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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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Patricia Wilson has been a home health-care worker in D.C. for 18 years and says that the low wages she has been paid have been the cause of a number of financial difficulties she's suffered, including being evicted from one home. And she's not alone, she says. "Home care workers and fellow employees of mine have lost vehicles, have gotten bad credit scores, have lost homes,...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed exempting the footage from body-worn cameras that close to 3,000 D.C. police officers will soon be outfitted with from the city's open records law, a move that critics say blunts the impact the cameras can have in helping the public keep police accountable. In budget legislation submitted to the D.C. Council earlier this month, Bowser as...
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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine says he'll fight a proposal by Mayor Muriel Bowser to strip his new office of its authority to review big city contracts and land deals.Last week Bowser asked the D.C. Council to approve legislation that would transfer authority...
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Last weekend's killing of Walter Scott, the black South Carolina man who was shot multiple times as he ran away from a white police officer, has again provoked a national debate over police tactics and race relations. Activists have renewed their calls police officers to be outfitted ...
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Metro Connection Segments Keeping The Faith: Black Catholic Church Looks Back On 95 Years In Ward 8 ...
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D.C. has long had tenant-friendly laws, but tenant advocates argue that they're no good if renters are not aware of them. That will soon change. Last week, the D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate published a "Tenant Bill of Rights" that landlords will be required to give to all potential renters laying out D.C. law and regulations on everything from lease and security deposit...
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As part of her 2016 budget, Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed targeted tax increases to help fund homeless services and the city's payment to Metro. In the $13 billion budget unveiled on Thursday, Bowser proposed raising the sales from 5.75 to 6 percent and the parking tax from 18 to 22 percent. Together, the tax hikes would bring i...
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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced this week that he was dropping an appeal of a 2014 ruling that overturned the city's ban on carrying handguns in public, but insisted that he would fight two other challenges to the new law that allows residents to apply for concealed carry permits. In July, a federal judge ...
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The District has deputy mayors for education, public safety, economic development, and human services. On Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser added one more to the mix, creating a new Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity that she said would focus on struggling areas of the city. During a town hall meeting in Anacostia, Bowser announced that she was appointing Courtney Sn...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser today banned government employees and officials from traveling to Indiana, joining a number of cities and states have imposed similar bans in the wak...
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More on Pop-Ups What's Up With Pop-Ups? Here's A Primer On A Debate That's Reaching New Heights ...
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More on D.C. Marijuana Here's Just About Everything You Need To Know About Pot Legalization In D.C. ...
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Potential Republican presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) has introduced a bill that would undo the District's gun laws and largely restrict the ability of city legislators to pass future laws restricting gun ownership. The Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015, which Rubio co-introduced with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Oh.) on Thursday, would shoot down D.C.'s gun regi...
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The National Park Service is looking for a few brave Border Collies to take on a winged threat to the National Mall: the Canada goose. This week, the Park Service put out a contract seeking "goose harassment services," or, more specifically, someone with specially trained Border Collies that can succes...
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Just how far can a state go in limiting what goes on a license plate? That question was at issue this week in the Supreme Court, where the nine justices heard arguments on a case involving Texas rejecting a speciality license plate design i...
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Spring means warmer weather, longer days and more tourists in Washington. But this year it won't just be the cherry blossoms sprouting — new security measures will also be popping up at two local destinations. Within the next two weeks, both Nationals Park and the National Zoo will be implementing new security measures — metal detectors at all entrances to the baseball s...
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Over the last seven years of mayoral control, D.C. has closed dozens schools, citing lagging enrollment. But in the upcoming academic year, D.C. Public Schools will reverse course and instead open four schools — including two that had been closed during a prior round of citywide consolidations. The news comes as Chancellor Kaya Henderson ...
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More on Affordable Housing The Rent In D.C. Is Too Damn High, And The New Residents Might Be To Blame ...
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D.C. officials are reviewing the city's relationship with a nonprofit organization that has been accused of overbilling the city and potentially breaking the law in the management of two contracts worth more than $80 million for services to homeless residents. "We know there’s a problem here, and understanding the problem and defining the problem is the path we need to tak...
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The Metropolitan Police Department is quietly expanding a body-worn camera program, further moving towards equipping officers with a tool that has become a central focus of a police accountability movement that grew in the wake of the death of two black men in Missouri and New York at the hands of police last year. In documents submitted to the D.C. Council, MPD says that a ...