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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 and daughter.


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D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) is asking the director of the Department of Health to expand the list of medical conditions that would allow a resident to legally use medical marijuana. In a letter to acting director Joxel Garcia, Grosso writes that the existing limits on who can get medical marijuana leaves out residents who suffer from other serious condition...
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D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services has implemented a new policy limiting what firefighters and emergency responders can post to social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, a move that some say is aimed at silencing critics of a department that has seen its share of troubles over th...
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D.C. police are investigating the stabbing of five people at an Adams Morgan nightclub early on New Year's Day. In a message posted on a community listserv, police say that they found four people — three men and one woman — suffering from stab wounds that may have come from a fight at the District nightclub on 18th Street NW, where a number of bars, restaurants and clubs...
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With the holidays past and a New Year upon us, candidates for elected office in D.C. and Maryland are ramping up for an election year that will see pitched battles for the top leadership slots in both places. In D.C., candidates for the April 1 primary — when everything from the mayor's office to various seats on the D.C. Council will be up for grabs — have until tomorro...
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D.C. and Virginia politicians may not have much in common, but they did share one inglorious trait in 2013: plenty of them got stuck in scandals. For yet another year, D.C.'s politicians had trouble escaping the cloud of corruption that has hung over the city since 2011. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign ...
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It wasn't just another year of the usual vehicular gridlock in the region — there was plenty of that, of course, more than in most of the country — but a number of mass transit projects also seemed to be stuck with little sense of when they'd get to their final destination. Tr...
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A new report from the D.C. Inspector General finds that management failures and higher-than-usual requests for sick leave were to blame for the shortages that left D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services without personnel and equipment to adequately respond to emergencies on New Year's Eve 2012. According to the report, 197 of the 449 firefighters and emergency responders t...
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The D.C. Council voted this week to increase the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, the highest rate in the country. And while activists on both of the debate argued over the merits of the idea, they did agree on one thing: elections played a big role in the vote....
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City/State Minimum Wage Linked to CPI? District of Columbia $11.50 (effective 2016) Yes San Francisco $10.55 Yes Sante Fe, NM $10.51 Yes ...
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A key component of the streetcar line on H Street and Benning Road NE has just gotten more expensive — and history is to blame. Earlier this month the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) informed the D.C. Council that the cost of building the facility, known as a car barn, would more tha...
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As the recount in Virginia's cliff-hanging race for attorney general goes statewide today, Democrat Mark Herring has expanded his lead. On Monday the recount of the attorney general's election started in Fairfax County, Alexandria and Chesapeake. While Herring started the day with a 165-vote lead over Republican Mark Obenshain, by the end of the count he picked up enough vot...
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With an ongoing transition in New York City, plenty of rumors have emerged as to who will lead up important agencies for mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. There's one person that can probably be crossed off the list for the City's top schools job: D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. In a letter to Central Office employees on Friday morning, Henderson said while she's had discu...
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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) is taking on a new challenge today: he says he'll live off of what minimum wage workers make for a week. Wells, who is also running for mayor, will announce this afternoon that he'll keep himself to a budget that aligns with the city's minimum hourly wage of $8.25. That means that he'll spend only $98.28 on food and transportation, ...
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It's natural to be slightly nervous when a police car pulls up alongside you in traffic, and even more natural to feel relieved when it drives away. But with a tool being used by the Metropolitan Police Department, an officer doesn't even need to look you up to see if you've done anything wrong — a little camera mounted on the back of their cruiser will do it for them. D.C...
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With anywhere between four and six inches of snow expected today through 2 p.m., local school districts and the federal government have announced that they are closed. None of public school systems in or around D.C. are open today (most D.C. charter schools are closed too...
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One of the remaining questions marks in D.C. politics was whether Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) would run for a fifth term. Today he answered that question: he's in. Speaking on NewsChannel 8's NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt this morning, Graham said that he was again motivated to serve his constituents. "Ultimately I couldn't walk away from the opportunity for service," ...
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The season's first winter blast coated area roads with ice on Sunday evening, forcing closures of many local schools and putting others on a two-hour delay. Here's the updated list of what's open and what's not in the region. Closed: Loudoun County public schools, Fairfax County public schools, Fauquier County public schools, Prince William County public sch...
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In the wake of Nelson Mandela's passing on Thursday, books of condolences are being placed at two sites in Washington, where the public is encouraged to leave messages for the legendary South African leader. One book will be located at the South African Embassy, 3051 Massachusetts Ave. NW, and will be open daily for signing from today through Tuesday between the hours of 10 ...
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That Georgetown doesn't have a Metro station has always been the source of a longstanding urban myth. The residents of the tony Northwest neighborhood rejected a station when Metro was first built, goes the myth, because they feared it would allow the city's riff-raff to bring their troublemaking ways to the peaceful area. Not only is that false — it was largely the neighb...