Jonathan Franklin Jonathan Franklin is a reporter on the Newshub covering general assignment and international and domestic breaking news.
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WUSA
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WUSA

Jonathan Franklin

Reporter, Newsdesk

Jonathan Franklin is a reporter on the Newshub covering general assignment and international and domestic breaking news.

For the last few years, Franklin has been reporting and covering a broad spectrum of local and national news in the nation's capital. Prior to NPR, he served as a digital multiskilled journalist for the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., WUSA.

While at WUSA, Franklin covered and reported on some of the major stories over the last two years – the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Black/African American community, D.C.'s racial protests and demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, the 2020 presidential election and the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.

Having served as a multiplatform journalist for a local affiliate of a national broadcaster, you can easily scan for Franklin's byline and find hundreds of local breaking news stories with engaging ledes, videos and live reporting along with well-calibrated anecdotes that center the individuals and communities in service of the journalism he's pursuing.

Prior to WUSA, he produced and reported for various ABC and CW affiliates across the country and was a freelance multimedia journalist for The Washington Informer in Washington, D.C. He began his journalism career at WDCW in Washington.

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Franklin earned his master's degree in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast and digital journalism from Georgetown University and his undergraduate degrees in English & Digital Media and African/African American Studies from Wofford College.

Franklin is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., both the National and Washington Associations of Black Journalists, Online News Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

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A star for late rapper Nipsey Hussle was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Aug. 15. The ceremony included speeches and remarks from members of the late rapper's family, including his sister, Samantha Smith (third from right), and his grandmother Margaret Boutte (fourth from right), who accepted the star on behalf of the family. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that she is pledging $10 million to establish new teams in every county and in New York City dedicated primarily to combat domestic terrorism. Here, Hochul holds up signed legislation as she is surrounded by lawmakers during a bill signing ceremony at the Northeast Bronx YMCA on June 6, 2022 in New York City. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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Blackbird Collective, located in Culver City, Calif., was created with the intention to empower women of color and allies in the entrepreneurship and creative fields to create positive change for each other and the world. Here, a portion of the workspace used by members. Mahogany & Co. hide caption

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Mahogany & Co.

A Washington state man has been arrested after allegedly calling a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store and threatening to kill the Black people inside. This nearby Tops Grocery store in Buffalo was the scene of a deadly mass shooting in May. Usman Khan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The white gunman who killed 10 Black people and injured three other individuals at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., in May was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on hate crimes and firearm charges. Here, a memorial for the supermarket shooting victims is set up outside Tops on July 14. Joshua Bessex/AP hide caption

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A woman holds a sign in honor of Emmett Till during a protest on June 13, 2020 in Chicago, Ill. Till's family urged authorities to move on a recently discovered unserved warrant from 1955 that charges a white woman for the murder and kidnapping of the teenager. Natasha Moustache/Getty Images hide caption

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Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol on Tuesday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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The long-running daytime show The Wendy Williams Show is officially ending Friday after 13 seasons in syndication. Here, the TV talk show host arrives during the 2014 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. Omar Vega/Invision/AP hide caption

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Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, commemorates the end of slavery on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, in compliance with President Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Here, a young woman stands near a piece of art created during the Louisville Juneteenth Festival at the Big Four Lawn on June 19, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. Jon Cherry/Getty Images hide caption

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