday - 10/31/2014, 02:21am EDT
A stage became a friendly battleground Wednesday night at Leadership Arlington's third annual "Arlington's Got Talent" competition.
Thursday - 10/30/2014, 11:47am EDT
The annual 17th Street High Heel race features mostly men dressed in fantastic drag costumes who parade up and down part of 17th Street in Northwest before racing each other in heels that are required to be at least two inches high.
Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 12:57pm EDT
The possibility of an Ebola flight ban came up Monday night during a live ABC7/NewsChannel 8 Town Hall called "Ebola in America."
Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 05:46am EDT
Alarm clocks will be going off later for many high school students around here, starting next school year.
Friday - 10/24/2014, 01:00am EDT
A new plan would require cyclists and Segway drivers to stop riding on sidewalks and use bike lanes every time those lanes are available.
Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:57am EDT
Don't make holiday plans until you've read WTOP's Halloween Freebies list.
Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 05:13am EDT