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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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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is warning residents that the blizzard bearing down on the region could have "life and death implications," and is urging residents to be off the streets by 3 p.m. and ready to hunker down for up to 72 hours. Speaking at a press conference on Friday morning, Bowser said the storm is ...
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Metro won't be running any trains or buses over the weekend, citing the upcoming blizzard that promises to dump up to two feet of snow on the region. The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon at Metro headquarters, where new general manager Paul Wiedefeld explained that train service would be stopped at 11 p.m. and the last buses would depart for their routes at 5 p.m...
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This post has been updated. If the weather forecasters are to be believed, lots of snow is one its way to the region for the upcoming weekend. All that snow will eventually have to be shoveled, and for the first time in decades D.C. will start fining residents who don't clear their sidewalks. The beefed up enforcement is courtesy of a bill ...
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D.C. residents may never have read the D.C. Zoning Code, but its impact is visible throughout the city. The thousands of pages of granular rules and specifications determine how land can be used in D.C. — and, consequently, how the city looks and feels. Now those rules — for dwellings, downtown developments, corner stores and more — are changing. So, too, will the city...
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An ambitious proposal that would offer almost all workers in D.C. 16 weeks of paid family leave came upon two significant hurdles on Thursday: Mayor Muriel Bowser and the bill's cost. During a daylong hearing in the D.C. Council — the second of three on the bill — legi...
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Last December, advocates for a proposed bill that would grant virtually all workers in D.C. 16 weeks of paid family leave testified in favor of the ...
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This is the first story from What's With Washington?, our new initiative where listeners and readers get to ask questions about the region, vote on other questions that have been asked, and — if their question wins a voting round — join a WAMU 88.5 reporter in reporting out the story. Do you have something you'd like us to look into? Sub...
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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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House-Flipping In D.C. Part 1: A Dream Home Becomes a Nightmare Part 2: For The Developer From G...
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With only seven months left until D.C. voters cast ballots in the 2016 primary, the agency in charge of running the city's elections remains without top leadership — and on Wednesday struggled to explain whether it has the money to buy new voting machines it says it needs. The issues were at the forefront of a hearing in a D.C. Council committee, where Council member Kenya...
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It's been a year since D.C. residents overwhelmingly voted to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, but Congress is again blocking any further efforts to permit retail sales of the drug in the nation's capital. Tucked in a 2,000-page must-pass spending bill is a provision that would prohibit the city from spending any money to "enact any law, rule, or regula...
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A federal court dealt a blow to D.C. gun rights advocates Tuesday, disqualifying a judge who earlier this year ruled that the city's new concealed carry law is unconstitutional. In a five-page ruling from a three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C., the ...
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The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that will greatly expand the city's body-worn camera program. Currently, only 480 officers are using them. But by mid-2016, all of the city's patrol officers will have them. The expanded use of body-worn cameras comes amid the ongoing national debate over police misconduct and accountability. The logic behind the came...
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Is Muriel Bowser actually D.C.'s mayor? Did Charles Allen really win the Ward 6 seat on the D.C. Council? Was the city's first-ever elected attorney general, you know, elected? Is marijuana possession actually legal? Before this week, those questions would have seemed foolish. Yes, Bowser won last year's mayoral election, and yes, Allen was elected to the Council. (So too we...
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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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They were easy to lose. And even if you didn't lose them, you invariably ended up with dozens of them that had so little value on them that you couldn't even get on a train with them. We're speaking, of course, of Metro's paper farecards. Well, the farecards are no more. Metro announced today that vending machines throughout the system will ...
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Update, Dec. 4: In a letter from the Administrative Offices of the United States Courts, director James Duff says that Roberts will not be getting involved in the fight over whether a federal judge properly decided a case in May that overturned D.C.'s concealed carry law. That means ...
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Business groups representing just about every industry in the District — from hotels and restaurants to retailers and builders — strongly criticized a proposed paid-leave bill during a D.C. Council hearing on Wednesday, but struggled to offer alternatives or possible changes ...
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A sweeping proposal that would give virtually all D.C. workers 16 weeks of paid family leave — the most generous such benefit in the country — will be put to its first public test on Wednesday, as three dozen supporters and detractors testify before a D.C. Council committee on...