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.

Story Archive

Darrell Brooks Jr. makes his initial court appearance on Tuesday in Waukesha, Wis. Prosecutors in Wisconsin have charged Brooks with intentional homicide in the deaths of at least five people who were killed when an SUV was driven into a Christmas parade. Mark Hoffman/AP hide caption

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Mark Hoffman/AP

The Memphis Police Department attained surveillance video showing two armed suspects getting out of a white two-door Mercedes Benz and approaching rapper Young Dolph while he was inside Makeda's Cookies. Memphis Police Department hide caption

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Memphis Police Department

Sheneen McClain stands at the site where her son Elijah was killed after an interaction with Aurora Police officers and paramedics resulted in the 23-year-old being restrained, choked and given a sedative on Aug. 24, 2019. Elijah McClain died less than a week later after leaving the scene unconscious and unable to breathe under his own power. AAron Ontiveroz/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Muhammad Aziz, center, stands outside the courthouse with members of his family after his conviction in the killing of Malcolm X was vacated on Thursday in New York. A Manhattan judge dismissed the convictions of Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, after prosecutors and the lawyers said a renewed investigation found new evidence that the men were not involved with the killing. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Howard University students gathered on campus to protest poor housing conditions and what they said was mistreatment by the university administration in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25. Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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JaShyah Moore, 14, of East Orange, N.J., was last seen on Oct. 14 at Poppies Deli. Authorities announced Thursday that she was found safe in New York City. East Orange City Hall hide caption

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East Orange City Hall

President Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Ten states are filing a lawsuit over the administration's rule requiring health care workers to be vaccinated. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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A woman receives a Pfizer vaccination booster shot from a nurse in Los Angeles. California Department of Public Health officials say that no fully vaccinated adult should be denied a COVID-19 booster shot in the state. Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag hide caption

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This photo released by the Louisville (Kentucky) Police shows Louisville Police Det. Myles Cosgrove after a narcotics raid on March 13, 2020. Cosgrove is fighting to get his job back with the Louisville Police Department after his firing earlier this year. Louisville Police/AP hide caption

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Judy Chartier holds a photograph of her missing daughter, also named Judith "Judy" Chartier, in May 1990. The car belonging to Judith and her remains were discovered nearly 40 years later. Tom Landers/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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JaShyah Moore, 14, of East Orange, N.J., was last seen on Oct. 14 at Poppies Deli. Authorities from various law enforcement agencies in New Jersey are working together to try to find her. East Orange City Hall hide caption

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East Orange City Hall