Martin Austermuhle | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 Contributors

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 and daughter.


Articles Written by Martin Austermuhle

WAMU 88.5
Today the District starts issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants who have lived in the city for at least six months, joining only 10 states and Puerto Rico that currently do so. Until today, undocumented immigrants in D.C. who wanted to drive a car had to do so illegally, since they were not eligible for a driver’s license. But last year the D.C. Council pa...
WAMU 88.5
State % Yes, would move Illinois 50 Connecticut 49 Maryland 47 Nevada 43 Rhode Island 42 New Jersey...
WAMU 88.5
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced today that children brought to the United States by undocumented parents can qualify for in-state tuition under existing state law. Herring's declaration, made at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria campus, comes on the heels of the General Assembly session where lawmakers rejected the so called Dream Act, the l...
WAMU 88.5
The House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that makes a small change to the Height Act, the 100-year-old law limiting how tall buildings in the nation's capital can get. Under the bill, existing building penthouses that are used for mechanical purposes can be converted for human use. That means that homes, gardens and restaurants will be able to move higher up on e...
WAMU 88.5
A majority of D.C. residents who participated in a series of community meetings in early April expressed opposition to many of the proposed changes to school boundaries and feeder patterns, according to data released by city officials. Eighty-five percent of those who participated in the meetings s...
WAMU 88.5
What This Means For You This reporter has an old blue-and-white D.C. driver's license that expires in 2020. The DMV says that I can keep this license and use it for local and federal purposes until it expires. At that point, I'll have to go to a service center with certain documents to validate my ID and D.C. residency. This applies ...
WAMU 88.5
A decade ago, many baseball fans in D.C. and Virginia didn't really have a choice: The closest local team was the Baltimore Orioles, so supporting the team was pretty much the default. But with the Nationals' return to D.C. in 2005 after a three-decade absence of baseball in the nation's capital, team allegiances have started shifting. But where does one draw a line between ...
WAMU 88.5
A congressional committee will hold a hearing on a bill decriminalizing marijuana in D.C., raising fears that Republicans could attempt to overturn the measure. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said on Tuesday that the House Oversight and Go...
WAMU 88.5
Have you heard about possible changes to D.C. public school boundaries but don't really know how they would affect you? There's now an app that will help you make sense of it. Code for D.C., a group of hackers and programmers that take open data and create online tools for citizens, has rolled out OurDCSc...
WAMU 88.5
Cursing at a public official in Virginia isn't polite, nor is it legally sound. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a man has been fined for leaving a profane voicemail for Attorney General Mark Herring: ...
WAMU 88.5
The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced that on May 1 it will start issuing new driver's licenses and ID cards that comply with a federal law mandating increased security requirements. The announcement has provoked plenty of questions and somewhat alarmist headlines, especially concerning an apparent Octob...
WAMU 88.5
Minimum Wage Proposals D.C. Council/Gray: Increase to $11.50 by 2016, index to inflation, tipped workers excluded. Proposed Initiative: To $12.50 by 2017, index to inflation, tipped workers up to $12.50 by 2021. The District's minimum wage is ...
WAMU 88.5
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new policy that will make it easier for former felons to regain their voting rights. Under the policy, which would take effect on Monday, the commonwealth will provide a list of offenses that require a waiting period before offenders can apply to have the...
WAMU 88.5
The population of the District of Columbia is expected to reach 880,000 people by 2040, a level it has not seen since 1950. The finding, first noted by Greater Greater Washington, comes from population forecasts presented to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Gov...
WAMU 88.5
A conflict between the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent Gray over whether or not the city now enjoys budget autonomy is heading to court, and a ruling could have an impact on how this year's budget process plays out. The Council is filing suit today over last year's budget autonomy referendum, in which 83 percent of D.C. residents voted to amend the city's Home Rule Charter to...
WAMU 88.5
D.C. residents and officials have been debating changes to the city's 60-year-old zoning code for the last six years, and there will be at least another six months of discussion before the plan can be voted on. On Tuesday, the Zoning Commission approved a request from Mayor Vincent Gray to extend a period of public comment on the zoning c...
WAMU 88.5
D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan is urging city legislators to repeal a specific campaign finance limit that was recently the focus of a Supreme Court ruling. In testimony to the D.C. Council on Tuesday, Nathan said that an existing $8,500 cap on aggregate contributions — the practice of giving to multiple candidates during an election cycle — falls on the wrong side of ...
WAMU 88.5
Yesterday, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The move follows a very similar bill signed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in March. ...
WAMU 88.5
D.C. By The Numbers is a series that uses numbers to highlight and explore exactly how D.C. does — and doesn't — work. Have a number to share? Get in touch. Adjusted Gross Income Returns (2006) Percent (2006) Returns (2012) Percent (2012)...
WAMU 88.5
Abigail Smith, D.C.'s deputy mayor for education, said on Friday that three proposed amendments to the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns will change before they are finalized. Speaking on WAMU's The Politics Hour, Smith cautioned that the proposals ...