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Martin Austermuhle

Web Producer & Reporter

Austermuhle joined WAMU as a web producer and reporter in April 2013. Prior to that, he served as editor-in-chief for DCist.com, and has written for the Washington City Paper, Washington Diplomat and other publications. Born in Switzerland, Martin lived throughout Latin America before coming to the U.S. to attend Penn State University and later Georgetown University, where he received a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies. He lives in Columbia Heights with his wife Carolina, a school teacher, and daughter.


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In a letter to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Mayor Vincent Gray today warned of potential legal consequences — including a D.C. government shutdown and return of the Control Board — if the Council does not approve the city's 2015 budget within the time prescribed by the Home Rule Charter. The letter stems from an ongoing conflict over last year's ...
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Joyanna Smith faces a daunting task: She's responsible for mediating conflicts between the 80,000 students attending D.C. public and charter schools and the thousands of teachers and administrators that make up the bureaucracy charged with educating them. But the newly appo...
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The D.C. Fire Department lieutenant accused of not responding to a man who collapsed across the street from her fire station is moving closer to retirement, and that means she could avoid any discipline in the case. Last week Lt. Kellene Davis received the signat...
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Speaking only days after two agency heads announced their departure, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray sought to tamp down on any concerns that his loss in the April 1 primary would halt work in the last nine months of his term. “We have a pretty good bench, in most instances, so those...
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A number of D.C. legislators — including two running for mayor — have started weighing in on controversial proposals to change the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns. Over the weekend, D.C. education officials unveiled three proposals for changing the four-decad...
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D.C. Public Schools today released detailed data on the results of last week's common lottery for public and charter schools, showing which public schools received most interest from parents and which have the longest wait lists. The lott...
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Terry Bellamy, the director of the D.C. Department of Transportation, will be leaving his post by as early as the end of the month, sources confirmed today. Bellamy is the second agency head to announce his departure since Mayor Vincent Gray lost the April 1 primary to Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4). The Washington City Paper ...
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The D.C. Council today abandoned a last-ditch attempt to have residents vote for an attorney general in November, likely pushing the first-ever election of the city's top law enforcement official to 2018. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said at a hearing that there wasn't enough support for the bill, which was introduced by Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) last year afte...
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A pair of D.C. legislators will introduce a bill on Tuesday that would scrap the list of conditions that can qualify a resident for medical marijuana, and instead allow a doctor to make the determination regardless of what their patient is suffering from. Under rules currently governing D.C.'s medical marijuana program, only residents with HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, or seve...
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Self-driving cars may be years away for most motorists, but D.C. is jumping ahead of the curve and preparing for the brave new world of cars that drive themselves. On Friday, the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles published a set of proposed rules that would govern the use of so-called autonomous vehicles — cars that have the ability to drive themselves. If the rules are ad...
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Fresh off of her victory in Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary, Muriel Bowser is already fielding questions on which agency heads she would keep — and one key figure in the city's school system isn't assured a job if Bowser wins November's general election. On WAMU's The Politics Hour...
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Judith Martin, better known as "Miss Manners" Etiquette and elections may not seem to mix, but one expert says that a post-election concession phone call is the "right thing to do."...
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The D.C. primary may be only two days old, but that's not stopping hopeful contenders from preparing for the next election. Both Elissa Silverman and Rev. Graylan Hagler announced today that they're eyeing the At-Large D.C. Council that will be vacated by Council member David Catania, who is mounting an independent bid for mayor against Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser. ...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said today that she was suspending the search of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. In a press conference, Lanier said that while police have not given up the search for Rudd, they are winding down operations in the 700-acre park in Northeast D.C. "We have not turned up anything in this search that has ans...
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Mayor Vincent Gray's 2015 budget, which is being unveiled today, includes funds for many programs and projects, but one thing that won't be included in the $6.79 billion spending plan is a program passed by the D.C. Council that would offer qualifying residents up to $7,500 a year to pay for college. According to budget officials, Gray chose to exclude funds to pay for the P...
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A new Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance limits could have a big impact in both D.C. and Maryland. In today's 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the court ruled that the limit on how much an individua...
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Should D.C. move the April primary to another month? Record low voter turnout in Tuesday's D.C. primary is again raising the question: Is April is too early in the y...
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While the main stories of Tuesday's D.C. primary were the defeat of Mayor Vincent Gray and Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), a number of other races were also on the ballot yesterday: In the race for Council Chair, Phil Mendelson handily defeated challenger Calvin Gurley 81-17. In an At-Large race, Council member Anita Bonds won another term, beating chal...
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Additional Coverage Election Live-Blog Bowser Defeats Gray In D.C. Democratic Primary ...