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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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When they started looking for a preschool for their three-year-old son last year, Genevieve Martinez and her husband did what many parents in D.C. find themselves doing: research. Unhappy with their assigned public school, the Columbia Heights couple opted to apply for out-of-boundary public schools and charter schools. They attended open houses, perused the tables at a charte...
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Despite recent testing gains, educational achievement in the region remains distinctly unequal — and the gap between low-income students and their higher-income counterparts isn't narrowing. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that while reading proficiency among fourt...
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Rep. Trey Radel, the Florida Republican caught buying cocaine in Dupont Circle last October, will resign from the House of Representatives. Politico reported this morning that Radel, who received...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a bill raising the city's minimum wage to $11.50 by 2016. The bill, which was unanimously passed by the D.C. Council in late November, comes amid a growing national debate over the minimum wage. Facing the prospects of Congress ...
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A federal spending bill set to be approved by Congress today would spare D.C. from any government shutdowns through 2015. The provision in the 1,500-page-long bill would allow D.C. to spend locally raised funds throughout the 2015 fiscal year, allowing it to continue operating even if the federal government shuts down as it did in October. Though the majority of D.C.'s budge...
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Mayor Vincent Gray is polling at twice his closest competitor in the Democratic mayoral primary, according to a new poll published today by The Washington Post. Regardless, his marc...
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D.C.'s population has been on the rise in recent years, and those new residents could require additional police officers to keep them safe, according to D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. "We've been able to introduce some technology that makes us more efficient at what we do, but the increase in residents — we're getting about 1,000 new residents a month — it does increase...
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Chiquita Garris walked from booth to booth in a cavernous hall at the Washington Convention Center during Saturday's D.C. Education Festival, speaking to teachers, administrators and volunteers from charter and public schools from across D.C. The fact-finding mission was meant to serve a purpose: her daughter is ready to enter high school, but Garri...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Neither Pacman nor Peso had ever been far from D.C., but in December the young rappers ...
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A license plate isn't merely a means to identify cars, but also a way to express a state's particular identity. And according to a survey from one insurance company, some states do better in expressing those identities in an attractive way. The survey from CarInsurance.com ranked state license pl...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has introduced a bill that would scrap the usual congressional review of laws passed by the D.C. Council and signed by the mayor. Under her bill, Congress would no longer have 30 days (or 60 days in the case of laws amending the criminal code) to review and disapprove of laws passed by the Council. Instead, D.C. would gain what's known as "leg...
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The fight among Democrats who want to be D.C.'s next mayor is looking to be an intense — and crowded — affair, with nine candidates having submitted the necessary number of signatures on nominating petitions by yesterday's deadline. Along with incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray, four members of the D.C. Council turned in their petitions: Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Muriel Bowser (D...
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Does D.C. need Congressional approval for budget autonomy? As of New Year's Day, D.C. gained a measure of flexibility in spending its own money. B...
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D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) is asking the director of the Department of Health to expand the list of medical conditions that would allow a resident to legally use medical marijuana. In a letter to acting director Joxel Garcia, Grosso writes that the existing limits on who can get medical marijuana leaves out residents who suffer from other serious condition...
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D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services has implemented a new policy limiting what firefighters and emergency responders can post to social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, a move that some say is aimed at silencing critics of a department that has seen its share of troubles over th...
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D.C. police are investigating the stabbing of five people at an Adams Morgan nightclub early on New Year's Day. In a message posted on a community listserv, police say that they found four people — three men and one woman — suffering from stab wounds that may have come from a fight at the District nightclub on 18th Street NW, where a number of bars, restaurants and clubs...
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With the holidays past and a New Year upon us, candidates for elected office in D.C. and Maryland are ramping up for an election year that will see pitched battles for the top leadership slots in both places. In D.C., candidates for the April 1 primary — when everything from the mayor's office to various seats on the D.C. Council will be up for grabs — have until tomorro...
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D.C. and Virginia politicians may not have much in common, but they did share one inglorious trait in 2013: plenty of them got stuck in scandals. For yet another year, D.C.'s politicians had trouble escaping the cloud of corruption that has hung over the city since 2011. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign ...
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It wasn't just another year of the usual vehicular gridlock in the region — there was plenty of that, of course, more than in most of the country — but a number of mass transit projects also seemed to be stuck with little sense of when they'd get to their final destination. Tr...
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A new report from the D.C. Inspector General finds that management failures and higher-than-usual requests for sick leave were to blame for the shortages that left D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services without personnel and equipment to adequately respond to emergencies on New Year's Eve 2012. According to the report, 197 of the 449 firefighters and emergency responders t...