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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
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
When users type an unknown word and hit "enter," they're presented with the definition, as well as synonyms,
antonyms and sample sentences.
Monday - 08/26/2013, 09:18am EDT
Maryland Del. Don Dwyer has been arrested for driving while impaired, in Pasadena, Md. The arrest comes two weeks after Dwyer pleaded guilty to drunken boating in a 2012 crash.
Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 04:27pm EDT
A pricey Land Rover Defender has been destroyed (and videotaped) at a Baltimore salvage yard by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers because it was unsafe and illegally imported.
Thursday - 08/15/2013, 01:09pm EDT
Lady Gaga's new song, "Applause," has been released a week early, after demos of the song leaked online Monday.
Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 07:08am EDT
On the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, of Frederick, Md., prosecutors in Aruba tell WTOP they still believe Gary Giordano of Gaithersburg, Md., kidnapped and murdered his traveling partner.
Friday - 08/02/2013, 08:37pm EDT
Residents in Spring Valley, the neighborhood built on a World War I chemical weapons testing and dumping site, are healthier than the nation overall, according to a new report by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Thursday - 08/01/2013, 02:47pm EDT
The pristine marble statue of Abraham Lincoln remains splattered with green paint Monday morning after Friday's vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial.
Monday - 07/29/2013, 07:40am EDT
The National Park Service says it will begin work Monday to
remove a disputed inscription from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Monday - 07/22/2013, 12:20pm EDT
The Go-Go's former bassist is back on the stage as she embraces digital concerts with her band, The BlueBonnets.
Thursday - 07/18/2013, 01:46pm EDT
Actor Robbie Rist discusses his role in the SyFy made-for-television movie "Sharknado" and how the movie is generating a major social media buzz.
Monday - 07/15/2013, 10:58am EDT
Located just off Balls Ford Road and Cushing Road, the lot provides a direct on-ramp connection to eastbound Interstate 66 for vehicles with two or more people in them.
Monday - 07/08/2013, 08:18am EDT
Maryland has agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by an African-American driver alleging that two state police troopers violated his civil rights with racial profiling.
Friday - 07/05/2013, 09:33am EDT
Gov. Bob McDonnell is looking to the private sector for ideas -- and eventually money -- to ease congestion on I-66.
Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 07:44am EDT
Merriweather Post Pavilion will be No. 5 in Rolling Stone's upcoming list of best arenas and amphitheaters.
Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 09:49am EDT
WTOP has learned the furlough of government workers will mean a delay in the toxic cleanup at Spring Valley near American University.
Monday - 06/17/2013, 11:16am EDT
Running in the hallways of Clarksburg High School isn't allowed -- driving an award-winning electric vehicle is OK, though.
Monday - 06/17/2013, 09:17am EDT
The images were gripping more than 30 years ago. Viewed now, they serve as a history lesson for some and a vivid flashback for those who remember the early days of Washington, D,C.'s hardcore punk scene.
Monday - 06/10/2013, 01:12pm EDT
Ten years after the discovery of the first intersex fish in the Potomac River, leading researchers are closing in on the chemicals and sources producing fish with immature eggs in the sex organs of male smallmouth and largemouth bass. The research suggests the cause is not what researchers initially thought -- the flushing of prescription drugs.
Thursday - 06/06/2013, 08:23am EDT
Rob Hart woke up last Thursday, May 31, as an award-winning photojournalist for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Thursday - 06/06/2013, 04:18am EDT