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Patrick Madden

District Reporter

Madden is the District Reporter at WAMU. He has covered city hall for the past four years and has won several awards for his coverage, including last year's Edward R. Murrow for investigative journalism.

Madden is also a frequent guest analyst on The Politics Hour and was a panelist at the 2010 mayoral debate at the Newseum.

Before joining WAMU in 2006, Madden worked at NBC4 and C-SPAN. He is originally from New York, attended Emory University in Atlanta and holds a master's degree in journalism from American University.

He is a long suffering NY Mets fan.


Articles Written by Patrick Madden

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Conditions at the D.C. jail are so hot, some are questioning whether it’s constitutional to house inmates there. The death of an inmate at the 40-year-old detention facility earlier this month has sparked concerns over the hot temperatures. For guards and prisoners alike, conditions have become “unbearable,” says says Michael Duvall, who spent several weeks locked up t...
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D.C.'s brutal heat wave is raising concerns about overheating at the city jail. The jail is more than 40 years old, and its outdated ventilation system is creating uncomfortably hot conditions in cells. Last week, temperatures in the cell blocks reached about 85 degrees, says Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Kevin Donahue. That's hotter than normal, Donahue says, a...
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It can take a lot of money to run for president, and more and more of it is coming from outside groups like Super PACs. But at Patrick Madden reports, these independent groups are starting to have a big impact on local elections. From statehouse races to local council primaries, outside spending groups are starting to dominate down the ballot....
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This story was produced in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity. By almost any objective measure, the fledgling nation of South Sudan is an unmitigated disaster — reeling from a violent power struggle that’s left an estimated 50...
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The head of the D.C. police union said Friday on WAMU 88.5's The Politics Hour that the killing of five officers in Dallas underscores the danger police face every day. The union leader, Sgt. Ma...
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Former D.C Mayor Vincent Gray appears headed back to the D.C. Council after winning his primary race Tuesday. And when the new Council meets next year, Mayor Muriel Bowser will have fewer allies to work with. An emotional Gray arrived at his victory party in his home district of Ward 7 saying he felt vindicated. “I feel absolutely wonderful," Gray said. "I feel...
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Police strengthened security at Sunday’s Capital Pride DC festival following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The event along Pennsylvania Avenue in is one of the highlights of the two-day festival celebrating D.C.’s LGBT community, and the tragedy was on the minds of many in attendance. “I wasn’t going to come because I didn’t feel like celebrating...
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A new report by American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop looks at the role money and influence played in in the hotly contested merger between Pepco and Exelon. The report finds the public is often in the dark when it comes to spending by power companies th...
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A former aide to Vincent Gray has been sentenced to six months in prison for his role in an illegal, off-the-books effort that supported Gray in D.C.'s 2010 mayoral election.Vernon Hawkins, 77, apologized to the judge, his family, and the residents of D.C. in court today for lying to federal prosecutors during their investigation into the so-called shadow campaign funded by loc...
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D.C.’s delegate to Congress says the government should ban ethanol and other flammable substances from being transported by freight rail through densely-populated areas like Washington, D.C. When 16 cars derailed Sunday near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station in Northeast D.C., three of the cars contained hazardous materials. Some 750 gallons of corrosive sodium hydro...
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The derailment in Northeast D.C. of a freight rail train carrying hazardous chemicals is reigniting a debate over whether potentially dangerous materials should be hauled through the nation's capital. Thousands of gallons of sodium hydroxide, a corrosive chemical more commonly known as lye, spilled onto the tracks Sunday and seeped into the ground. It's unclear what caused...
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A coalition of four environmental groups is blasting Virginia Gov. Terry McAullife's record on climate change and clean-energy policies. The group gave McAullife a grade of "D+" and said that after two years in office, h...
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Maryland's presidential primaries went largely as expected, with front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump winning by solid margins Tuesday. Marylanders also ...
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A political “free-for-all” has broken out in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. With little disagreement on the issues ahead of next week’s primary, the talk often turns to money, as the scramble to win a rare, open seat for Congress in this “deep blue” district is likely to become this year’s most expensive House primary. For many who call Montgomery Count...
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Thanks to a court order, hundreds of pages previously sealed documents from the investigation into Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign have been released to the public. The biggest revelation in the records might be that prosecutors were trying to figure out whether Gray offered fringe mayoral candidate Leo Alexander a job to drop out of the race. The documents were relea...
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Late last year, federal prosecutors announced the long-running investigation into former Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign was over and that Gray would not face any charges. The sweeping investigation focused on how local contractor Jeffrey Thompson illegally funneled more than $650,000 into an off-the-books “shadow” campaign that helped Vincent Gray’s Democratic pr...
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Earlier this year, the District’s new U.S. Attorney, Channing E. Phillips, shut down the corruption probe into former Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign. While the long-running investigation netted a half-dozen plea agreements from people associated with infamous “shadow” campaign, investigators last December ...
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Updated 7:45 p.m. Two Super PACs with unknown donors have spent more than $1 million combined on Maryland's Senate primary, highlighting what campaign finance experts call a “disclosure loophole” for last-minute spending by these outside groups. One group, the Committee for Maryland’s Progress, started spending money on the race in late March and ha...
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Independent campaign groups are continuing to pour unprecedented amounts of money into Maryland's Senate race, and the cash is having an outsized influence on the Democratic primary between Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards. Both candidates are prominent members of the U.S. House, an...
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Opponents of the Pepco-Exelon merger are asking D.C. regulators to reconsider their decision to approve the deal. The D.C. Public Service Commission's vote last week to approve the merger caught many off guard, in part because so many entities involved in the deal opposed it, includi...