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WAMU 88.5 Uses Special Collections to Tell John Wilson’s Story

“In the early 1990s, John Wilson was chairman of the DC Council, and one of the most powerful, and most popular, men in DC politics. Wilson was considering a bid for mayor, and if he had run, political observers say he would very likely have been elected. But John Wilson was also a man with a secret — one he had been struggling with for decades. His death 20 years ago, on May 19, 1993, shook the District.” –Metro Connection, WAMU, broadcast May 31, 2013.

NPR affiliate WAMU 88.5 FM’s program Metro Connection recently broadcast a story exploring the vibrant career and tragic death of DC Council Chairman John Wilson. For this story, journalist Jacob Fenston visited the Special Collections Research Center and used the John A. Wilson papers. Fenston discovered a wealth of audio and video content that he used to bring the story to life. The story’s audio clips allowed listeners to hear Wilson himself as well as interviews with his friends and co-workers. Fenston also used images of Wilson housed in the collection for a photographic montage that accompanies the online story.

The Special Collections Research Center is proud to hold the papers of John Wilson and many other DC City Council members, as well as the papers of US senators and representatives. Our collections are a rich resource for scholars and journalists exploring the social and historical impact of political figures and the causes and issues that occupied them during their careers.

Listen to the WAMU story or read a text version of the story here: http://wamu.org/programs/metro_connection/13/05/31/a_dc_politicians_secr...

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