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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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Who Can Get Video From Body Cams? If you're the subject of a recording or have accused a police officer of misconduct, you can ask to see the unredacted footage at a police station. You can also file an open records request to get a copy of it. For recordin...
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Employees at Upshur Street Books weren't given more than 20 minutes to process the news on Saturday afternoon: President Obama was on his way to visit the year-old independent book store in Petworth. But he did, bringing along daughters Sasha and Malia for one of two stops at local D.C. businesses for Small Business Saturday, the annual event that follows Black Friday and a...
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D.C. officials are steadily moving forward on a plan to close the troubled homeless family shelter at D.C. General, and say they will announce the location of between six and eight replacement shelters over the next two months. Speaking on Tuesday at the monthly breakfast between Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council, Department of Human Services director Laura Zeilinger ...
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Marion Barry died one year ago this week, and a city commission is now recommending that D.C.'s "mayor for life" be remembered with a statue or by having a local school renamed after him. In a brief report submitted on Monday to Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Commission to Commemorate and Rec...
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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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Whether or not D.C. residents should be able to freely carry concealed weapons is certainly a debatable issue, but on Friday a U.S. Court of Appeals panel largely dodged the discussion and instead focused on a more granular matter: whether or not the judge who last year tossed out the city's new concealed carry law was even allowed to consider the case. Here's the non-lawyer...
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Pamela Gray has served as a magistrate judge in D.C. Family Court since 2002, and in that time she’s dealt with some of the toughest cases a judge can face: the abuse and neglect of children. She’s seen children enter the foster care system, and she’s helped them find...
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Metro Connection Segments Lifelong Montgomery County Resident, Coach Warren Crutchfield Reflects On A Life ...
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A key D.C. legislator and Mayor Muriel Bowser have come to an agreement over rules that will guide when the press and public can gain access to video from body-worn cameras, putting the Metropolitan Police Department one step closer to being able to outfit thousands of patrol officers with the cameras. On Thursday afternoon, a D.C. Council committee approved a proposal that ...
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A day after batting away a question about whether Syrian refugees should continue to be resettled in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday added his name to the growing list of Republican governors who say they should not be — at least not for now. "Following the terrorist attacks on Paris just four days ago, and after careful consideration, I am now requesting that federa...
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In recent years, cell phones have been used to capture video of incidents of police misconduct, including the shooting of an unarmed black man in North Charleston, South Carolina, and the aggressive arrest of a black teenager at a pool party outside of Dallas, Texas. To many, ...
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When Josey Bryant came back home after serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, the 66-year-old says he and other veterans weren't offered much help to transition back into civilian life. For Bryant, like for many other veterans, coming back home didn't mean he actually had a home. "I was at the bus station one night, maybe at the train station another night, and I w...
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If you get a D on your report card, it's usually not of much consolation to tell your parents that just about everyone else got a D too. But that's pretty much the case for this year's State Integrity Report, the annual report from the Center for Public Integrity assessing just h...
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The Advisory Board Company, a large education and healthcare consulting firm, will be staying in D.C. — and they'll be getting a $60-million property tax break in the process. The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to an incentive package for the company, which was born in D.C. and is in the process of looking for a new he...
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The D.C. Council on Tuesday advanced a measure that could speed the closure of the troubled family homeless shelter at D.C. General, but not without dissent from some legislators and homeless advocates who complained that the bill would water down standards for new shelter space — especially around whether families should have ...
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Faced with outrage from over a dozen otherwise placid Caribbean nations, D.C. officials are backtracking on a plan to openly call out countries it says allow big U.S. businesses to skip out on paying local taxes. At issue is a change to existing tax law made through the 2016 D.C. budget that took effect last month. Here's what happened. In 2011, D.C. passed a law r...
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This post has been updated. The head of the D.C. Board of Elections is departing the agency charged with managing the city's voter rolls and elections, leaving just as preparations ramp up for an upcoming election year that will feature both local races and the presidential contest. Clifford Tatum, who took over the elections board in October 2011, is head...
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Though he was only 10 when he first saw "The Exorcist," Andrew Huff remembers the moment fondly. "It was one of a handful of horror movies that my dad showed me when I was a kid. I can remember specifically being both terrified and enthralled. It really is a horror movie that’s more than a horror movie," he says. Huff, a Front Royal native who lives in D.C. and w...
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If you can get in on the District's hot real estate market, there's a perk waiting for you: property taxes in the nation's capital are lower than anywhere in the region, saving homeowners thousands of dollars relative to what they would pay in parts of Maryland and Virginia. That's according to a ...