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

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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 Mississippi man is facing a hate crime charge and arson violations after he allegedly burned a cross in his front yard to threaten a Black family. Guenther Gassler/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Family Dollar says it is recalling six Colgate products sold at stores across 11 different states because of the products being stored outside of recommended temperature requirements. Here, a Family Dollar store is seen on July 28, 2014 in Hollywood, Fla. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman, who is part of a group of migrants that had just arrived, holds a child as they are fed outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Wednesday in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew two planes of migrants to Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday. Ray Ewing/AP hide caption

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Dozens of parents of young Black girls are posting videos across social media of their children's reactions to the newly released trailer of Disney's live action "Little Mermaid" starring Halle Bailey as Ariel. Screenshot by NPR/Walt Disney Studios hide caption

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This image captured from bodycam video released by the Childersburg (Ala.) Police Department and provided by attorney Harry Daniels shows Michael Jennings, left, in custody in Childersburg, Ala., on May 22. Jennings was helping out a friend by watering flowers when officers showed up and placed him under arrest within moments. Childersburg Police Department via AP hide caption

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A longtime pastor at Vision of Abundant Life Church in Sylacauga, Ala., Pastor Michael Jennings recalls the moment the Childersburg Police Department arrived at his neighbor's house and arresting him while watering his out-of-town neighbor's flowers. Pastor Michael Jennings/The Embry Law Firm hide caption

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Pastor Michael Jennings/The Embry Law Firm

Nearly 1,500 pounds of alleged cocaine was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to officials. The estimated street value of the narcotics is $11.8 million. U.S. Customs and Border Protection hide caption

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Pastor Michael Jennings of Childersburg, Ala., says he was arrested and charged with a crime while watering his neighbor's flowers. Childersburg Police Department/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Childersburg Police Department/Screenshot by NPR

A Black man in Portland, Ore., has been awarded $4.4 million in a settlement after a jury determined he was racially profiled while shopping at Walmart. Here, the Walmart logo is seen outside a store in Burbank, Calif. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Facebook's parent company, Meta, confirmed an issue with the company's feed after users reported a glitch on their feed showing spam from celebrity pages. Here, the Facebook logo is seen on a computer. ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A new Maryland alert system named in honor of the late Emmett Till will aim to bring awareness to hate crimes across the state. Here, a mural featuring a portrait of civil rights icon Emmett Till is seen in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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In honor of the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to earn a pilot's license, American Airlines operated a flight out of Dallas with an all-Black, all-female crew. American Airlines hide caption

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