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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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D.C. mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser and David Catania may argue over plenty of things, but there is one thing they see eye to eye on: changes to the city's four-decade-old school boundaries and feeder patterns have to be put on hold. Following a statement by Catan...
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Schools Extending Their Days Aiton ES (Ward 7) Amidon ES (Ward 6) Drew ES (Ward 7) Kimball ES (Ward 7) Malcolm X ES (Ward 8) ML King ES (Ward 8) Patterson ES (Ward 8) Smothers ES (Ward 7)...
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D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan has asked a federal judge to reconsider his prior ruling that tossed out the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home. In a motion filed today, Nathan said that the late-July ruling by Judge Frederick Scullin contained a "numbe...
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D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate David Catania today rejected a proposal adopted by Mayor Vincent Gray that would redraw the city's school boundaries and reconfigure its feeder patterns. In a statement, Catania, who chairs the Council's committee on ...
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As students return to school today in D.C., the city's public school system has prepared a guide for teachers on how to lead discussions about Michael Brown, the 18-year-old whose shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri ...
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The leader of the D.C. Public Charter School Board is objecting to a provision in a broader plan to change the city's school boundaries that could affect what type of students charter schools admit. In a series of ...
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School Boundaries See the full plan here Mayor Vincent Gray today adopted recommendations for changes to the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns, but the fate of the politically sensi...
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With only hours until same-sex couples in Virginia could start getting married, the U.S. Supreme Court intervened Wednesday to put any unions on hold until justices could review a challenge from a county clerk in Prince William County. The move comes after a federal appeals court in Richmond ...
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Former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt, who oversaw the response to riots in Mt. Pleasant in 1991, today drew comparisons between what happened in D.C. and what's happening in Ferguson, Missouri. In an interview with WAMU 88.5, she urged politicians and police there to "own up to the co...
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With D.C. residents set to vote in November on a ballot initiative that would legalize the possession or marijuana, opposition to the measure is emerging — and it's being led by a 24-year-old. D.C. resident Will Jones III recently launched ...
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They're lovely little things, but according to a new report from the Department of Agriculture, kids cost a pretty penny. The report found that the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 for middle-income families in the U.S. hit $245,340 last year, up from $241,080 in 2012 and $198,560 in 1960. In 2013, not unlike 1960, a good chunk of that — 30 percent — went ...
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D.C. officials are asking a federal judge for more time so they can decide how to respond to a recent ruling overturning the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home, whether by appealing it or crafting a bill adapting to it. In a court filing submitted today, D.C. Attorney...
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The Transportation Safety Administration will take steps to train airport security officers to better recognize D.C. driver's licenses, according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. The ...
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D.C. By The Numbers is a series that uses numbers to highlight and explore exactly how D.C. does — and doesn't — work. Have a number to share? Get in touch. Every year, the Metropolitan Police Department publishes its annual report, in which the department summarizes crime trends and highlights new initiatives. The report cov...
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A woman struck by a truck in Chevy Chase as she rode her moped has died from her injuries. The incident took place at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Fessenden Street NW, across from the Engine 31 firehouse, at 8:30 a.m. The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she later died. A spokeswoman with the Metropolitan Police Department said the incident ...
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Attorney Alan Gura. The attorney who filed the lawsuit that recently led a federal judge to toss out D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns outside the home is asking that the city pay h...
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D.C. remains one of the last places in the country where tattoo artists and body piercers remain wholly unregulated, but a year-long attempt to change that has drawn complaints from practitioners that the city is trying to drive them out of business. Earlier this month, the D.C. Department of Health published a second draft of proposed regulations that would apply to tattoo ...
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Are you a D.C. resident that was born here? If so, you're in a distinct minority. In 2012, only 37 percent of the District's residents were born in the city, the third-lowest proportion in the entire country. In Nevada, only 25 percent of residents were born in the state, while in Florida 36 percent of residents were also born there. The findings come from U.S. Cen...
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Half of the minimum wage workers in D.C. will see their annual earnings increase by over $1,500 per year by 2016, the year that the city's minimum wage hits $11.50. The finding comes in an assessment from the Urban Institute on the minim...
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A new app that allows users to designate D.C. streets on a scale of how "sketchy" they are has drawn plenty of controversy since it launched — and some critics are fighting back with humor. The SketchFactor app lets its users submit in...