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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.


Articles Written by Martin Austermuhle

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In a farewell speech delivered at Dunbar High School — his alma mater — on Wednesday evening, Mayor Vincent Gray gave an impassioned and at times exhaustive defense of his four years in office, saying that at the end of his tenure the city is "stronger today than at any moment in our history." In the written copy of the speech — which was accompanied by the launching o...
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The date of the District's local primary election is changing — again. The D.C. Council today gave final approval to a bill changing the city's primary date from April to September, backtracking on a 2011 move that changed the date from September to April. Under the bill introduced by Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) ...
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As the District's citywide school lottery opens to parents, Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser remains quiet on the tweaks she has said she wants to make to new school boundaries and feeder patterns that start taking effect today. Speaking at a press conference where she introduced her new deputy mayor for education, Bowser said that any of those tweaks would be made "early in the ye...
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D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser will travel to the West Coast tonight to make the final pitch for the region's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. On Tuesday, Bowser will speak to the U.S. Olympic Committee in Redwood City, California, which will choose an American city to compete against international suitors for the 2024 games. Natio...
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District residents will be able to run, pray and dance during Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser's inauguration next month. Bowser's transition team today unveiled plans for three days worth of events. Beyond the inauguration ceremony itself — which will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 2 at the Washi...
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Georgetown University's men's basketball team joined the growing ranks of athletes speaking out in the wake of multiple killings of unarmed black men on Wednesday night, appearing before a game against Kansas wearing t-shirts with the phrase "I can't breathe." The phrase was uttered by Eric Garner, the black man confronted in July by New York City police for illegally sellin...
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On Tuesday, Congress unveiled a must-pass $1.1 trillion spending bill — and tucked into it was a provision that seems to block the implementation of the marijuana legalization initiative that was overwhelmingly approved by 70 percent of D.C. voters on Nov. 4. But now some are sayi...
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The voters couldn't decide the race, so now it will be left up to chance. After a recount of all ballots today, the race for an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner race in Columbia Heights has ended in a rare tie, sending the two candidates to a casting of lots that by law has to occur at noon of a day designated by the D.C. Board of Elections. The race between inc...
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Proponents of marijuana legalization are warning that Congress is moving to stop the District from implementing a ballot initiative approved by voters in November that will legalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana. Adam Eidinger, who chaired the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, the group behind the city's legalization initiative, said today that he had been told that ...
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A D.C. public charter school on the verge of being closed is asking for more time to prove that it can effectively educate its students — a request that's rarely granted in the fast-churning world of charter schools. Last month, the D.C. Public Charter School Board voted to initiate the revocation of Potomac Prep's charter, a death...