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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.


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The IRS has seized records from the Park Southern housing complex. The building in southeast D.C. has become a flashpoint in the mayor's race over alleged mismanagement. According to residents who live at Park Southern, the building has fallen into disrepair and they accu...
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In the race to become D.C.'s next mayor, Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser continues to hold a significant fundraising edge over her opponents. The latest campaign finance reports show Bowser has $1 million dollars left to spend, roughly double the war chest of her chief rival, independent candidate ...
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There’s new controversy surrounding a troubled housing complex in southeast D.C. and its politically-connected managers. Lawyers for the city are now asking that the building be sold because its finances were “grossly mismanaged.” Park Southern is an apartment complex for low-income residents in Ward 8. The building, which was backed by a $3 million city loan, fell int...
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Police in Prince George's County say a 3-year-old girl is dead after being struck by gunfire. Police say they were called to the 6900 block of Forest Terrace in Landover on Sunday and discovered the child. The girl was taken to the hospital, where she died. Police say there was a fight between two men at the residence and that one man left and returned to open fi...
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Fundraising reports for candidates vying to be D.C.'s next mayor are due in today, and the the size of their war chests could offer hints as to how the competitive election will turn out. So far, Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser has held the strong fundraising edge over her opponents in the general election. She out-raised independent candidate David Catania by a 2-1 margin...
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Former D.C. council member Carol Schwartz is submitting more than 6,500 petition signatures to get her name on the mayoral ballot for the fifth time. Schwartz, an independent, is challenging two current council members, Democrat Muriel Bowser and independent David Catania. Schwartz needed 3,000 signatures to make the ballot. She said Wednesday that she collected sig...
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D.C. Council Member David Catania has filed his petition signatures in his bid to become the city’s next mayor. He only needs 3,000 signatures to clear the bar, and he turned in more than twice that—although the validity of the signatures could still be questioned by a rival campaign. Catania, an independent, dropped the petitions off himself at the city’s board of ele...
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The legal wrangling over D.C.'s gun laws continues, and gun rights activists who are suing the city over its ban on handguns in public say the judge shouldn't postpone his ruling past 90 days. Last week, Judge Frederick Scullin ruled that D.C.'s ban on people carrying h...
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Council member Marion Barry says he is “OK” after being involved in a car crash that sent him to the hospital. Barry — who is diabetic — said on Twitter that he became disoriented when his blood sugar dropped and that led to, in Barry’s words, a minor “fender bender." The former mayor was cited by police for driving on the wrong side of the street, dri...
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Plan to add extra time to your commute this week if you work in downtown D.C. The 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is expected to cause major delays for cars and Metro buses. More than 40 heads of state from Africa are in D.C. this week for the event, the first time an American president will convene a meeting of Africa's leaders. The three-day event is aimed at boosting coo...
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The only son of former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry has been jailed after he was caught driving on a revoked license. Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Barry has had several recent brushes with the law, including an arrest in May near the White House for driving under the influence of drugs. His license had already been revoked, and he was ordered not to drive unt...
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A District official has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a homeless person in Dupont Circle and yelling a racial slur. Police say Leo Dwyer, an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner who represents the Dupont Circle neighborhood, was arrested yesterday and charged with simple assault. The incident happened early Monday morning. According a pol...
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The federal judge who struck down the District's ban on carrying handguns outside the home is staying his order. Judge Frederick Scullin has agreed to postpone his ruling that overturns D.C.'s ban on handguns in public for 90 days. The city's attorney general — in c...
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Lawmakers in D.C. are scrambling to respond after a federal judge overturned D.C.'s ban against carrying guns outside the home on Saturday. Police in the District are no longer arresting people for carrying handguns in public and D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan ...
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D.C. Council member David Catania is calling for his opponent in the mayor’s race, Council member Muriel Bowser, to return campaign contributions that he says are “tainted” because of their financial connections to the controversy involving a troubled housing complex in Southeast D.C. At issue is Bowser’s involvement in a dispute between the city and two political su...
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A Senate subcommittee has approved a major spending bill that would grant D.C. full control over its local budget and laws. The appropriations bill released publicly on Thursday represents a stark contrast to a spending bill approved by the House in terms of its effect on the District. The House version would invalidate the city's strict gun-control policies and bar the Dis...
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As D.C. Council members debate the proposal for a new soccer stadium in southwest Washington, much of the controversy surrounding the deal involves a plot of land across town in northwest D.C. To make the D.C. United soccer stadium work, the Council needs sign off on land swaps between the city and private developers. Basically, the city trades taxpayer-owned parcels in retu...
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D.C. Police are trying to track down former Washington Redskins tight-end Fred Davis. The football player has been charged with assault in connection to a domestic violence incident in Northwest D.C. last month. The incident happened on June 2 at 3 a.m. in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Police are trying to locate Davis, who lives in Leesburg, Virginia. Police list the tight...
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Rep. Andy Harris, the Maryland congressman behind the effort to block D.C.’s new marijuana decriminalization law, may soon be hearing from city residents about more than just pot — potholes, in fact. If Harris wants to act like a D.C. Council member, he should be treated like one — that’s the message behind D.C. Vote’s ...
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An employee with the social security administration in D.C. has been sentenced to a year and half in prison for accepting bribes Federal prosecutors say Christopher Payton, a Social Security Specialist, pocketed more than $50,000 in bribes. In return, he helped more than a dozen people receive extra, unauthorized benefits. Payton, a Maryland resident, was based out...