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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.


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Congress may have blocked D.C. from legalizing marijuana, but one legislator is challenging the new Republican majority to come stop him as he pushes his own legalization measure. This week, Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) re-introduced a bill that would allow the city to establish a system of retail marijuana sales like those in Colorado and Washington state. The i...
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A stronger-than-expected storm caught the region by surprise this morning, leaving local roads covered in snow and ice and stranding motorists for hours as they tried to get to work. And though the snow has stopped falling, officials in D.C., Maryland and Virginia are scrambling to clear the ...
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Muriel Bowser was sworn in as the District's seventh mayor on Friday morning, capping off a steady rise through the city's political structure that saw her serve as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and member of the D.C. Council before defeating Mayor Vincent Gray in the April primary and former Council colleague David Catania in November's general election. In her firs...
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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson today announced new committee assignments for the Council session that will start in January, creating a new committee to focus on housing while maintaining one for the city's schools. Mendelson pared down the number of committees from nine to seven, in part due to significant turnover on the Council — three new legislators are taking o...
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Two-term D.C. Council member Tommy Wells will be joining Muriel Bowser's administration next year, taking the helm of the D.C. Department of Environment. Bowser made the announcement on Friday morning at a mixed-use LEED-certified building in Southwest D.C. that will play host to a fire station and a Hyatt Place Hotel. “As Tommy’s friend and colleague, I have w...
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A review of the U.S. Secret Service in the wake of multiple incidents where fence-jumpers made it onto the White House grounds is recommending, among other things, that a taller fence be erected around the executive mansion. In the report submitted to Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the four-person panel charged with reviewing the Secret Service and its oper...
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Casting ballots didn't work, so two names dropped into a tote bag would have to suffice. That's how the D.C. Board of Elections settled two Advisory Neighborhood Commission races today, breaking improbable ties for the unpaid elected positions with a rarely invoked provision of city law requiring that a game of chance be used to declare a winner. Thirty-five state...
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In a farewell speech delivered at Dunbar High School — his alma mater — on Wednesday evening, Mayor Vincent Gray gave an impassioned and at times exhaustive defense of his four years in office, saying that at the end of his tenure the city is "stronger today than at any moment in our history." In the written copy of the speech — which was accompanied by the launching o...
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The date of the District's local primary election is changing — again. The D.C. Council today gave final approval to a bill changing the city's primary date from April to September, backtracking on a 2011 move that changed the date from September to April. Under the bill introduced by Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) ...
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As the District's citywide school lottery opens to parents, Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser remains quiet on the tweaks she has said she wants to make to new school boundaries and feeder patterns that start taking effect today. Speaking at a press conference where she introduced her new deputy mayor for education, Bowser said that any of those tweaks would be made "early in the ye...
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D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser will travel to the West Coast tonight to make the final pitch for the region's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. On Tuesday, Bowser will speak to the U.S. Olympic Committee in Redwood City, California, which will choose an American city to compete against international suitors for the 2024 games. Natio...
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District residents will be able to run, pray and dance during Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser's inauguration next month. Bowser's transition team today unveiled plans for three days worth of events. Beyond the inauguration ceremony itself — which will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 2 at the Washi...
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