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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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Should legal residents who are not citizens be allowed to vote in local elections? Voting and jury duty are two hallmarks of U.S. citizenship, but on...
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Unorthodox campaign, unorthodox campaign contributions. A D.C. group looking to legalize marijuana via a ballot initiative next November is accepting campaign contributions made with bitcoin, an electronic form of currency popular among tech circles. With the move, the group, known as the ...
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Nine newly-hired paramedics will begin work with D.C. Fire and EMS today. The paramedics were hired in an effort to address a shortage that has led to slow responses in some medical emergencies. This is the second time in recent months that the D.C. fire department has hired single-purpose paramedics to address an ongoing shortage in the city. In recent months, the department ...
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A roof over Nationals Park? Probably not going to happen, at least not with taxpayer funds. In mid-July the owner of the Washington Nationals met with Mayor Vincent Gray to ask that the city spend $300 million to build a roof over Nationals Park, a request that Gray quickly shot down. The news of the request by owner Ted Lerner was ...
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The fleet of 369 fire trucks, ambulances and other vehicles used by D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services is in "overall poor condition," according to a 200-page audit commissioned by the department in late July and published this week. The request for the exte...
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D.C. has long used cameras to catch motorists who speed or run red lights, but now the city is rolling them out to catch violations of more, well, pedestrian violations. The new cameras — dozens of them posted throughout the city as part of the D.C. Streetsafe program — will dole out fines for drivers who run stop signs, drive...
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Say goodbye to dim station lighting and ratty carpet in trains. Metro announced today that it would install brighter lights in all of the system's underground stations after successful test runs at the Judiciary Square, Gallery Place, Bethesda, Metro Center and Smithsonian stations. ...
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April’s D.C. mayoral primary will be mostly about Democrats, but non-Democrats in D.C. will be represented too. Both the Republican and Libertarian parties now have mayoral candidates to call their own: yesterday Bruce Majors declared his run on the Libertarian ticket, while last week James Caviness announced he would carry ...
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D.C. Fire and EMS is considering encrypting its radio broadcasts starting in 2014, said Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander this morning. Quander said that he was debating the move in the wake of September's Navy Yard shootings, though he did not specify how the response to that incident was affected by ...
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It was attempted in the 1950s and 1970s, but much like back then, a recent effort to amend the 100-year-old law governing building heights in D.C. has failed. On Tuesday night members of the National Capital Planning Commission voted to scrap a proposal that would have allowed buildings outside of downtown D.C. to ...
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Mayor Vincent Gray may be onboard with changing the century-old law that limits how tall buildings in D.C. can be, but the D.C. Council certainly isn't. Today Council Chair Phil Mendelson introduced a Sense of the Council resolution backed by 11 of his 12 colleagues opposing any changes to the 1910 Heigh...
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Wedding bells rang today at the John A. Wilson Building. At noon Mayor Vincent Gray officiated the wedding ceremony of Rob Robertson and Carlos Taylor. According to an administration official, Robertson and Taylor, both D.C. residents, were introduced to Gray by Peter Rosenstein, a prominent gay activist and mayoral ally. "The mayor was partly responsible for getti...
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A pair of Walmart stores will open in D.C. on Dec. 4, the first of six stores planned by the Arkansas-based retailer in the city. One of the stores will be located on Georgia Avenue near the intersection with Missouri Avenue NW in Ward 4, while the other will be at the corner of H Street and New Jersey Avenue NW in Ward 6. The openings will come after years after t...
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A federal panel is proposing that Congress not change the 100-year-old law governing how tall buildings can get in downtown D.C., but also suggests that it allow some flexibility in building heights in other parts of town. ...
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With all votes counted in Virginia, Democrat Mark Herring leads Republican Mark Obenshain by the narrowest of margins in the fight to become Virginia's next attorney general: 163 votes. The Virginia State Board of Elections reported on Tuesday evening that Herring's lead had dropped from 117 to 106 votes, but The Washington Post ...
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Ron Kirby, a longtime transportation planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, was found shot dead in his Alexandria home on Monday. Ron Kirby was shot several times; a relative found his body inside his home early yesterday afternoon. Alexandria police have not made any arrests and are remaining mum on potential suspects. Kirby was the he...
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As of Tuesday morning, Mark Herring, the Democratic contender for Virginia attorney general, leads Republican state Senator Mark Obenshain by only 117 votes. That's a slight change from Monday, when Obenshain was ahead — by a mere 17 votes. By Tuesday afternoon election boards across Virginia have to turn in their final tallies, ahead of a possible recount of the votes. Bu...
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D.C.'s campaign season officially kicked off today as contenders picked up petitions to get themselves on the ballot for next April's primary. Among the contenders for the city's top job are two new hopefuls — a local restaurateur and a longtime city politician. Andy Shallal, who owns the Busboys and Poets chain of restaurants in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, announced on ...
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You can call teenagers lots of things, but you can’t accuse those in Takoma Park of being civic slackers. Turnout among 16- and 17-year-olds in Tuesday’s election for mayor and Council members was four times higher than overall turnout, according to Jessie Carpenter, Takoma Park’s City Clerk. The election was the first time in history that the franchise had been extend...