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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 happens when a family discovers that its home is a poorly renovated mess? And in a hot market that has attracted some unreliable and careless developers, can D.C.'s inspectors and regulators keep pace with the industry? This special three-part series looks at the perils of house flipping in the nation's capital....
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Metro Connection Segments An Uncomfortable Link Between Race And Marijuana Arrests In D.C. ...
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A special election on Tuesday for two seats on the D.C. Council ended with one victory, one race too close to call and a split result for Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose influence played a large role in the contests. In the race for the Ward 4 seat once held by Bowser, it was Brandon Todd that emerged the winner with 42 percent of the vote. Todd, a former Council and campaign aid...
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Voters in wards 4 and 8 will head to the polls tomorrow to elect new members of the D.C. Council. Races for ward seats on the city's legislature usually turn on retail issues like crime and economic development, but in both wards another factor has emerged: the influence of D.C.'s current mayor and the legacy of one of its former mayors. In Ward 4, 13 candidates signed up to...
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Aides to Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on Wednesday sparred over a pair of bills that, depending on which side was asked, would either represent a overreach by Racine or a means to establish a check and balance on the mayor’s office by the newly elected attorney general. The debate took place during a D.C. Council hearing on two pending bills th...
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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...