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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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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he wants the city's Department of General Services to get out of the business of government contracting. The legislative proposal by Mendelson (D) comes as the D.C. Council prepares to investigate a controversial shakeup at the agency. DGS oversees billions of doll...
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Earlier this election cycle, it looked as though Virginia had lost its status a battleground state. Some polls showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by double digits. Things have chan...
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D.C. is requiring police officers to verbally acknowledge that their body cameras are turned on before responding to a call, following the fatal shooting of motorcyclist that wasn’t caught on video. Terrence Sterling, 31, was fatally shot by a Metropolitan Police Department officer over the weekend. The officer didn’t activate his body-worn camera until after the incid...
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A lawyer representing one of the employees forced out in the controversial staff shakeup at D.C.'s Department of General Services says his client Yinka Alao may have been fired to appease a major donor to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Alao and another employee, Ca...
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D.C. Council member Mary Cheh says she plans on holding hearings on a recent staff shakeup at the city department that awards major public construction projects. Cheh (D-Ward 3) says she wants to find out what exactly happened at the Department of General Services and is hoping for subpoena power to require people to testify. ...
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The head of the D.C. Department of General Services has resigned and two top staffers are being forced out after a company that has been a key contributor to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s campaigns lost out on two major city construction contracts, sources tell WAMU 88.5. The sources say the shakeup comes after Fort Myer Construction failed to win city contracts for infrastructur...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier will retire next month from the department she's led for the last 10 years. The announcement came via a tweet from the Metropolitan Police Department, and later from an email she sent to employees. Her last day on the job is Sept. 17. "I came to this difficult decision with mixed emotions, but in the end, I am confident that MPD has the most ex...
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Updated 6 p.m. Jeffrey Thompson, the mastermind behind a decade-long campaign finance scheme that pumped millions of illegal dollars into D.C.’s elections, is going to jail after all. A federal judge sentenced Thompson to three months behind...
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The mastermind behind hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to D.C. politicians will be sentenced in court Monday. Fundraiser Jeffrey Thompson was the key figure in a long-running federal investigation that led to several guilty pleas by campaign officials. Thompson pleaded guilty to illegally funneling money into off-the-books, “sha...
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D.C.'s Office of the People's Counsel — the city's advocate for utility ratepayers — says it will appeal the merger between Pepco and Exelon. The office announced Friday that it will formally ask the D.C. Court of Appeals to look at city regulators' decision to approve the $7 billion deal and whether the process was "legally sound" an...
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Campaign finance experts have long warned that big spending by outside groups would one day expand from the national stage and start influencing local races where down-ballot spending can have an outsized influence. It looks like that day is finally here, judging by the latest D.C. campaign finance records. An out-of-state super PAC supported by organized labor pumped thousa...
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The group WikiLeaks is offering a $20,000 reward for information on the murder of a former Democratic National Committee staffer who was killed in D.C. last month. Seth Rich, 27, was killed last month in Bloomingdale, a neighborhood in Northwest Washington. Police believe Rich was killed in an attempted robbery, although his wallet and other belongings were not taken. Rich w...
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A powerful rainstorm brought catastrophic flooding to Ellicott City, Maryland, on Saturday. Virtually every home or business along Main Street sustained at least some damage, and the cost of repairs could reach the hundreds of millions of dollars, said Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman. We spoke with Jeffrey B. Halverson, a professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore Count...
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Like just about every building on Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, the HorseSpirit Arts Gallery was ravaged by a sudden flood Saturday night. Gallery owner Robin Holliday describes the powerful rush of water that turned historic Main Street into a disaster zone, and how she felt her "fight or flight" instinct kick in. The ...
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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...