Jonathan Franklin
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Jonathan Franklin

WUSA
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WUSA

Jonathan Franklin

Reporter, Newsdesk

Jonathan Franklin is a digital reporter on the News desk covering general assignment and breaking national 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 TEGNA-owned 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.

A scan of Franklin's byline will find hundreds of local breaking news stories, engaging ledes and well-calibrated anecdotes that center the individuals and communities in service of the journalism he's pursuing.

Prior to WUSA, Jonathan 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, Humanities 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.

In his spare time, Franklin enjoys traveling to new cities and countries, watching movies, reading a good novel, and all alongside his favorite pastime: brunch.

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Christina Nance was found dead by police after being in a van for five days after she was reported missing by her family. Now, her family is calling for an investigation into her death. Nance Family via GoFundMe hide caption

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Students at Patterson High School in Patterson, Calif., are participating in the one of the first truck-driving programs for students at a non-vocational high school in the country. Dave Dein/Patterson High School hide caption

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A video call on a laptop screen during Christmas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on Friday for safely celebrating the upcoming holiday season. FilippoBacci/Getty Images hide caption

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A Zebra stands in the shade at the Los Angeles Zoo as a heat wave hits Los Angeles on Oct. 6, 2014. Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The White House says Thursday that the U.S. will commit 17 million additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the African Union. Picture Alliance/dpa/picture alliance via Getty I hide caption

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The changes at the U.S. Postal Service, which went into effect Oct. 1, call for slower delivery times for some first-class mail, shorter hours for some post offices and more expensive postal rates VIEW press/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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An update to Facebook's routers that coordinate network traffic went wrong on Monday, sending a wave of disruption and effectively shutting down Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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A bird balances on a temporary floating barrier used to contain oil that seeped into Talbert Marsh, home to about 90 bird species, after a 126,000-gallon oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach, Calif., over the weekend. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Nadine Seiler poses with a piece of artwork that was once displayed on the fence outside the White House. Seiler is working to find new homes for the 700+ signs/artifacts. Jonathan Franklin/Jonathan Franklin/NPR hide caption

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This photo provided by Orange County Sheriff's Office shows Miya Marcano in Orlando, Fla. The sheriff's office says she disappeared Friday shortly after 27-year-old maintenance worker Armando Caballero was seen letting himself into her apartment with a master key. Orange County Sheriff's Office/AP hide caption

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The U.S. Postal Service says the new service standards for first-class mail will increase delivery reliability, consistency and efficiency for customers, officials say. John Smith/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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