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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 - 09/09/2013, 06:26am EDT
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Friday - 09/06/2013, 06:47am EDT
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Thursday - 09/05/2013, 06:06am EDT
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Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 08:08am EDT
The Beach Boys have launched an online campaign, asking fans to contribute a guitar solo to a song that was recorded in 1979 without a lead guitar.
Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 06:36am EDT
A new mobile app lets people quickly buy what they see in a printed catalog, circular, or magazine without having to go online to make the purchase.
Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 03:48pm EDT
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Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 07:24am EDT
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Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 06:15am EDT
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Friday - 08/30/2013, 08:25pm EDT
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Thursday - 08/29/2013, 10:00am EDT
The first distillery since Prohibition in Loudoun County, Va. has gone high-tech, installing a large solar array on the roof of an historic building on Main Street in Purcellville.
Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 07:16am EDT
It's easy to shoot video with your smartphone -- it's not easy to do it well. Professionals offer basic how-tos on getting good video with your phone.
Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 07:04am EDT
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Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 06:54am EDT
A memo by the Department of Homeland Security shows most mobile malware targets the popular Android operating system.
Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 07:08am EDT
A new mobile app, ValPark, is aiming to eliminate one of the hassles of a night out in Washington, D.C. -- finding, paying for and waiting for valet parking. The service just launched at 10 popular restaurants and plans to increase locations in the near future.
Monday - 08/26/2013, 09:35am EDT
One of the women made temporarily famous by sexting with former congressman Anthony Weiner is cashing in on her 15 minutes.
Monday - 08/26/2013, 09:25am EDT
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Monday - 08/26/2013, 09:18am EDT
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Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 04:27pm EDT
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Thursday - 08/15/2013, 01:09pm EDT
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Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 07:08am EDT