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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 District has deputy mayors for education, public safety, economic development, and human services. On Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser added one more to the mix, creating a new Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity that she said would focus on struggling areas of the city. During a town hall meeting in Anacostia, Bowser announced that she was appointing Courtney Sn...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser today banned government employees and officials from traveling to Indiana, joining a number of cities and states have imposed similar bans in the wak...
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More on Pop-Ups What's Up With Pop-Ups? Here's A Primer On A Debate That's Reaching New Heights ...
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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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Potential Republican presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) has introduced a bill that would undo the District's gun laws and largely restrict the ability of city legislators to pass future laws restricting gun ownership. The Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015, which Rubio co-introduced with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Oh.) on Thursday, would shoot down D.C.'s gun regi...
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The National Park Service is looking for a few brave Border Collies to take on a winged threat to the National Mall: the Canada goose. This week, the Park Service put out a contract seeking "goose harassment services," or, more specifically, someone with specially trained Border Collies that can succes...
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Just how far can a state go in limiting what goes on a license plate? That question was at issue this week in the Supreme Court, where the nine justices heard arguments on a case involving Texas rejecting a speciality license plate design i...
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Spring means warmer weather, longer days and more tourists in Washington. But this year it won't just be the cherry blossoms sprouting — new security measures will also be popping up at two local destinations. Within the next two weeks, both Nationals Park and the National Zoo will be implementing new security measures — metal detectors at all entrances to the baseball s...
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Over the last seven years of mayoral control, D.C. has closed dozens schools, citing lagging enrollment. But in the upcoming academic year, D.C. Public Schools will reverse course and instead open four schools — including two that had been closed during a prior round of citywide consolidations. The news comes as Chancellor Kaya Henderson ...
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More on Affordable Housing The Rent In D.C. Is Too Damn High, And The New Residents Might Be To Blame ...
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D.C. officials are reviewing the city's relationship with a nonprofit organization that has been accused of overbilling the city and potentially breaking the law in the management of two contracts worth more than $80 million for services to homeless residents. "We know there’s a problem here, and understanding the problem and defining the problem is the path we need to tak...
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The Metropolitan Police Department is quietly expanding a body-worn camera program, further moving towards equipping officers with a tool that has become a central focus of a police accountability movement that grew in the wake of the death of two black men in Missouri and New York at the hands of police last year. In documents submitted to the D.C. Council, MPD says that a ...
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This post has been updated with a response from the DMV. It's been 10 months since undocumented immigrants in D.C. have been able to get driver's licenses, but advocates for the program say that the English-only driver road skills test had led to a higher-than-us...
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Here are some of the big stories you missed this week on WAMU 88.5 In most places, cops are likely to take your pot if you get arrested. But in D.C. — where marijuana is now legal — police have to return it if asked to. One man did just that, walking into a police station to ...
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Snow may be beautiful as it falls, but for many in D.C., it's a total pain after it's done. That's because it piles up on roads and walkways, and often turns into a much more dangerous variant — ice. That's why snow shoveling exists. But in a city like D.C., the shoveling can sometimes leave something to be desired. Part of that is because the city's snow-shoveling law is ...
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A contract dispute over instant scratch-off lottery tickets in D.C. cost the city millions in lost revenue last year, and has left the D.C. Lottery Board scrambling to gain back the customers that went elsewhere for the tickets. According to information provided to the D.C. Council, the lottery board transferred $54.9 million t...
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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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Members of the D.C. Council were divided today over how to respond to a congressional request for information about a February debate on a bill that would legalize, tax and r...
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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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When Relisha Rudd disappeared last year, it provoked an outcry from city legislators and advocates for the homeless who asked how the young girl, then eight years old, could have fallen through the cracks. But a year later she remains missing, and for Mayor Muriel Bowser, who spoke about the case on Monday, that's even worse. "It’s even more tragic today that we ...