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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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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...
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In a town where ex-politicians often enjoy staying in the spotlight when they leave office, Vincent Gray has kept a low profile. But the former D.C. mayor is now speaking publicly — and he’s not ruling out a potential return to politics. Since losing last year’s Democratic primary to current mayor Muriel Bowser, Gray has stuck to the sidelines. He didn’t endorse any...
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For the past few years, HBO series Veep has filmed in Maryland in part because of generous tax breaks. But now the show may be heading to Hollywood. California is offering the show a big subsidy to film on the West Coast. Veep follows the ups and downs of a politician played by Julia Louis Dreyfus. Set in Washington, the program has been filmed in...
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Virginia is making a last-minute pitch to DC United to scrap its deal with the District and instead move into a new stadium in Loudoun County. Last year, the D.C. Council approved a deal to build the most expensive major league soccer stadium ever built: a $300-plus million stadium in Southwest Washington, with taxpayers picking up roughly half the tab. But that m...
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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 ...