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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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What does a new headquarters for the FBI have to do with the fight for D.C. statehood? To most people, not much. But to one D.C. attorney, it's leverage. Johnny Barnes, a former head of the ACLU of the Nation's Capital and a longtime statehood advocate, announced over the weekend that he ...
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Metro Connection Segments Why Did African Americans Leave Georgetown? ...
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D.C. has speed cameras and red light cameras, crime cameras, and license plate-reading cameras. And starting next week, you can add body-worn cameras to that list. Mayor Vincent Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier today announced that 160 officers will take part in a six-month, $1 million pilot program during which they will test five type...
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The D.C. Council today unanimously passed an emergency bill that allows residents to carry concealed handguns, reversing a decades-old ban that was tossed out by a federal judge in July. Under the ...
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The debate over a bill that would allow D.C. residents to carry concealed handguns hasn't yet taken place, but some legislators are already expressing uncertainty and concern over the measure. Meeting at their annual monthly breakfast this morning, various members of the D.C. Council raised questions on the ...
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Today the D.C. Council will debate a bill that would allow residents to do something they haven't been permitted to do in decades: carry a handgun outside their home. The bill, jointly authored by Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chair Phil Mendelson, comes in ...
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D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) expressed skepticism over a city-led review that found that D.C. could not have prevented the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, the 8-year-old who went missing from the D.C. General homeless shelter in February. Speaking du...
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On the same day that D.C. officials announced emergency legislation that will allow residents to carry handguns outside their homes, a federal judge denied the city's request for a longer stay of the late-July ruling that tossed out the city's ban on carrying guns....
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By late October, D.C. residents will be able to do something that they've been prohibited from doing for over 80 years: carry a handgun outside their homes. The change comes as the D.C. Council prepares to take up emergency legislation that would allow residents to carry concealed handguns, a bill forced by the ...
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Opponents of a ballot initiative that would legalize the possession of marijuana and allow D.C. residents to grow up to six plants in their homes have launched a campaign against the measure, and are urging residents to vote it down on Nov. 4. Speaking in ...
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After the U.S. House of Representatives debated a D.C. statehood bill in 1992, the measure made it out of committee before being killed during a vote on the House floor. But a statehood bill debated yesterday in the U.S. Senate may not even make it out of committee — despite Democrats controlling the chamber. D.C. officials and advocates on Monday made their pleas to the S...
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This afternoon, a Senate committee will hold a hearing on a bill that would grant statehood to the District of Columbia...
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D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser has agreed to participate in four debates ahead of the Nov. 4 election. In a press release from her campaign, Bowser said she would take part in the following debates: Sept. 18 at American University, ...
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The attorney fighting a D.C. ban on carrying handguns outside the home today termed as "frivolous" a request from the city that a judge reconsider a ruling tossing out the ban. In a motion, attorney Alan Gura said that Judge Frederick Scullin should reject D.C.'s request for a reconsiderat...
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On any normal Friday, students in Joe Talarico's AP English Literature at the Columbia Heights Education Campus could expect to discuss Antigone or The Great Gatsby. But on the Friday before the Labor Day weekend, they were asked to reflect on something different: the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. And it wa...
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A D.C. public schools teacher will apologize for assigning students to compare and contrast President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler. The parent of a sixth grader at McKinley Middle School in Northeast D.C. yesterday posted an image of the assignment, which included a Venn diagram with Bush and Hitler's name above the two circles. "Now that we have read about two men of pow...
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A chorus of officials from across the region said today that they support a bid for the 2024 summer Olympic Games, jumping behind an effort being led by a group of local business leaders. After hearing from the co-chairs of the Washington 2024 committee this afternoon during a session of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments...
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In the wake of a report from the D.C. Inspector General that criticized the city's aggressive ticketing of parking and moving violations, D.C. legislators say they are open to tweaks to make the system fairer to motorists. But as for the city's many speed cameras — t...
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If you've got a bone to pick with how D.C. hands out parking, speeding and red light-running tickets, you may have a new ally: the D.C. Inspector General. In a lengthy report published today, D.C. Inspector General Blanche L. Bruce critici...