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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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Former D.C Mayor Vincent Gray appears headed back to the D.C. Council after winning his primary race Tuesday. And when the new Council meets next year, Mayor Muriel Bowser will have fewer allies to work with. An emotional Gray arrived at his victory party in his home district of Ward 7 saying he felt vindicated. “I feel absolutely wonderful," Gray said. "I feel...
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A glitch in the mobile app used by the D.C. Board of Elections has resulted in some voters seeing unexpected changes in their party affiliation, forcing them to cast special ballots in the city's closed primary taking place today. Ward 1 resident Jeremy Koulish recently used the election board's official app — ...
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Next month, the D.C. Council is expected to give final approval to a bill that will raise the minimum wage in D.C. to $15 by 2020. The bill also gives a raise to tipped restaurant workers, increasing their hourly pay from $2.77 to $5 over the same time period. But that won't be the end o...
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"This is a Twitter town," says one of our Episode 3 guests about Washington. When it comes to information about Metro, there are several ways to get it on the popular social media platform. We talk to three civic hackers who use WMATA's open data sources to share information about delays, accidents and more. What about people who don't speak English? HollyAnn Freso-Moore, the principa...
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What should it be called? How big should it's legislature be? And are we rushing this process? Those are among the questions that residents, activists and city officials will confront today as the District kicks off a three-day constitutional convention. The ultimate goal is to produce a state constitution for D.C., which would then be put to voters in November for approval ...
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The D.C. Council on Tuesday unanimously gave initial approval to a bill increasing the city's minimum wage to $15 by 2020, as well as raising the wage earned by tipped restaurant workers from $2.77 to $5 over the same time period. Minimum Wage Hike Minimum Wage: Increases from $11.50 ...
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Mayor Muriel Bowser, the D.C. Council and a number of labor unions have come to an agreement that will pave the way for the city to raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2020, as well as give tipped restaurant workers a raise from the current $2.77 to $5 over the same time period. The offi...
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The first weekday rush hour during Metro's SafeTrack "maintenance surge" left some riders hopeful and others confused and agitated. Episode 2 of Metropocalypse is on the scene at the Ballston station in Virginia as the "new normal" takes effect. We also hear from Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser; we discuss what it might take to ensure that th...
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A Virginia couple accused of overseeing the shoddy renovation of dozens of D.C. homes they later sold has agreed to pay over $1 million in restitution to buyers. The developers also will be banned from doing any future construction, renovations or sales of any properties in the city. Special Series: Flipped Off ...
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The Big Hunt was quiet last Saturday, with only a smattering a patrons sitting in booths or along the bar. It was easy to understand why: It was the Memorial Day weekend, and the city had largely emptied out as residents headed for the beach and other holiday destinations. But the slow business night may become more the rule than the exception starting this weekend, as Metro...
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A D.C. Council committee on Wednesday unanimously gave approval to a bill that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. It also gave its OK to a raise for tipped workers, though the pay hike will be lower than what labor activists and Mayor Muriel Bowser have called for. The bill was ...
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Your move, Congress. That was the message the D.C. Council sent to Capitol Hill on Tuesday when it gave final approval to the city's 2017 budget. The vote, which was otherwise devoid of drama, came amid a broader tug of war between D.C. and congressional Republicans over how much freedom the city should have in spending its locally raised revenue. D.C. officials sa...
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The D.C. Council has capped off months of negotiations over where to locate seven new shelters for homeless families, voting unanimously Tuesday on a plan from Mayor Muriel Bowser that establishes a timeline to close the troubled D.C. General shelter and creates a concrete plan for housing its current residents. Legislators and activists alike expressed relief after the vote...
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A federal judge on Tuesday overturned a key provision of the District's restrictive concealed-carry law, marking yet another milestone in a see-saw legal battle over gun rights in the nation's capital that has stretched over the last two years. In a 46-page ruling, Judge Richard Leon ordered D.C. to stop enforcing a pr...
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As D.C. leaders defiantly defended their right to spend local funds with less congressional interference, Republicans gathered not far away on Capitol Hill to vote for a bill that would re-exert their control over the city's finances. The showdown on Tuesday was one of the most direct confrontations in years between D.C. and congressional Republicans over who has the final s...
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The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to an amended version of Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to close the troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General and replace it with seven smaller, neighborhood-based shelters. But any celebration was quickly temp...
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A fight over how far D.C. can go to break free from congressional control comes to a head on Tuesday, as the D.C. Council moves to claim some independence in how it spends its local funds while a House committee readies to pass a bill that would give Capitol Hill the ultimate say over the city's finances. At issue is what's known in technical terms as "...
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The D.C. Council will vote Tuesday on a bill that would shutter the troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General, taking a plan presented by Mayor Muriel Bowser earlier this year and making significant changes to both the locations of several of the seven replacement shelters and how t...
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House Republicans could move as soon as next week to try to nullify the 2013 D.C. referendum that limits the role Congress plays in approving the city's annual budget, just as the D.C. Council is readying to cast a first vote on the city's 2017 budget. The move comes after a ...
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Presidential contender Hillary Clinton has joined her opponent in the Democratic primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders, in backing statehood for the District of Columbia, pledging to support a movement that is gaining steam locally as the city prepares to debate a constitution that it would submit to Congress next year as part of a formal petition for statehood. "Solidarity is no l...