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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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Last September, the D.C. Department of Transportation started a round of public discussions on a proposed north-south streetcar route that would run nine miles between Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. ...
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If there's one thing smartphone-based car-hailing service Uber is used to, it's legal and political battles. And there's been plenty of them in the region. Last week, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles ordered Uber and fellow ridesharing service Lyft to ...
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Carol Schwartz ran for D.C. mayor in 1986, 1994, 1998, and 2002, and today she made a surprising announcement: She's vying for the city's highest office once again. In a statement mailed to reporters, Schwartz, who also served as a Republican on the D.C. Council from 1985 to 1989 and 1997 to 2008, says that she jumping into the mayoral contest due to her concerns with how th...
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The timeline for the start of streetcar service along H Street and Benning Road NE has shifted again, and the D.C. Department of Transportation now says that the trolleys will run by the end of 2014. Last year D.C. officials promised service by the end of 2013, then early 2014, and this April said that service could start by late summer or early fall. But this week those off...
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Sales Tax Expansion Water consumption for home Storage of household goods/mini storage Carpet and upholstery cleaning Health clubs and tanning studios Car washes Bowling alleys and billiard parlors If you're a yoga fanatic and hav...
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At Wednesday's biweekly press conference with Mayor Vincent Gray, the big news was Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall, who came out at an LGBTQ Pride Day event held for students. Gray also took the opportunity to offer his thoughts on a number of current issues, from streetcar fu...
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After months of uncertainty, today the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that voters should for the first time elect an attorney general in 2014, reversing a move by the D.C. Council to delay the election until 2018. The battle isn't yet over, though — an appeal will be filed. The decision published today seemed to settle a legal back-and-forth over the meaning and intent of the...
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As hundreds of students gathered in the atrium of Wilson's High School today for LGBTQ Pride Day earlier today, they were treated to an unexpected announcement: popular principal Pete Cahall told them he was gay. “I want to say publicly for the first time because of your leadership, care and support that I am a proud gay man who just happens to be the principal of Wilson H...
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In late May, Mayor Vincent Gray sent the D.C. Council a package of details and legislation needed for the construction of a proposed 20,000-seat stadium for D.C. United at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. The broad outline of the deal were ...
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Necessity is the mother of invention, and in the case of a Capitol Hill family, the need to get their daughter to and from school spawned a bike accessory that has drawn the ire of Capital Bikeshare, the region's popular bike-sharing network. Last year, Crispen Wilson created a children's bike seat that easily and quickly attaches to the downtube of Capital Bikeshare's hefty...
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Today, former D.C. Council candidate Kelvin Robinson pleaded guilty to taking $33,000 in illicit campaign contributions from D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson. Robinson is...
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Passenger ferries in Baltimore and Alexandria are set to receive millions in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation. In Baltimore, the city's Department of Transportation will be getting $854,130 to continue the Charm City Circulator Harbor Connector, which connects Harbor View wit...
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There's no shortage of traffic in downtown D.C. during the week, and planners are floating a means to better control it: A congestion charge. The idea is included in a a draft version of the moveDC report, a longterm multimodal transportation plan being put together by the D.C. Department of Transportation. Along with a bevy of initiati...
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The D.C. Department of Health is adding new six qualifying conditions to the list of conditions that allows residents to obtain medical marijuana. According to rules that took effect today, the department is adding decompensated cirrhosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, Cachexia or wasting syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease, and seizure disorders to the list of qualifying conditions. Me...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside D.C. General: A Tour of the City's Largest Homeless Shelter ...
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Funding is being slashed for a future D.C. streetcar system that would stretch from Benning Road west to Georgetown and from Anacostia north to Takoma. The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave initial approval to a budget that scales back Mayor Vincent Gray's ambitious plan to spend close to $900 million dollars over the next six years on streetcars. Instead, Council Chair Phil Me...
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This post has been updated D.C.'s planned streetcar system might have less money than expected for future construction, prompting warnings from Mayor Vincent Gray that lines could be delayed and cost more than expected. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced yesterday that he was proposing cutting the capital funds set aside by Gray for streetcars ...
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Update, 4:30 p.m.: The Council approved the budget and, by extension, the changes to the tax code. If you think too much of your paycheck goes to D.C. coffers, you might have some relief coming — today the D.C. Council will debate a bevy of changes to the city's tax code, including an overall decrease in income tax rates. Under the propo...
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A Maryland woman has pleaded guilty to renting out a Prince George's County home she did not own. State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said today that 31-year-old Shannon Lee pleaded guilty to one charge of second-degree burglary. According to Alsobrooks, Lee rented out a home in Cheltenham that was vacant and going through the foreclosure process. Below are all the ...