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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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This week, police chiefs from around the country gathered in D.C. to tackle a nationwide uptick in violent crime. Out of this summit came a handful of recommendations, but one stood out: sentencing reform. This tough-on-crime crowd says it's time to take a look at how to break the cycle of recidivism. Leaders with the police chiefs association say they would get be...
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A summer crime wave has police in D.C. — and around the country searching for answers. And with more violence over the weekend, the city’s homicide rate is now up 25 percent from last year. The latest homicide happened on 18th Street Northeast, right off Maryland Avenue. It’s a residential area. Neighbor Betty Claute has lived here for more than five decades. She’s ...
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Donald Trump, the current front-runner for the GOP nomination, is making good on a promise to sue one of D.C.'s most popular chefs. Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced earlier this month that he's ...
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Like other big cities across the U.S., the District is experiencing an increase in violent crime, especially murders. And to help understand find ways to combat the problem, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says she’s going to meet with other police chiefs from across the country. The homicide rate has jumped 20 percent since last year, with 82 people having been killed so f...
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It's been a violent summer in D.C. The murder rate is up 20 percent from last year. Thursday night, representatives from at least eight law enforcement and criminal justice agencies are meeting at New Samaratin Baptist Church in Northeast D.C. for a community event on public safety. The meeting was organized by D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie, chair of the pub...
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Metro Connection Segments East Potomac Park: Hidden Gem, Neglected Greenspace? ...
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As D.C. tries to combat the use of synthetic drugs, city officials are calling on hospitals and health officials to gather information on the scope of the problem. Authorities say synthetic drugs are easy to buy, hard to regulate and can be dangerous because users have no idea what they are putting in their bodies. In recent months there have been a spike in overdoses from ...
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A so-called “scarlet letter” bill that targets people who commit sexual violence on college campuses in D.C. has sparked debate among universities and advocates. The proposal by D.C. Council Member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) would require colleges in D.C. to put a prominent notation on the academic transcripts of students found guilty of violating the school’s code for ...
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D.C. is getting high marks in a new report that ranks the health of “democracy” in each state. The Center for American Progress Action Fund — a left-leaning advocacy group — ranked the District as the fourth healthiest democracy in the U.S....
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Supporters and opponents of D.C.'s Death With Dignity Act packed the council chambers at city hall Friday as the District considers right-to-die legislation. The District is debating whether to join the handful of states that would give terminally ill patients who qualify the right to seek prescription drugs in order to end their life. Susan Farris, a District res...
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Should terminally ill patients have the right to end their lives? The debate over the issue comes to the D.C. Council on Friday morning. The Council's health committee will hold a public hearing on the “Death with Dignity Act” introduced earlier this year...
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D.C. is getting high marks in a new report that ranks the "health" of democracy in each state. The Center for American Progress Action Fund — a left-leaning advocacy group — ranked the District as the fourth healthiest democracy in the U...
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For the second time in less than a week, a false report of gunfire forced authorities to lockdown a prominent military institution.  The Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda was shutdown and employees were ordered to shelter in place for several hours today after someone on the campus reported hearing a gun shot.  Officers from local and federal agencies swarme...
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Stores that get caught selling synthetic drugs in D.C. will now face steep fines and penalties. Synthetic marijuana is often sold under different names, like K2 or Spice. The drugs are hard to regulate but easy to find. Officials say they're being sold all over D.C., in gas stations, liquor stores and other retail outlets. But these drugs aren't harmless, according to exper...
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Lawmakers in the District may speed up the plan to cut taxes for residents and city businesses. Last year, the D.C. Council signed off on a wide-ranging, five-year plan to revise the city’s tax code. Part of the plan included tax cuts for most households in the city. It was supposed to kick in during 2017, but an unexpected boost in revenue has made it possible accelerate ...
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D.C.’s push to become the 51st state received a boost today as Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware) re-introduced a statehood bill. With a Republican-controlled Congress, the odds of the “The New Columbia Admission Act” gaining traction on Capitol Hill are slim. But as Josh Burch, a grassroots activist with Neighbors United for D.C. Statehood, explains, the bill is an importan...
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For the residents fighting to stay in their subsidized building in the heart of D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood, it’s not just the District’s dwindling stock of affordable housing that’s at stake — it's also the future of the city’s Chinese-American population. By some estimates, half of the District’s Chinese-American residents live in the Museum Square apartmen...
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One of D.C.'s best-known houses of worship held a vigil Friday for the victims of this week's shootings in Charleston. The pews of Metropolitan AME church were filled with people of all faiths and backgrounds as the religious community in D.C. remembered those killed by a gunman during bible study at Emanuel AME church in South Carolina. Throughout the prayer vigi...
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An new audit finds uneven progress in D.C’s promise to reform its Fire and Emergency Medical Services department following the 2006 death of New York Times journalist David Rosenbaum. Nearly a decade after the Rosenbaum Ta...
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A former D.C. government official who helped channel more than $100,000 in youth drug prevention grant funds to instead pay for an inaugural ball has been sentenced to more than 30 days in jail. Neil Rodgers was found guilty of fraud by a jury earlier this spring. He joins a long list of former D.C. Council members, campaign aides and others who have been convicted on variou...