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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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A new study from the Urban Institute comparing the underground sex economy in eight major U.S. cities found that residents and visitors in and around D.C. spent $103 million on prostitution, erotic massages and escort services in 2007, down substantially from $155 million in 2003. The study, which relied ...
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Read the full version of Mayor Vincent Gray's State of the District address, including the portion where he directly addresses claims that he participated in the illegal 2010 shadow campaign orchestrated by Jeffrey Thompson....
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The afternoon school bell may ring a little later for some D.C. public school students starting in the next academic year. As part of the city's 2015 budget, Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson want to dramatically expand a pilot program that allows low-performing schools to extend their school days. Most D.C. public schools operate...
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The D.C. Board of Elections ruled today that an initiative that would legalize the possession of marijuana is allowed to appear on the November ballot. In its order, the board ruled that the initiative — which would still need more than 25,000 signatures from residents to get on...
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Related Content On Day That Thompson Pleads Guilty, Feds Say Gray Knew Of Shadow Campaign Statement of Offenses for Jeffrey Thompson...
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On the same day that D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson pleaded guilty to masterminding shadow campaigns that helped local and federal candidates to the tune of over $2 million over six years, federal prosecutors claimed in open court that Mayor Vincent Gray — whose 2010 cam...
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Related Content Machen: Thompson Pleas 'Only Tip Of The Iceberg' Statement of Offenses for Jeffrey Thompson ...
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Federal prosecutors are in the final stages of negotiating a plea deal with Jeffrey Thompson, the D.C. businessman accused of illegally funneling campaign contributions to Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign. ...
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The D.C. agency responsible for the city's public housing and housing voucher programs says it is still working its way through how to balance city laws that are becoming more permissive on marijuana and federal ones that continue to see it as an illegal drug. In a letter to the D.C. Board of Elections, D.C. Housing Authority interim general counsel Ken Slaughter wrote that ...
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The D.C. Council has passed a bill decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana and Mayor Vincent Gray has said he will sign it, but it'll still be some time before the measure actually takes effect. Like any other law passed by the Council, Con...
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D.C. officials say that more than 17,000 students used a new common lottery to apply for public and charter school seats for the coming school year. The new lottery, My School D.C., was unveiled in December as a means to ...
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During the winter, snow isn't the only white stuff that you can find on the ground. There's also salt. Road salt is used to expedite the melting snow and ice and ease peoples' commute to work. But the amount of salt that coats the region's roads invariably ends up in local waterways, where it can affect aquatic life, say environmental advocates. "It definitely has ...
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President Barack Obama visited Powell Elementary School in Petworth this morning, where he toured a classroom and delivered remarks on his 2015 budget proposal. In the speech, Obama touted his $3.9 trillion budget, which he said would help bolster the economy by directing more money to road-building and education. "As a country, we've got to make a decision if we'r...
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D.C. officials are opening a public library and various recreation centers for use as warming centers and shelters for the homeless tonight, when temperatures are expected to dip into the single digits. The West End Library and Sherwood Recreation Center on Capitol Hill will open at 7 p.m. for use as warming centers, and will remain open until 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Du...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has written a letter to the Transportation Security Administration complaining of an incident in which a D.C. resident was initially denied access through an airport security checkpoint because a TSA officer did not recognize her city-issued driver's license. The incident, first ...
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Enrollment in D.C. traditional and public charter schools increased by three percent in the 2013-2014 school year, the fifth consecutive year of growth in the city's school system. As in years past, enrollment in charter schools grew more aggressively, increasing by 1,891 students to 36,565 — a five percent jump. Enrollment in D.C. public schools grew by two percent, with ...
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WAMU's Mayoral Debate Full video of the debate Live-blog of the debate ...
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Additional Coverage Analysis on Mayoral Poll by WAMU's Patrick Madden The Full Results of the Poll ...
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D.C. By The Numbers is a month-long series that will use numbers to highlight and explore exactly how D.C. does — and doesn't — work. Have a number to share? Get in touch. Today, D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe will appear before the D.C. Council for an oversight hearing on the department's performance during the 2013 fiscal ...