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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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The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to change the city's 90-year-old snow-shoveling law, approving a bill that would allow city agencies to impose fines on residents and businesses that don't clear snow from their properties after a storm. The bill, which was debated on and off over the last five years, amends a D.C. law ...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray turned down a September plea deal from federal prosecutors who have been investigating his 2010 campaign, raising the possibility that they may indict him as he ends his tenure as the city's top elected official. According to The Washington Post, which ...
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Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis today confirmed that he is hoping to build a stand-alone training facility for the team somewhere in D.C., Maryland or Virginia. In a blog post, Leonsis responded to media reports earlier this month that he...
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"It's exhausting." That's how Clifford Tatum, the executive director of the D.C. Board of Elections, describes the work that has taken place after the Nov. 4 general election. Though the campaign signs are coming down, public attention has shifted away and most of the top-ticket races — mayor, attorney general, D.C. Council seats, the marijuana legalization initi...
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A recent scam that allowed Metro users to charge their SmarTrip cards but still walk away with their cash caused the transit agency to upgrade the software on all the system's farecard machines. As part of the scam, a user would put cash into the farecard machine and repeatedly press the buttons to add and subtract value, before canceling the transaction to get their cash b...
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With just over a month until D.C.'s annual school lottery opens to parents, Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser says that she wants to tweak the plan that's changing the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns — but has yet to offer specifics on what tweaks she would make and how they might affect public school students. "We’re going t...
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When it comes to regulating for-hire vehicles and services ranging from traditional taxicabs to app-based options like Uber, no city does it better than the District of Columbia. That's the conclusion of a new report from the R Street Institute, in which the Libertarian group graded 5...
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D.C. officials confirmed today that they are in talks with the Washington Wizards to build the team a training facility in Shaw, a project that would cost between $30 and $40 million and could impact a skate park, dog park and planned middle school on the site. Tony Robinson, a spokesman for D.C. City Administrator Allen Lew, says that the preliminary discussions with the te...
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D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser today raised the possibility that the Reeves Center, a government building located at 14th and U streets NW, could be taken out of a deal to build a new stadium for D.C. United. The comment marked her most forceful stance to date on the stadium deal and the land swap that underpins it. "I continue to be troubled by the Reeves Center piece of t...
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Fresh off of her victory in Tuesday's general election, D.C. mayor-elect Muriel Bowser joined WAMU 88.5's The Politics Hour with host Kojo Nnamdi, WAMU 88.5 reporter Patrick Madden and analyst Tom Sherwood of NBC4 for her first major broadcast interview since the win:...
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ANC SMD Votes Between Top Candidates Votes Cast 1B06 3 380 2B05 11 409 4C04 2 274 4D04 7 469...
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It's only been a day since 69 percent of D.C. voters gave approval to a ballot initiative legalizing the possession of two ounces of marijuana, but mayor-elect Muriel Bowser says that a system of retail sales of the drug may not be far off. Speaking at her first press conference after defeatin...
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Click on the image above for an interactive map of the D.C. election results The ...
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Click on the image above for an interactive map of the D.C. election results Muriel Bowser emerged victorious in Tuesday's heavily contested D.C. may...
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Click: Follow live D.C. midterm election results with our Open Election Map, which breaks down the latest tallies by D.C. neighborhood and more....
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Bruce Majors won't win today's D.C.'s mayoral election. Neither will any of the candidates he recruited to run. But that's not the point. "We’re definitely still in a building year. Basically nobody who I recruited to run this year or stepped up on their own or me thought we were actually going to win," he admits about the small ...
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Today's election isn't even over, but some hopeful D.C. Council candidates are already looking on to the next — but whether they even get to run could hinge on what happens once the votes are counted tonight. After casting a ballot early this morning at West Elementary School in 16th Street Heights, A.J. Cooper, a Ward 4 resident who unsuccessfully ran for an At-Large seat...
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