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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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With an ongoing transition in New York City, plenty of rumors have emerged as to who will lead up important agencies for mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. There's one person that can probably be crossed off the list for the City's top schools job: D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. In a letter to Central Office employees on Friday morning, Henderson said while she's had discu...
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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) is taking on a new challenge today: he says he'll live off of what minimum wage workers make for a week. Wells, who is also running for mayor, will announce this afternoon that he'll keep himself to a budget that aligns with the city's minimum hourly wage of $8.25. That means that he'll spend only $98.28 on food and transportation, ...
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It's natural to be slightly nervous when a police car pulls up alongside you in traffic, and even more natural to feel relieved when it drives away. But with a tool being used by the Metropolitan Police Department, an officer doesn't even need to look you up to see if you've done anything wrong — a little camera mounted on the back of their cruiser will do it for them. D.C...
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With anywhere between four and six inches of snow expected today through 2 p.m., local school districts and the federal government have announced that they are closed. None of public school systems in or around D.C. are open today (most D.C. charter schools are closed too...
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One of the remaining questions marks in D.C. politics was whether Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) would run for a fifth term. Today he answered that question: he's in. Speaking on NewsChannel 8's NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt this morning, Graham said that he was again motivated to serve his constituents. "Ultimately I couldn't walk away from the opportunity for service," ...
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The season's first winter blast coated area roads with ice on Sunday evening, forcing closures of many local schools and putting others on a two-hour delay. Here's the updated list of what's open and what's not in the region. Closed: Loudoun County public schools, Fairfax County public schools, Fauquier County public schools, Prince William County public sch...
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In the wake of Nelson Mandela's passing on Thursday, books of condolences are being placed at two sites in Washington, where the public is encouraged to leave messages for the legendary South African leader. One book will be located at the South African Embassy, 3051 Massachusetts Ave. NW, and will be open daily for signing from today through Tuesday between the hours of 10 ...
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That Georgetown doesn't have a Metro station has always been the source of a longstanding urban myth. The residents of the tony Northwest neighborhood rejected a station when Metro was first built, goes the myth, because they feared it would allow the city's riff-raff to bring their troublemaking ways to the peaceful area. Not only is that false — it was largely the neighb...
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Add one more to the list: D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At Large) has created an exploratory committee for a possible independent mayoral run in November's general election. Catania's intentions were ...
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As New York City mayor-elect Bill De Blasio prepares to take office, his transition team has been hard at work identifying people to head up some of the city's most important agencies. When it comes to the city's public school system, the names of two D.C.-area officials have been floated as possible contenders. According to ...
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It's well known that proximity to Washington has made both Maryland and Virginia heavily reliant on government dollars, facilities and agencies for jobs, but a new report quantifies that reliance. According to the report (here in PDF) published by George Mason University's Mercatus Cente...
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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 ...