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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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A Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on a bill that would grant statehood to the District of Columbia, the first open debate on a statehood measure in Congress in over two decades. The hearing will take pla...
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Advocates for the homeless in D.C. say that a city-led review of the case of an 8-year-old who was taken from the D.C. General shelter earlier this year raises as many questions as it answers, notably on whether staff legally required to report possible abuse actually did...
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Mayor Vincent Gray's former campaign driver today pleaded guilty to a campaign finance charge, proving that the long-running investigation into Gray's troubled mayoral effort continues. Mark Long, who chauffeured Gray around D.C. during the campaign, pleaded guilty to one charge of concealing campaign contributions from city regulators. He could face up to one year in prison...
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Click to see the interactive map from the Urban Institute. During the 2011-12 school year, gunshot...
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Six months after 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was last seen alive, a review of her case has concluded that while numerous city agencies failed to take note of the difficult circumstances she was living in, there was little that could have been done to prevent ...
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The number of homeless families in D.C. is expected to jump 16 percent this winter, further straining the city's capacity to house them during the coldest days of the season. According to the Interagency Council on Homelessness' winter plan, which is set to be voted on today, 840 families are expected to seek emergency shelter during the upco...
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Another person is going to jail for conspiring with D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson to violate campaign finance laws. On Thursday, former D.C. Council candidate Jeff Smith was sentenced to 60 days in jail for illegally taking $140,000 in campaign contributions from Thompson, a well-connected businessman and city contractor. Smith took the money during his long 2010 campaig...
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For Bradley Graham, co-owner of Politics & Prose, the last few months have been a bit of a blur. "All in all, we’ve ordered more than 220 titles that have totaled more than 17,000 books," he says. Graham has reason to be busy: He's preparing the local institution for a very national stage. On Saturday, the store will serve as the official bookseller for the ...
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D.C. mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser and David Catania may argue over plenty of things, but there is one thing they see eye to eye on: changes to the city's four-decade-old school boundaries and feeder patterns have to be put on hold. Following a statement by Catan...
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Schools Extending Their Days Aiton ES (Ward 7) Amidon ES (Ward 6) Drew ES (Ward 7) Kimball ES (Ward 7) Malcolm X ES (Ward 8) ML King ES (Ward 8) Patterson ES (Ward 8) Smothers ES (Ward 7)...
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D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan has asked a federal judge to reconsider his prior ruling that tossed out the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home. In a motion filed today, Nathan said that the late-July ruling by Judge Frederick Scullin contained a "numbe...
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D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate David Catania today rejected a proposal adopted by Mayor Vincent Gray that would redraw the city's school boundaries and reconfigure its feeder patterns. In a statement, Catania, who chairs the Council's committee on ...
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As students return to school today in D.C., the city's public school system has prepared a guide for teachers on how to lead discussions about Michael Brown, the 18-year-old whose shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri ...
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The leader of the D.C. Public Charter School Board is objecting to a provision in a broader plan to change the city's school boundaries that could affect what type of students charter schools admit. In a series of ...
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School Boundaries See the full plan here Mayor Vincent Gray today adopted recommendations for changes to the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns, but the fate of the politically sensi...
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With only hours until same-sex couples in Virginia could start getting married, the U.S. Supreme Court intervened Wednesday to put any unions on hold until justices could review a challenge from a county clerk in Prince William County. The move comes after a federal appeals court in Richmond ...
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Former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt, who oversaw the response to riots in Mt. Pleasant in 1991, today drew comparisons between what happened in D.C. and what's happening in Ferguson, Missouri. In an interview with WAMU 88.5, she urged politicians and police there to "own up to the co...
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With D.C. residents set to vote in November on a ballot initiative that would legalize the possession or marijuana, opposition to the measure is emerging — and it's being led by a 24-year-old. D.C. resident Will Jones III recently launched ...
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They're lovely little things, but according to a new report from the Department of Agriculture, kids cost a pretty penny. The report found that the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 for middle-income families in the U.S. hit $245,340 last year, up from $241,080 in 2012 and $198,560 in 1960. In 2013, not unlike 1960, a good chunk of that — 30 percent — went ...
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D.C. officials are asking a federal judge for more time so they can decide how to respond to a recent ruling overturning the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home, whether by appealing it or crafting a bill adapting to it. In a court filing submitted today, D.C. Attorney...