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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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Enrollment in D.C. traditional and public charter schools increased by three percent in the 2013-2014 school year, the fifth consecutive year of growth in the city's school system. As in years past, enrollment in charter schools grew more aggressively, increasing by 1,891 students to 36,565 — a five percent jump. Enrollment in D.C. public schools grew by two percent, with ...
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Additional Coverage Analysis on Mayoral Poll by WAMU's Patrick Madden The Full Results of the Poll ...
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D.C. By The Numbers is a month-long series that will use numbers to highlight and explore exactly how D.C. does — and doesn't — work. Have a number to share? Get in touch. Today, D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe will appear before the D.C. Council for an oversight hearing on the department's performance during the 2013 fiscal ...
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The D.C. Board of Elections will decide within a week if a measure to legalize marijuana will make it on November's ballot. Proponents of an initiative to make it legal to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow three plants took their case to the Board of Elections on Tuesday, hoping to overcome opposition from D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan. Last week, Nat...
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Proponents of an initiative that would legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in D.C. are fighting to keep it on the November ballot, and on Tuesday they will make their case to the D.C. Board of Elections. The initiative would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and the cultivation of up to three plants within a home and allow residents t...
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A report on the death of a man who died across the street from a D.C. fire station in late January finds that a lieutenant and four firefighters failed to respond to calls for help from the man's daughter and passers-by. According to the report, a probationary firefighter called for help from the lieutenant after he was told that Medric Mills had collapsed along a sidewalk ...
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D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) has been endorsed by The Washington Post in her bid to unseat Mayor Vincent Gray. In an editorial published today, the Post calls Bowser a "thoughtful and pragmatic lawmaker" and...
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A proposed ballot initiative that would legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana would violate federal law and should therefore be kept off of the November ballot, according to D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan. A portion of the ballot initiative that would prohibit D.C. from limiting or refusing access to public housing based on marijuana use or possession would...
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After a couple years of underwhelming winter weather, this season has seen plenty of snow return to the region, so much so that D.C. officials report having worked through most of the salt supply. The city started the snow season with 38,000 tons of road salt on hand, and has used 35,000 tons so far on the city's 1,145 miles of roads, according to the D.C. Department of Publ...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray today announced the winning team for the redesign of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in downtown D.C. — Dutch firm Mecanoo Architecten and D.C.-based Martinez+Johnson Architecture. The team will be in charge of what is expected to be a $250 million renovation and redesign of the iconic Ludwig Mies van der Rohe building, which has served as the ci...
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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is cheering a federal judge's ruling that the Commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, calling it "an important step towards equality in Virginia." "Well, it’s really a decision that’s a victory for the Constitution and for treating everyone equally under the law. It’s the latest step in a journey towards equal...
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It was two years ago that D.C. officials decided to route a planned streetcar line over the H Street Bridge, allowing for a connection to Union Station. But now they say that the bridge will have to be fully replaced within five years, likely forcing the city to reroute the H Street streetcar line it hopes to start running this year. The 2.4-mile streetcar route runs up and ...
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A longer prison sentence could await former D.C. Council member Michael Brown. On Friday afternoon federal prosecutors said they were amending an indictment against Brown to include allegations that he accepted more than $100,000 dollars from a donor who agreed to secretly fund his successful bid for an at-large Council seat in 2008. Last year Brown admitted to ...
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A California-based organic soap maker is putting big money into a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana in D.C., following similar donations to initiatives that did the same in Colorado and Washington state. David Bronner, owner of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, has donated $20,000 to the initiative, which was filed with the D.C. Board of...
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Tweeters, beware — especially if you earn your paycheck on the taxpayer dime. A District resident who posted dozens of tweets asking his followers to donate to a D.C. Council member while he was on the clock as a federal government employee is being cited as an example of what federal workers cannot do on social media when it comes to partisan politics. According...
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When they started looking for a preschool for their three-year-old son last year, Genevieve Martinez and her husband did what many parents in D.C. find themselves doing: research. Unhappy with their assigned public school, the Columbia Heights couple opted to apply for out-of-boundary public schools and charter schools. They attended open houses, perused the tables at a charte...
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Despite recent testing gains, educational achievement in the region remains distinctly unequal — and the gap between low-income students and their higher-income counterparts isn't narrowing. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that while reading proficiency among fourt...