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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 for WTOP.
In 2013, Neal took on the role of Tech Editor, overseeing the growth of the
WTOP.com tech section.
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
Neal's ultimate honor is having listeners trust him and the WTOP team, to provide
information they need and enjoy in their life.
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Thursday - 10/17/2013, 06:21am EDT
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Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 03:47am EDT
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Monday - 10/14/2013, 05:09am EDT
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Thursday - 10/10/2013, 10:04am EDT
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Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 09:11am EDT
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Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 09:41am EDT
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Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 03:52am EDT
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Monday - 10/07/2013, 07:42am EDT
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Friday - 10/04/2013, 06:49am EDT
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Thursday - 10/03/2013, 09:15am EDT
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Thursday - 10/03/2013, 06:10am EDT
Buying a computer can be overwhelming. With so many choices, finding the right device for you is a challenge. Data Doctor Ken Colburn has five things to remember
Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 08:07am EDT
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Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 09:40am EDT
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Monday - 09/30/2013, 02:50pm EDT
The microwave oven of the future could charge cellphones and run small kitchen devices, according to researchers at University of Tokyo, who are studying ways of harvesting and storing small amounts of leaked energy.
Monday - 09/30/2013, 07:24am EDT
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Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:40am EDT
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Friday - 09/27/2013, 06:44am EDT
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Thursday - 09/26/2013, 03:59am EDT
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Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 11:46am EDT
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Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 03:57am EDT