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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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For better or for worse, Marion Barry is a D.C. legend. But when it comes to who gets to tell his story, Barry is clear on one point — it should be Marion Barry. Speaking on The Kojo Nnamdi Show today, Barry criticized journalists Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe, sayi...
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That the Washington Monument reopened to the public today after three years of repairs was a cause of celebration for many residents and visitors, but for Jim Shepherd, the moment is bittersweet. "I'd like to think we're the sisterhood of damaged earthquake landmarks, but the Was...
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Residents or visitors to D.C. who are in possession of marijuana should be aware of the city's political boundaries — it could well determine whether they get hit with a fine or end up behind bars. That was one of the conclusions of today's congressional hearing...
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Update, May 12: The blog post and footage from the drone have been deleted. If you want to sell real estate in D.C., good photography helps. How about dramatic aerial shots of the neighborhood you're marketing? That was the thinking of two local realtors, who on Monday post...
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Today a House committee will hold a hearing on a D.C. law decriminalizing marijuana. While the law easily passed the D.C. Council and was signed by Mayor Vincent Gray, Republican members of Congress have expressed concern over how the law would affect federal police forces worki...
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If you happen to see a garbage can or recycling bin in D.C. with a "Take Me!" sticker on it, don't take the instruction literally — it could get you in trouble with the law. Two people were arrested in Georgetown on April 21 after they were spotted putting D.C. recycling bins into a jeep. The duo, a man and a woman, managed to load 51 of the bins into their car before poli...
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School Students On Wait-List Two Rivers 1,722 Mundo Verde 1,031 Yu Ying 1,028 Elsie Stokes 889 Creative Minds 870 ...
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The Prince George's County Police Department has a new tool in the fight against prostitution: Twitter. The department announced today that it will live-tweet a prostitution sting next week, using the popular micro-blogging service to publicize arrests of prostitutes and their clients. "We won't tell you when or where, other than it's somewhere in the county someti...
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It rained yesterday. A lot. But how much, exactly? According to a U.S. Geological Survey ...
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Today the District starts issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants who have lived in the city for at least six months, joining only 10 states and Puerto Rico that currently do so. Until today, undocumented immigrants in D.C. who wanted to drive a car had to do so illegally, since they were not eligible for a driver’s license. But last year the D.C. Council pa...
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State % Yes, would move Illinois 50 Connecticut 49 Maryland 47 Nevada 43 Rhode Island 42 New Jersey...
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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced today that children brought to the United States by undocumented parents can qualify for in-state tuition under existing state law. Herring's declaration, made at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria campus, comes on the heels of the General Assembly session where lawmakers rejected the so called Dream Act, the l...
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The House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that makes a small change to the Height Act, the 100-year-old law limiting how tall buildings in the nation's capital can get. Under the bill, existing building penthouses that are used for mechanical purposes can be converted for human use. That means that homes, gardens and restaurants will be able to move higher up on e...
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A majority of D.C. residents who participated in a series of community meetings in early April expressed opposition to many of the proposed changes to school boundaries and feeder patterns, according to data released by city officials. Eighty-five percent of those who participated in the meetings s...
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What This Means For You This reporter has an old blue-and-white D.C. driver's license that expires in 2020. The DMV says that I can keep this license and use it for local and federal purposes until it expires. At that point, I'll have to go to a service center with certain documents to validate my ID and D.C. residency. This applies ...
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A decade ago, many baseball fans in D.C. and Virginia didn't really have a choice: The closest local team was the Baltimore Orioles, so supporting the team was pretty much the default. But with the Nationals' return to D.C. in 2005 after a three-decade absence of baseball in the nation's capital, team allegiances have started shifting. But where does one draw a line between ...
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A congressional committee will hold a hearing on a bill decriminalizing marijuana in D.C., raising fears that Republicans could attempt to overturn the measure. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said on Tuesday that the House Oversight and Go...
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Have you heard about possible changes to D.C. public school boundaries but don't really know how they would affect you? There's now an app that will help you make sense of it. Code for D.C., a group of hackers and programmers that take open data and create online tools for citizens, has rolled out OurDCSc...
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Cursing at a public official in Virginia isn't polite, nor is it legally sound. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a man has been fined for leaving a profane voicemail for Attorney General Mark Herring: ...
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The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced that on May 1 it will start issuing new driver's licenses and ID cards that comply with a federal law mandating increased security requirements. The announcement has provoked plenty of questions and somewhat alarmist headlines, especially concerning an apparent Octob...