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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.
You can email Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on
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Monday - 09/30/2013, 02:50pm EDT
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Monday - 09/30/2013, 07:24am EDT
Facebook has introduced a new feature that allows a person to edit his or her own status update. In the past, a poster would have to delete and recreate an update, losing Likes and comments. Available Friday online, the feature will soon be included in Android and iOS.
Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:40am EDT
The beloved film "Wizard of Oz" has been digitally remastered, bringing new depth and texture to the travels of Dorothy and her journey to Oz. Friday night is the final night for showings at area IMAX 3D theaters.
Friday - 09/27/2013, 06:44am EDT
It's been 44 years since the first published report of a rumor that Beatle Paul McCartney was dead. In this digital age, we asked journalism experts how the "Paul is dead" story might have played out if Twitter existed at the time.
Thursday - 09/26/2013, 03:59am EDT
In general, iPhone cases are designed to protect the Apple device. A new iPhone case can also protect the owner. The Yellow Jacket case houses a 650,000-volt stun gun.
Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 11:46am EDT
Maximizing the features built into a smartphone's camera while minimizing its limitations is the key to taking better photos. Photographer Cederic Terrell offers five easy tips to take better pix.
Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 03:57am EDT
New motion analysis software, loaded onto an iPad, can help athletes and their trainers figure out why they're not performing up to their potential. Local company Spark Motion's clients include NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL team.
Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 08:21am EDT
The home built on top of a World War I munitions site has been torn down. On Monday, the Army Corps of Engineers starts removing the home's foundation, with the "high probability" of finding remnants of chemical agents. Full story.
Monday - 09/23/2013, 09:37am EDT
Google Glass isn't available to the public, but its development is sparking buzz and interest in the possibilities of wearable computers. WTOP gets a chance to experiment with Google Glass, thanks to Data Doctor Ken Colburn.
Thursday - 09/19/2013, 06:47am EDT
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has been ordered by a D.C. Superior Court judge to pay nearly $20,000 to a woman he fought with in a nightclub
Tuesday - 09/17/2013, 06:19pm EDT
LivingSocial is seeking to reinvent itself again. The District-based company rose to fame with its daily deals, but plans to change into a Web site and mobile app where people can browse for deals.
Monday - 09/16/2013, 08:46am EDT
A Montgomery County, Md. temple is using high-tech to bring followers closer to a higher being. Temple Shalom will be live-streaming Friday's Yom Kippur High Holy Day service.
Friday - 09/13/2013, 09:32am EDT
The piles of computer games he'd coveted has teenager were becoming a liability as an adult - so one gamer came up with a creative way to conceal his passion.
Friday - 09/13/2013, 09:25am EDT
A woman who was horrified to learn naked photos she had shared with a boyfriend were posted online is fighting to change laws to protect other victims.
Thursday - 09/12/2013, 12:15pm EDT
Denny's jumped at the chance to capitalize on Apple's new iPhone with a clever social media ad.
Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 08:17am EDT
With the immediate future of iPhone clear, the future of a groundbreaking Apple mobile device is less clear. The iPod Classic is apparently entering the twilight of its life.
Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 06:19am EDT
Getting divorced is difficult enough. Sharing too much information on social media can complicate matters, and even be used against you in the courtroom.
Monday - 09/09/2013, 06:26am EDT
It's been 18 years since the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. DJ Cerphe Colwell will never forget his encounter with Beatle John Lennon's acoustic guitar.
Friday - 09/06/2013, 06:47am EDT
We all know how convenient it is to look things up online. Printing what you find online is a different (and often wasteful) matter. Here's how to print what you want, and nothing more.
Thursday - 09/05/2013, 06:06am EDT