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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.


Articles Written by Martin Austermuhle

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The troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General could close as soon as the winter of 2018 under a plan unveiled Tuesday by Mayor Muriel Bowser, with the roughly 280 families occupying it sent instead to "smaller, dignified facilities" located in neighborhoods across the city. Proposed Shelter Locations ...
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Former D.C. mayor Vincent Gray announced Thursday that he will run for the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. Council, the first step towards what he hopes is a political comeback after losing his re-election bid in 2014 to Mayor Muriel Bowser. Speaking on ...
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Attorneys for the D.C. Board of Elections are seeking to reverse a judge's ruling from last week that shot down plans for a public vote on raising the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. In his Friday ruling, Judge Maurice Ross stopped the effort to put the issue to D.C. voters i...
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The D.C. Council on Tuesday approved a bill creating a seven-person task force to study whether the city should license private clubs where patrons can gather to use marijuana. The measure was a compromise of sorts: On one side were Mayor Muriel Bowser and Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), who were pushing for a bill that would permanently prohibit marijuana use in...
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A D.C. judge on Friday ruled that an effort for a public vote on raising the minimum wage to $15 cannot be placed on the November ballot, handing a temporary victory to business leaders who say a wage that high would at best limit hiring and at worst drive businesses out of the city....
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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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Classes were canceled on Monday for tens of thousands of D.C. students, but a handful of public schools remained open — for food, not education. On Sunday evening, DCPS announced that 10 buildings would open to offer students, families and members o...
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Update, 10:45 a.m.: Per a tweet from Mayor Muriel Bowser, all Metrorail stations in the District — with the exception of Benning Road — will be open at 11 a.m. Original post: With the region still digging out from over two feet of snow, area school systems planning t...
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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 ...