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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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In this special documentary co-produced by Reveal, WAMU 88.5 investigative reporter Patrick Madden examines how the charge of assaulting a police officer, which is meant to shield police from danger, also can be used as a tactic against citizens in D.C....
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Maryland Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) says he’s running to fill representative Chris Van Hollen’s seat in Congress. With Van Hollen leaving his seat in the house to run for the senate, there is now an opening for Maryland’s 8th congressional district seat, which includes parts of Carroll, Frederick and Montgomery Counties. Raskin is the second Democrat to...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the city’s new attorney general — Karl Racine — are at odds over how much power the attorney general’s office should have. Last year, D.C. voters for the first time ever cast ballots to elect city’s attorney general. Previously, the city’s top lawyer had been appointed by the mayor. The independent attorney general positio...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is pledging to not only keep the streetcar system alive but to extend it all the way from Georgetown to Ward 7. That was one of several surprise announcements during her ...
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The attorney general’s office in D.C. is hiring an outside lawyer to review whether a faulty police database withheld key information from defendants during their trials. Lawyers for the city started to realize they might have a big problem on their hands during a DUI trial in late January. A police officer was testifying, and it soon became clear that some of t...
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D.C. officials admit a computer glitch is causing problems for the city’s ambulance system. The announcement comes days after a young boy died after choking on a grape — and D.C. didn’t send the closest ambulance to the boy’s house. The new technology paramedics are using to connect with dispatchers to keep tabs on where ambulances and fire engines are located is ap...
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A glitch in a Metropolitan Police Department database has prosecutors in D.C. scrambling to find out whether key information was withheld from defense attorneys. In any criminal case, prosecutors must turn over any information to the defense that may help the client. The question right now is whether any key details from police reports were hidden from prosecutors because of...
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Local business groups in D.C. are criticizing Louisiana Senator David Vitter’s investigation into Congress and the city's health insurance exchange. When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it allowed federal lawmakers and their staffers to buy into D.C.'s health exchange that was set-up for small businesses with less than 50 employees. Vitter has said that...
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Roughly half the hate crimes reported to police in Montgomery County last year appear to have been anti-Jewish, according to a new report by police. Most of the anti-Semitic incidents were acts of vandalism, including examples of swastika graffiti at homes, schools and syna...
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The D.C. government has been ordered to pay $9.2 million to a District man wrongly imprisoned for more than two decades. Kirk Odom spent 22 years in prison for the rape and robbery of a woman in Southeast D.C. His conviction was overturned and he was released from prison in 2012 after DNA testing ...
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D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) says the District’s public service commission should reject the merger between Pepco and energy giant Exelon. While the federal government and several other states have approved the deal, the District’s public service commission has yet to sign off on the merger. Exelon and Pepco must show regulators that the deal serves the “pu...
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As some in D.C. celebrate the new law legalizing marijuana, there are new concerns about whether police will be able to stop people from smoking marijuana in public.  Under the new law, it’s legal to carry up to two ounces of marijuana in public but the dr...
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As D.C. lawmakers look to boost the academic prospects of black and Hispanic boys, some are questioning why minority female students don’t receive the same treatment. Minority male students make up 43 percent of the District of Columbia public school system. Test scores, a...
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Smoke incidents continue to rattle the Metro system as federal investigators probe last month’s deadly incident on the Yellow Line, with several reports of smoke at Metro stations during the weekend. Firefighters responded to three reports of smoke at Metro...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } The long-delayed streetcar system could face more delays as investigators try to figure out why a brief “flash fire” broke out on top of a streetcar during testing along H Street in Northeast D.C. on Saturday. In response to the inci...
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Rabbi Barry Freundel has pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping dozens of women and now faces up to 52 years in prison. Freundel, a prominent rabbi who had led the Kesher Israel synagogue in Georgetown, was silent as he left the courthouse. Instead his lawyer, Jeffrey Harris, told reporters "the rabbi decided to plead guilty for his actions, which he now understands now to b...
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The world of modern art is no stranger to controversy. But it's usually the artists and their work — not the development decisions of a new mayor — that spark outrage. Not this time. Everyone from ...
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The Washington Monument is perhaps D.C.’s most iconic structure. And for the first time ever — on President’s Day no less — the federal government is releasing its official architectural height. Fans of the author Dan Brown and others who may subscribe numerical significance to DC’s most famous obelisk may need to sit down before hearing this: The official height o...
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A pair of D.C. Council members say they back the school chancellor’s plan to provide more resources to minority male students. The proposal has been questioned by some for helping one group of students but not others. The “Empowering Males of Color” initiative includes an all-boys high school as well as other support programs. All told, its expected to cost $20 millio...
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The head of the FBI spoke at Georgetown University Thursday about one of the thorniest and pressing issues of the day: the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities. After the incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, FBI Director James Comey said there needs to be "healthy dialogue" before “the opportunity drifts away.” ...