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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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You may not know that flying drones over much of the Washington region is strictly forbidden, but soon you won't have much of a choice in complying. In the wake of Monday's drone crash at the White House, Chinese drone maker DJI has...
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Early this morning, a small drone — or quadcopter, if you want to be technical — crashed on the grounds of the White House, prompting the Secret Service to shut down the executive mansion and investigate the incident. Though the man who ...
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The D.C. Public Library wants you to remember that Big Brother is watching. The city's library system kicked off 10 days worth of events on privacy and surveillance in the digital age this morning with a day-long reading of George Orwell's 1984, the famous 1949 novel describing life in a totalitarian state. The reading — or read-a-thon — started this m...
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Related Stories One Dead, 84 Hospitalized After Smoke Fills Metro Tunnel, Yellow Line Train ...
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The claims have always been anecdotal, whispered among like-minded residents, but now the D.C. Chief Financial Officer has the numbers to prove that yes, once those residents become parents, they're more likely to leave the city than their counterparts who don't have kids. In a study titled "...
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Calling the Monday incident in which one woman died and scores of passengers on a Yellow Line train were injured a "nightmare," Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is asking the transit agency for an immediate briefing on emergency response procedures. In a letter to Ri...
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This story was updated at 8:45 a.m. One woman died after smoke filled Metro tunnels and a Yellow Line train outside the L'Enfant Plaza station on Monday afternoon, prompting an evacuation and shutting down service between Navy Yard and Mount Vernon Square during the afternoon rush. Metro officials said that the woman, who had not been identified, p...
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Would you pay a fee to use the C&O Canal Park? A Kojo Nnamdi Show Poll Response Percent of responses No 37% Yes 29 Other Option 16% ...
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Metro Connection Segments How A Civil Rights Struggle In The South Helped D.C. Elect Its Own Leaders ...
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The Washington region won't be getting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games after all. The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Thursday that Boston will be the city leading the U.S....
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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...