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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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Georgetown University's men's basketball team joined the growing ranks of athletes speaking out in the wake of multiple killings of unarmed black men on Wednesday night, appearing before a game against Kansas wearing t-shirts with the phrase "I can't breathe." The phrase was uttered by Eric Garner, the black man confronted in July by New York City police for illegally sellin...
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On Tuesday, Congress unveiled a must-pass $1.1 trillion spending bill — and tucked into it was a provision that seems to block the implementation of the marijuana legalization initiative that was overwhelmingly approved by 70 percent of D.C. voters on Nov. 4. But now some are sayi...
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The voters couldn't decide the race, so now it will be left up to chance. After a recount of all ballots today, the race for an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner race in Columbia Heights has ended in a rare tie, sending the two candidates to a casting of lots that by law has to occur at noon of a day designated by the D.C. Board of Elections. The race between inc...
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Proponents of marijuana legalization are warning that Congress is moving to stop the District from implementing a ballot initiative approved by voters in November that will legalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana. Adam Eidinger, who chaired the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, the group behind the city's legalization initiative, said today that he had been told that ...
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A D.C. public charter school on the verge of being closed is asking for more time to prove that it can effectively educate its students — a request that's rarely granted in the fast-churning world of charter schools. Last month, the D.C. Public Charter School Board voted to initiate the revocation of Potomac Prep's charter, a death...
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Over the last week, protesters angry over the failure a Missouri grand jury to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown have successfully blocked traffic on major D.C. thoroughfares: On Saturday, protesters blocked intersections in...
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The District's residents may have voted by a ratio of 2-to-1 to approve a ballot initiative legalizing the possession of marijuana, but Congress could well undo it with far fewer votes — none of which would be cast by anyone representing the city. Congressional Republicans are considering in...
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A.J. Cooper, who was running for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council, died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 34. Cooper, who unsuccessfully ran for an at-large seat on the Council in 2012, was known for his stint as a host of Black Entertainment ...
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The D.C. Council met for the penultimate session of its two-year session yesterday, which means that legislators were scrambling to get as many bills passed as possible. Some bills were being voted on for the first time, some a second and final time. Their final meeting is on Dec. 16. Below are some of the highlights from yesterday's legislative session. D.C. United Stadium...
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This post has been updated. Though it seems likely that the D.C. Council will vote today to support the construction of a new stadium for D.C. United, questions still remain over how exactly the city will pay for its portion of the $300 million deal. The bill being ...
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D.C. could soon return to a September primary date for local elections, abandoning a brief and controversial experiment with holding the primaries in April. Under a bill set to be considered by the D.C. Council on Tuesday, the city's primary election would be moved to the first Tuesday in September, effectively reversing a 2011 bill that pushed the primary date to the first ...
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The D.C. Council will vote Tuesday on an bill authorizing the city to help build a new stadium for D.C. United, but changes made in recent weeks to the deal negotiated between Mayor Vincent Gray and the team will both cost — and save — the city money. The most significant change is the removal of the Reeves Center from the deal. As ...
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Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser's transition team has announced a series of thematic open houses that will take place over the next two weeks. The open houses — which will cover topics ranging from public safety and transportation to education and economic develo...