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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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On the same day that D.C. officials announced emergency legislation that will allow residents to carry handguns outside their homes, a federal judge denied the city's request for a longer stay of the late-July ruling that tossed out the city's ban on carrying guns....
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By late October, D.C. residents will be able to do something that they've been prohibited from doing for over 80 years: carry a handgun outside their homes. The change comes as the D.C. Council prepares to take up emergency legislation that would allow residents to carry concealed handguns, a bill forced by the ...
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Opponents of a ballot initiative that would legalize the possession of marijuana and allow D.C. residents to grow up to six plants in their homes have launched a campaign against the measure, and are urging residents to vote it down on Nov. 4. Speaking in ...
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After the U.S. House of Representatives debated a D.C. statehood bill in 1992, the measure made it out of committee before being killed during a vote on the House floor. But a statehood bill debated yesterday in the U.S. Senate may not even make it out of committee — despite Democrats controlling the chamber. D.C. officials and advocates on Monday made their pleas to the S...
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This afternoon, a Senate committee will hold a hearing on a bill that would grant statehood to the District of Columbia...
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D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser has agreed to participate in four debates ahead of the Nov. 4 election. In a press release from her campaign, Bowser said she would take part in the following debates: Sept. 18 at American University, ...
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The attorney fighting a D.C. ban on carrying handguns outside the home today termed as "frivolous" a request from the city that a judge reconsider a ruling tossing out the ban. In a motion, attorney Alan Gura said that Judge Frederick Scullin should reject D.C.'s request for a reconsiderat...
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On any normal Friday, students in Joe Talarico's AP English Literature at the Columbia Heights Education Campus could expect to discuss Antigone or The Great Gatsby. But on the Friday before the Labor Day weekend, they were asked to reflect on something different: the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. And it wa...
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A D.C. public schools teacher will apologize for assigning students to compare and contrast President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler. The parent of a sixth grader at McKinley Middle School in Northeast D.C. yesterday posted an image of the assignment, which included a Venn diagram with Bush and Hitler's name above the two circles. "Now that we have read about two men of pow...
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A chorus of officials from across the region said today that they support a bid for the 2024 summer Olympic Games, jumping behind an effort being led by a group of local business leaders. After hearing from the co-chairs of the Washington 2024 committee this afternoon during a session of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments...
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In the wake of a report from the D.C. Inspector General that criticized the city's aggressive ticketing of parking and moving violations, D.C. legislators say they are open to tweaks to make the system fairer to motorists. But as for the city's many speed cameras — t...
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If you've got a bone to pick with how D.C. hands out parking, speeding and red light-running tickets, you may have a new ally: the D.C. Inspector General. In a lengthy report published today, D.C. Inspector General Blanche L. Bruce critici...
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A Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on a bill that would grant statehood to the District of Columbia, the first open debate on a statehood measure in Congress in over two decades. The hearing will take pla...
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Advocates for the homeless in D.C. say that a city-led review of the case of an 8-year-old who was taken from the D.C. General shelter earlier this year raises as many questions as it answers, notably on whether staff legally required to report possible abuse actually did...
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Mayor Vincent Gray's former campaign driver today pleaded guilty to a campaign finance charge, proving that the long-running investigation into Gray's troubled mayoral effort continues. Mark Long, who chauffeured Gray around D.C. during the campaign, pleaded guilty to one charge of concealing campaign contributions from city regulators. He could face up to one year in prison...
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Click to see the interactive map from the Urban Institute. During the 2011-12 school year, gunshot...
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Six months after 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was last seen alive, a review of her case has concluded that while numerous city agencies failed to take note of the difficult circumstances she was living in, there was little that could have been done to prevent ...
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The number of homeless families in D.C. is expected to jump 16 percent this winter, further straining the city's capacity to house them during the coldest days of the season. According to the Interagency Council on Homelessness' winter plan, which is set to be voted on today, 840 families are expected to seek emergency shelter during the upco...
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Another person is going to jail for conspiring with D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson to violate campaign finance laws. On Thursday, former D.C. Council candidate Jeff Smith was sentenced to 60 days in jail for illegally taking $140,000 in campaign contributions from Thompson, a well-connected businessman and city contractor. Smith took the money during his long 2010 campaig...