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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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More on D.C. General Inside D.C. General: A Tour of the City's Largest Homeless Shelter ...
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A D.C. judge has dismissed charges against a Virginia man for taking photos of women's underwear while they sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, saying that he did not violate their privacy. In a September ruling first reported by ...
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The D.C. legislator charged with overseeing the city's elections board says that the way elections are conducted could be in for some changes in the future. "There needs to be a comprehensive evaluation and audit of the voting administration process to make sure that the mistakes that are made in the past... will not continue to happen in the future," said Council member Ken...
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Enrollment in the District's traditional public and public charter schools has increased again this year, according to initial tallies released by D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and the D.C. Public Charter School Board. In a tweet yesterday, Henderson said that enrollment in DCPS for the 2014-1...
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On July 17, the possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized in D.C. After that day, being caught with anything less than an ounce of pot would get you a $25 fine. But if you were stopped by police before that, you faced far worse: arrest, possible jail time a...
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Like in any other legislature, the D.C. Council takes up its share of controversial bills. Here, they include stadium financing proposals, gambling, changes to the tax code. And D.C.'s 90-year-old snow-shoveling law. Over the last five years, various attempts have been made to change the law that requires residents and businesses to shovel their walks after a snowstorm. Non...
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Affordable Housing on WAMU Can Affordable Housing Survive The Boom In Shaw? ...
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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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AG Candidates on The Politics Hour Karl Racine ...
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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 ...