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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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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...
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Cleveland Park residents and businesses have been mostly divided over the fate of a service lane running along Connecticut Avenue for years, but this week the D.C. Department of Transportation said that it would not turn the lane into a wide sidewalk as part of a bro...
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In D.C., turning 18 means you can legally vote, enlist and buy cigarettes. But now one D.C. legislator wants to put tobacco a little further out of reach for those crossing the milestone. D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) says that on Tuesday he will introduce a bill that would increase the minimum age for tobacco purchases to 21, putting it alongside the legal ...
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More sidewalk space in Cleveland Park could mean fewer parking spaces. Residents and businesses in Cleveland Park are divided over the fate of a service lane that separates a block of restaurants and stores from Connecticut Avenue –some argue that it provides much-needed parking spots and others say it shortchanges pedestrians by forcing them onto a narrow sidewalk. ...
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D.C. officials may want to see taller buildings sprout up throughout the city, but some residents aren't so convinced. At a D.C. Council hearing today residents and historic preservation organizations expressed their outright opposition to any changes to the 100-year-old law limiting the heights of buildings in the city. To them, D.C.'s low-slung buildings have helped create t...
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It's been 50 years since D.C.'s extensive streetcar network was dismantled, and there's a delay standing in the way of its planned revival on H Street NE. Officials with the D.C. Department of Transportation confirmed today that the rollout of the two-mile line has been delayed until early 2014. While city leaders had long promised that the streetcars would roll again before...
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Soon it won't only be the Washington Monument that's covered in scaffolding. Starting in November, a two-year, $60 million restoration project will conceal the U.S. Capitol behind scaffolding, allowing workers to repair up to 1,000 cracks and other deficiencies in the iconic cast iron dome. According to the Arc...
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The District's health insurance exchange website has drawn thousands of visitors since launching on Oct. 1, though few residents have purchased insurance plans so far. As of Monday, 12,294 people created accounts on D.C. Health Link, the website created as part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, according to the ...
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Virginia's gubernatorial race has been marked by negative attacks between Democratic contender Terry McAuliffe and Republican hopeful Ken Cuccinelli, so much so that the Richmond Times-Dispatch, one of the commonwealth's largest newspapers, opted to endorse no one ahead of the Nov. 5 election. In an ...
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Throughout the government shutdown, D.C. officials loudly complained that their budget was unfairly being held hostage by debates they had no say in. But as part of the agreement that ended the shutdown on Wednesday night, D.C. is being given the authority to spend money from its 2014 budget, regardless of whether the federal government is open or not. The agreement passed b...
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The D.C. government announced today that it will collect trash at national parks within city limits that have been closed by the federal government shutdown. Close to 90 percent of D.C.'s parkland is owned and operated by the federal government, which means that technically access to the public has been limited and services are not being provided during the shutdown. ...
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Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe holds a five-point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the race for Virginia's top elected office, according to two new polls. The polls, one by the Hampton University Center for Public Policy and the other by the ...