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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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The D.C. Board of Elections says that the city's voting machines are outdated and in need of replacement, an admission that comes only weeks before what could be a close mayoral election. In a report on the Apr. 1 primary published last week, the board said that a majority of the city's touch-screen and optical scanner voting machines are outdated, exceeding the recommended ...
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President Obama may not be a D.C. voter, but today he added his voice to the ongoing D.C. mayoral campaign by endorsing Muriel Bowser. In a statement, Obama called Bowser, who represents Ward 4 on the D.C. Council, a "champion for working and middle-class families, and a...
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The Supreme Court today announced that it would not review appeals of same-sex marriage cases in five states — including Virginia — allowing the unions to proceed without further delay. As of 1 p.m., same-sex marriages throughout the commonwealth have been allowed to take place. The decision — which also dealt with appeals filed in response to court rulings in Utah, Ok...
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The attorney whose lawsuit led a federal judge to toss out D.C.'s longstanding ban on carrying guns outside the home is asking that same judge to block an emergency bill passed by the D.C. Council last month that allows certain residents to carry concealed handguns. In a blistering court filing, attorney Alan Gura argues that the Council's bill — which limits concealed c...
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Residents of Monroe Towers in Columbia Heights received unwelcome news in mid-September: a large envelope of paperwork warning them that the building's owner was planning to raise rents — by as much as 100 percent. Now they're girding for a fight to stay in a rent-controlled building in a neighborhood that has become a hotspot for gentrification. Earlier this summer, Urba...
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Starting on Wednesday, the D.C. government's 30,000 employees will enjoy a perk few of their counterparts in the private sector get: paid family leave. Mayor Vincent Gray announced on Tuesday that all of the city's workers would receive up to eight weeks of paid family leave that can be...
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What does a new headquarters for the FBI have to do with the fight for D.C. statehood? To most people, not much. But to one D.C. attorney, it's leverage. Johnny Barnes, a former head of the ACLU of the Nation's Capital and a longtime statehood advocate, announced over the weekend that he ...
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Metro Connection Segments Why Did African Americans Leave Georgetown? ...
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D.C. has speed cameras and red light cameras, crime cameras, and license plate-reading cameras. And starting next week, you can add body-worn cameras to that list. Mayor Vincent Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier today announced that 160 officers will take part in a six-month, $1 million pilot program during which they will test five type...
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The D.C. Council today unanimously passed an emergency bill that allows residents to carry concealed handguns, reversing a decades-old ban that was tossed out by a federal judge in July. Under the ...
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The debate over a bill that would allow D.C. residents to carry concealed handguns hasn't yet taken place, but some legislators are already expressing uncertainty and concern over the measure. Meeting at their annual monthly breakfast this morning, various members of the D.C. Council raised questions on the ...
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Today the D.C. Council will debate a bill that would allow residents to do something they haven't been permitted to do in decades: carry a handgun outside their home. The bill, jointly authored by Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chair Phil Mendelson, comes in ...
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D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) expressed skepticism over a city-led review that found that D.C. could not have prevented the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, the 8-year-old who went missing from the D.C. General homeless shelter in February. Speaking du...
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On the same day that D.C. officials announced emergency legislation that will allow residents to carry handguns outside their homes, a federal judge denied the city's request for a longer stay of the late-July ruling that tossed out the city's ban on carrying guns....
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By late October, D.C. residents will be able to do something that they've been prohibited from doing for over 80 years: carry a handgun outside their homes. The change comes as the D.C. Council prepares to take up emergency legislation that would allow residents to carry concealed handguns, a bill forced by the ...
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Opponents of a ballot initiative that would legalize the possession of marijuana and allow D.C. residents to grow up to six plants in their homes have launched a campaign against the measure, and are urging residents to vote it down on Nov. 4. Speaking in ...
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After the U.S. House of Representatives debated a D.C. statehood bill in 1992, the measure made it out of committee before being killed during a vote on the House floor. But a statehood bill debated yesterday in the U.S. Senate may not even make it out of committee — despite Democrats controlling the chamber. D.C. officials and advocates on Monday made their pleas to the S...