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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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The fast-moving thunderstorm that swept across the region on Thursday afternoon may not have packed the same wallop as last year's derecho, but it still left thousands of residents across the region in the dark. As of Friday morning, over 6,000 customers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia remained without electricity. All told, 4,800 Pepco customers and 1,960 BG&E stil...
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D.C.'s population is growing—and it's getting younger and whiter in the process. A new report released by the U.S. Census found that while D.C.'s population grew from 619,020 to 632,323 residents in the year ending on July 1, 2012, the majority of that growth was in the number of white residents—from 262,041 to 271,323. At the same time, population growth among African-A...
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On Tuesday afternoon, a cyclist was attacked and beaten by a group of at least 15 juveniles as he pedaled home on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an eight-mile-long bike path connecting D.C. to Silver Spring. Now cycling advocates, police and residents are responding. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Ward 5 ANC Commiss...
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Almost 87 percent of students at 13 D.C. public schools closing this year have yet to re-enroll in receiving schools, testified D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson during a D.C. Council committee hearing yesterday. During the hearing, which focused on transitioning students and teachers from the closing schools to new public schools, Henderson said that re-enrollment was ...
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D.C.'s political world has been shaken by a string of scandals over the last three years. With all of the allegations, pleas, resignations, and special elections, it's sometimes difficult to keep track of which elected officials have been embroiled in some type of wrongdoing. Below is a primer on D.C.'s political scandals. CULPRITS Michael...
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Former D.C. Council member Michael Brown today pleaded guilty to one count of bribery, agreeing to serve 37 months in prison for taking $55,000 from federal agents posing as D.C. businessmen seeking preferential access to city contracts. According to a document laying out the government's case, Brown, 48, met with the undercover agents eight times between July 2012 and March...
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Capital Bikeshare has been a huge hit for commuters and cyclist in D.C., Arlington and Alexandria, but up until now, the Maryland suburbs have largely been left out of the popular bike-sharing program. By this summer, that will change. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has announced that it will expand C...
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In the wake of this week's news that another former D.C. legislator admitted to breaking the law, good government activists are renewing their call for the city's legislature to take more aggressive action on reforming campaign finance rules. In a statement, ...
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Though Frager's hardware store was destroyed by a four-alarm fire on Wednesday, the Capitol Hill institution will rise from the ashes this weekend only blocks from where it once stood. The store's garden center, which was left somewhat unscathed by the mass...
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Former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown has been charged with bribery for allegedly accepting $55,000 from federal agents posing as D.C. businessmen looking for help in winning city contracts. According to a criminal information filed this morning by U.S. Attorney for D.C. Ron Machen, Brown accepted the money starting in July 2012. In exchange for the money, Brown said h...
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A D.C. couple was robbed while eating in the outdoor area of a Logan Circle pizzeria in mid-May, and D.C. police are seeking assistance in finding the suspect. A video of the incident shows an African American man approach the couple as they sat at Pizzoli's Pizzeria on the 1400 block of 12th Street NW at 9:22 p.m. on May 17. He was armed with a handgun, and the couple was rob...
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Frager's hardware store on Capitol Hill was destroyed by a four-alarm fire last night, and it didn't take long for residents to pledge to help rebuild it. And even as firefighters keep working to douse remaining hot spots, fundraising efforts have b...
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HOW TO HELP Fundraising Efforts for Frager's D.C. firefighters battled a four-alarm fire at Frager's hardware store on Capitol Hill on Wednesday evening, with some 200 firefighters working to extinguish a blaze that ...
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On a beautiful Saturday morning in early June, 70 people huddled around their computers at Google's D.C. office. You could call them developers or programmers, but they didn't shy away from calling themselves hackers. But they’re not the type of computer hacker that you might know from popular culture—the renegade tech wizard bringing down the CIA’s website or stealin...
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In the wake of the fatal shooting of a taxicab driver in Adams Morgan, a Wednesday D.C. Council hearing on taxicabs turned to what the city can do to keep drivers safe. At the hearing, Council members Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) expressed concern that drivers are too vulnerable to crime while in their taxicabs. Graham cited the case of Solomon James Okoroh...
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D.C.'s park system ranks among the ten best in the country, according to a new report from the Trust for Public Land. The report put D.C.'s parks at sixth in the nation, behind first-place Minneapolis and New York, Boston, Sacramento, and San Francisco. D.C. has 7,679 acres of ...
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As Washington, D.C.'s population increases and the housing market picks up again, some of the city's long-time elderly residents run the risk of falling victim to increasing property taxes that they can't afford to pay. Now a group of D.C. legislators wants to help them. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) today introduced a bill that would exempt certain elderly residen...
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Ever dream of singing or strumming in front of thousands of daily commuters? Here's a chance. Metro is hosting auditions for its MetroPerforms! program this evening, allowing the more artistically inclined among us to try and convince transit officials that they should be given a chance t...
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D.C. Mayor Vince Gray has gone on record opposing a proposed moratorium on liquor licenses around the U Street NW. At Friday's Washington Blade LGBT Town Hall, Gray said that he didn't think that a moratorium for the nightlife destination was a good idea. "I don't support that. I don't know who's behind it, but I ...
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What's becoming one of the city's longest-running regulatory battles has just gotten a bit longer. A D.C. Council committee today rejected a proposed set of regulations for the city's growing network of food trucks, sending them back to the drawing board and further delaying a process that dates back to 2010. The regulations—already on their fourth draft—were s...