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Paul Wagner came to FOX 5 in 1999 after eleven years at WTOP Radio.

In the ten years he's been at FOX 5 Paul has focused heavily on enterprise reporting, investigating issues mainly related to crime. In recent months Paul has broken several high profile stories including an arrest in what's commonly referred to as the "Swann Street murder case". Paul reported Dylan Ward had been charged with obstruction of justice in the sensational murder of attorney Robert Wone. Ward was the first of three men who would eventually be charged.

Paul's reporting also exposed new details in the re-hiring of more than twenty fired DC cops. Some of them given their jobs back despite highly questionable behavior, even arrests. A series of stories that culminated in Mayor Adrian Fenty announcing the officers would be reinvestigated and likely fired again. Paul also exposed new details in the investigation of Court overtime abuse. Revealing more than twenty officers were under scrutiny for allegedly receiving overtime under dubious circumstances. In addition to the fact two Assistant United States attorneys claimed their signatures had been forged by police officers on court overtime documents.

In recent years Paul has reported extensively on DNA, breaking several stories about its use in closing cases. Paul was the first to report Detectives in Fairfax County had found a DNA connection between a man on California's death row and the high profile murders of Rachel Raver, Warren Fulton and Veronica Jefferson. The three had been killed in the late eighties. Paul has also filed numerous stories exposing serious problems, missteps and delays in testing DNA in the District.

In 2004 City Council member Kathy Patterson singled Paul out for praise in exposing missteps at the D.C. Police property warehouse. A FOX 5 investigation revealed police had lost evidence in dozens of unsolved murder cases. Paul's reports lead directly to a new law requiring D.C. police to retain evidence in murder cases for sixty years. Patterson called Paul's reporting "the very best in public service journalism".

Since 2000 Paul has reported several dozen "Cold Cases". Featured on Saturday nights, the stories re-tell the facts in unsolved murder cases. In 2001 Paul won an Emmy for an investigation on youth violence and uncovered one of the biggest scandals in the history of the D.C. Police force. The Email Scandal which caught hundreds of officers in its web and launched a year long investigation. Last year Paul won a second Emmy award for a story on the U.S. Marshals service.

During his career, Paul has broken dozens of local and national stories including a confession in the Starbucks triple murder case, the FBI's espionage investigation of a State Department employee missing in Shenandoah National Park, and Mystery Author Patricia Cornwell's relationship with a former FBI agent and how it played a role in a bizarre attempted murder plot in Manassas, Virginia.

Paul has won three "Outstanding Enterprise Reporting" awards from the Associated Press along with the National RTNDA Edward R. Murrow award for his coverage of the 1991 Mount Pleasant Riots.

In the years prior to WTOP, Paul worked as a DJ at WYCR-FM in Hanover, Pennsylvania and reported traffic with a two way radio and binoculars from atop the Washington Monument for Metro Traffic.

He's also covered the Hill as a stringer for the networks, anchored the morning news for stations WXTR-FM (XTRA 104) WCXR-FM (Classic Rock) KIX-106 (Country) and reported for the Associated Press Radio Network.

Paul also spent two years in Houston as a Traffic Reporter for KPRC-TV and KIKK-FM radio.

Paul graduated from Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland with a degree in Political Science.

You can contact Paul by emailing him at paul.wagner@foxtv.com

 

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