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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 and daughter.


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Should D.C. move the April primary to another month? Record low voter turnout in Tuesday's D.C. primary is again raising the question: Is April is too early in the y...
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While the main stories of Tuesday's D.C. primary were the defeat of Mayor Vincent Gray and Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), a number of other races were also on the ballot yesterday: In the race for Council Chair, Phil Mendelson handily defeated challenger Calvin Gurley 81-17. In an At-Large race, Council member Anita Bonds won another term, beating chal...
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Additional Coverage Election Live-Blog Bowser Defeats Gray In D.C. Democratic Primary ...
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Tommy Wells is sure about one thing: there's nothing to be sure about in this election. Speaking outside the Waterfront Metro station in Southwest, Wells said that the reportedly low turnout is making it difficult to know exactly how the results will pan out after the polls close. "I can't predict or say anything," he said. "There's reports that the vote is very de...
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If the polls are to be believed, Andy Shallal doesn't have a very good chance of becoming mayor. But standing outside Shepherd Elementary School in Ward 4 this afternoon, the owner of Busboys and Poets said he's not giving up just yet. "There are a lot of undecideds walking to the polls, which I find interesting this late in the game," he said. "I think people have been tune...
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You have to be 18 to vote in D.C., but you can be any age to learn about voting. At least that's what Lisa Jensen thinks. Jensen is a third grade teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in Chevy Chase, and this afternoon she took her class on a tour of Precinct 51, the polling place located in the school's gym. The visit offered the budding voters — the first election for m...
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It's been months of campaigning and canvassing, and this morning the two front-running mayoral candidates narrowly missed each other at a polling place in one of the city's most contested wards. Precinct 65 is located at LaSalle Elementary School on Riggs Road NE in Ward 4, a block shy of the Maryland border. As supporters of both Muriel Bowser and Mayor Vincent Gray traded ...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray today signed a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana, putting the city alongside the 16 states that have taken similar steps. The bill, which was introduced by Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) last year and passed by the D.C. Council earlier this month, eliminates criminal offenses for the possession of an ounce or...
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Tens of thousands of anxious parents today got word on which schools their children could attend in the coming school year, as results for the city's first common lottery for public and charter schools were made available. Over ...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Tomorrow D.C. voters head to the polls to choose the candidates from the major political parties — Democratic, Republican, Statehood Green, Libertarian — that will head to November's general election. The biggest race is at the top of the ticket, ...
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Ana Margarita Pineda has lived in the same building in northern Columbia Heights for close to 15 years. For most of that time she turned to the manager and owner when she had complaints about cold showers, holes in the walls and rent increases. But now she's the one hearing complaints — she’s one of the building’s owners, after all. Last month residents at the 13-unit ...
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Vice President Joe Biden stopped by D.C.'s Florida Avenue Grill this afternoon to make the case for a higher federal minimum wage, according to a White House press pool report: VP arrives at 12:57 at Florida Avenue Grill in Washington, D.C. to praise the restaurant for paying workers above tipped minimum wage. Florida Avenue Grill recently raised its minimum wage fo...
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Additional Coverage WAMU Voter Guide The Full KNS/WCP Poll Interactive Gra...
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Additional Coverage WAMU Voter Guide The Full KNS/WCP Poll Interactive Gra...
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Candidate Support Muriel Bowser 30% Vincent Gray 27% Tommy Wells 14% Jack Evans 6% Andy Shallal 6% ...
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D.C.'s mayoral candidates are making their way onto Facebook. The District's mayoral candidates have plenty of campaign signs and newspaper ads, but many of the top contenders are also...
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A coalition of print, radio and television media outlets have written a letter demanding that reporters be allowed into the trial board of a D.C. Fire Department lieutenant facing charges for not responding to a man that collapsed across the street from a fire station in late January. The trial board ...
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Candidate Support Vincent Gray 27% Muriel Bowser 27% Jack Evans 13% Tommy Wells 9% Andy Shallal 7% ...
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Fans of D.C. United have spent close to two decades watching their home team play at the aging RFK Stadium, and are now pushing the D.C. Council to give quick approval to a land swap at the heart of a $300 million plan for a new stadium in Southwest. Team officials said today t...
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The D.C. Department of Health has started accepting petitions from residents seeking to expand the list of conditions that would qualify a resident to use medical marijuana. Under the program's current rules, only residents suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, or severe spasms can get medical marijuana; residents recovering from chemotherapy or radiotherapy can qualify...