DMV Download is the first daily, local podcast that dives deeper into the biggest and most interesting news stories impacting Washingtonians.
Each weekday afternoon, co-hosts Megan Cloherty and Luke Garrett will go in-depth on the top local stories delivering listeners more context, background and perspectives around the topics leading the news in the region.
“In 20 minutes, the podcast will offer listeners context on the day’s biggest stories, going past the headlines with our deep bench of sources and reporters,” said DMV Download host and investigative reporter, Megan Cloherty. “In my mind, if we can wrap up your workday with dependable, interesting content about our community, we’ve done our job.”
With the major national news podcasts releasing episodes each morning, DMV Download is something Washingtonians can add to their afternoon “news diets” to dive deeper on local topics impacting Virginia, Maryland and D.C.
“DMV Download pulls back the curtain and brings you into the WTOP newsroom. You’ll hear Megan and I have honest conversations with reporters and our sources about what’s going on in our area and why it matters. Our goal is to help us all better understand what makes this place we call home tick.”
The podcast is meant to be a companion product to WTOP’s 24/7 live news radio programming, which focuses on delivering the headlines and breaking news of the day to listeners as it’s happening, quickly and succinctly.
Cloherty has been with WTOP for the past 10 years, the last two of which she has served as WTOP’s Investigative Reporter. Cloherty will continue to look deeper into issues impacting the DMV in her new role as DMV Download host and producer. Cloherty is also the co-creator and host of season one of WTOP’s award-winning true-crime podcast, 22 Hours: An American Nightmare. Prior to WTOP, Cloherty worked as a local TV reporter in Oregon and Missouri, and freelanced for CNN Newsource.
Garrett came to WTOP in 2020 after graduating from the University of San Diego, where he studied physics and philosophy, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The USD Vista. Over the past two years, Garrett has served as a producer at WTOP and host of the weekly Is It Normal Yet?! podcast, focused on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Both Cloherty and Garrett are DC natives.
“Launching the DMV Download highlights WTOP’s continued focus on innovation with an investment in two accomplished and respected journalists excited to bring a fresh, local news podcast to life for the DC area,” said WTOP Director of Content Integration and Operations, Craig Schwalb.