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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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As hundreds of students gathered in the atrium of Wilson's High School today for LGBTQ Pride Day earlier today, they were treated to an unexpected announcement: popular principal Pete Cahall told them he was gay. “I want to say publicly for the first time because of your leadership, care and support that I am a proud gay man who just happens to be the principal of Wilson H...
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In late May, Mayor Vincent Gray sent the D.C. Council a package of details and legislation needed for the construction of a proposed 20,000-seat stadium for D.C. United at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. The broad outline of the deal were ...
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Necessity is the mother of invention, and in the case of a Capitol Hill family, the need to get their daughter to and from school spawned a bike accessory that has drawn the ire of Capital Bikeshare, the region's popular bike-sharing network. Last year, Crispen Wilson created a children's bike seat that easily and quickly attaches to the downtube of Capital Bikeshare's hefty...
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Today, former D.C. Council candidate Kelvin Robinson pleaded guilty to taking $33,000 in illicit campaign contributions from D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson. Robinson is...
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Passenger ferries in Baltimore and Alexandria are set to receive millions in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation. In Baltimore, the city's Department of Transportation will be getting $854,130 to continue the Charm City Circulator Harbor Connector, which connects Harbor View wit...
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There's no shortage of traffic in downtown D.C. during the week, and planners are floating a means to better control it: A congestion charge. The idea is included in a a draft version of the moveDC report, a longterm multimodal transportation plan being put together by the D.C. Department of Transportation. Along with a bevy of initiati...
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The D.C. Department of Health is adding new six qualifying conditions to the list of conditions that allows residents to obtain medical marijuana. According to rules that took effect today, the department is adding decompensated cirrhosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, Cachexia or wasting syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease, and seizure disorders to the list of qualifying conditions. Me...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside D.C. General: A Tour of the City's Largest Homeless Shelter ...
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Funding is being slashed for a future D.C. streetcar system that would stretch from Benning Road west to Georgetown and from Anacostia north to Takoma. The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave initial approval to a budget that scales back Mayor Vincent Gray's ambitious plan to spend close to $900 million dollars over the next six years on streetcars. Instead, Council Chair Phil Me...
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This post has been updated D.C.'s planned streetcar system might have less money than expected for future construction, prompting warnings from Mayor Vincent Gray that lines could be delayed and cost more than expected. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced yesterday that he was proposing cutting the capital funds set aside by Gray for streetcars ...
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Update, 4:30 p.m.: The Council approved the budget and, by extension, the changes to the tax code. If you think too much of your paycheck goes to D.C. coffers, you might have some relief coming — today the D.C. Council will debate a bevy of changes to the city's tax code, including an overall decrease in income tax rates. Under the propo...
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A Maryland woman has pleaded guilty to renting out a Prince George's County home she did not own. State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said today that 31-year-old Shannon Lee pleaded guilty to one charge of second-degree burglary. According to Alsobrooks, Lee rented out a home in Cheltenham that was vacant and going through the foreclosure process. Below are all the ...
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Earlier this week, Mayor Vincent Gray returned from the International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas, an annual soirée where cities and states pitch themselves to national retailers like Walmart and Chipotle, among many others. "I think there were probably 70 to 80 meetings that were held with various and sundry retailers," he said on Wednesday. "The on...
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While a package of details on a proposed plan for a new D.C. United stadium is set to be delivered to the D.C. Council on Friday, Mayor Vincent Gray said on Wednesday that the city may be forced to use eminent domain to claim two parcels of land on the site where the stadium is set to be located. Speaking at a press conference, Gray and City Administrator Allen Lew said that...
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Call it Trash-CanGate or Garbage-BinGhazi, but Mayor Vincent Gray wants D.C. residents to know one thing: He isn't happy with how the city has fared on picking up tens of thousands of old trash cans and recycling bins. "I'm not happy about how this has gone," said Gray this morning, addressing ongoing questions about what at first seemed like a resident-friendly achievement:...
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The Return Of Streetcars To D.C. Monday: It Might Be Desired, But In D.C. It's A Streetcar Named... Delay Tuesday: ...
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A federal judge today ruled that the April 2013 D.C. budget autonomy referendum was unlawful, giving Mayor Vincent Gray a victory in what has become an internecine fight over how the city could gain more flexibility in spending its own money. In the ruling, Judge Emmet Sullivan wrote that while he sympathizes with the cause of budget autonomy, only Congress can make changes...
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In the midst of what advocates call a crisis in the supply of affordable housing in D.C., the city's housing agency is launching a 100-day campaign to contact the 72,000 people that had applied for housing assistance before the list was closed last year. Starting tomorrow, the D.C. Housing Authority says it will contact every applicant on the list to check whether they still...
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The Metropolitan Police Department is asking for help in finding a truck linked to a sexual assault in Adams Morgan over the weekend: The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating several pers...