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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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Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser lived up to her word this week, removing the Reeves Center from the $300 million deal to build a new stadium for D.C. United in Southwest D.C. Under the deal negotiated by the team and Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. would obtain the land needed f...
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The D.C. Libertarian Party's brief tenure as a major political party is over. Though the party ran candidates in a number of races in the Nov. 4 general election, none of them reached the vote threshold necessary to maintain the "major party" status it had gained in 2012. By D.C. law, it takes 7,500 votes for a...
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City officials continue working with the family of Marion Barry on plans for a funeral and memorial service, both of which they say could attract tens of thousands of mourners. Speaking on WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Monday, Mayor Vincent Gray said tha...
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D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) was only three years old when Marion Barry was first elected mayor in 1978, and he grew up in a city that was largely run by the man who came to be known as the mayor for life. Shortly after Barry passed away on Sunday, McDuffie recalled ho...
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Marion Barry passed away early Sunday morning, but it took less than 12 hours for the city's mayor-for-life to be commemorated on a mural in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest D.C. A large spray-painted likeness of Barry's face appeared on the mural located at 14th and Randolph Stre...
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It's official: all of the ballots cast in D.C.'s Nov. 4 general election have been counted. But the counting isn't totally done. The D.C. Board of Elections finished counting tens of thousands of provisional ballots yesterday, a process that took over two weeks to complete. According to elections board officials, over 20,000 provisional ballots were cast on Election Day. Add...
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Mayor Vincent Gray wielded his veto pen this week, rejecting a bill passed by the D.C. Council that would allow Washington Humane Society officers to use sirens when responding to animal emergencies. In a letter to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Gray said that while the Metropolitan Police Department and Fire and Emergency Services Department can use their sirens in limite...
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The first D.C. statehood bill to be considered by Congress in two decades isn't go anywhere, according to the senator who introduced it. An aide to Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) confirmed on Tuesday that the bill he introduced in Jan. 2013 will not make it to the full Senate for a vote. "At this ti...
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There's not much about 1444 Taylor Street NW that would make a passerby think it's of federal interest. The blocky two-story brick rowhouse stands at the bottom of the sloping street where Taylor intersects with Piney Branch Parkway and Arkansas Avenue NW. It's plainly residential, and compared to the older rowhouses around it, residentially plain. But its location...
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Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser said Tuesday that she wants to finalize a deal to build a new stadium for D.C. United in Southwest, but without a land swap that had attracted controversy from various legislators. Speaking to the Federal City Council, Bowser said the D.C. Council should sign off on the $300 million deal before the end of the year, but expects to "...
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The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill changing the rules governing how and when police can seize property and other assets from people accused of a crime. Under the bill, which was passed without objection, the threshold of proof for seizing assets would increase, the rights of those whose property could be seized would be strengthened and proceeds fro...
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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...