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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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There's another candidate in the race for D.C. Attorney General. The D.C. Council tried to delay the election—in part because members feared no one would enter the race. That's not a problem in this contest. The latest candidate is Lateefah Williams, a 37-year-old attorney who once worked as counsel to the state Senate delegation in Prince George's County. Willi...
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A power failure at the District's communication center affected 911 services and severely impacted the radio communications system used by police for five minutes. Officials say it happened yesterday at just before 1 p.m. when the city's Unified Communications Center lost power. The center handles 911 calls for the police and fire departments. Authorities say the...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says better planning is needed to prevent a "cannibalistic environment'' between charter schools and traditional public schools. Henderson's comments to ...
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Advocates for D.C. autonomy are calling on local residents to boycott some popular vacation spots along Maryland’s Eastern Shore after that region’s congressman moved to block the District’s new marijuana law. Republican congressman Andy Harris, who represents Ocean City and other parts of the Eastern Shore, made news last week when he introduced a budget amendment in ...
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The U.S. men's national soccer team takes on Belgium today in the knockout round of the World Cup, and it looks like fans will their pick of outdoor venues where they can watch the big game on a big screen. Since the organizers of those big Dupont Circle watch parties announced they didn't have the cash to host another U.S. soccer match on the big screen, the District govern...
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A state delegate in Virginia's Henrico County is facing criminal charges over an alleged sexual relationship with a teenage girl. A special grand jury has issued five indictments against Delegate Joseph Morrissey, a Democrat from Henrico County. The felony charges include indecent liberties with a minor, as well as possession and solicitation of child pornography. ...
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Organizers of the Fort Reno concert series are expected to meet with the National Park Service later today. The popular summer tradition in northwest D.C. was cancelled after organizers said new regulations imposed by the federal government would be too costly. Organizers say that for the first time in more than four decades, the U.S. Park Police has ordered that ...
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The D.C. Council is considering a deal for the proposed soccer stadium in Southwest D.C. Council members say they're on board with a new stadium in southwest D.C., but several have concerns about how the deal is structured. The deal hinges on the city trading away land at 14th and U Streets NW — a hot spot for development — to a developer in return for land where the st...
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Singer Chris Brown was close to a plea deal in his assault case that would have kept him out of jail, but the talks have fallen apart because prosecutors and defense attorneys can't agree on what the singer would acknowledge happened last year. Brown was arrested in October outside a hotel and charged with misdemeanor assault. A fan accused the singer of hitting him when he ...
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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be Maryland's Democratic nominee for governor after soundly defeating the field in a low-turnout election. At times, it was a bruising primary, filled with negative ads and sharp-elbowed debates, and the early primary date didn't help either as voter turnout was low across the board. But all that matters is the final result—and it was a clear, r...
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Another D.C. Council candidate is admitting to taking part in an illegal campaign finance scheme that was orchestrated by businessman Jeffrey Thompson. Jeff Smith, a candidate for the Ward 1 race in 2010, admitted in court to receiving illegal, shadow campaign funds from Jeffrey Thompson, a prominent city contractor, and then conspiring to cover up the off-the-books contribu...
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The National Zoo is adding three new Asian elephants to its herd, and they will make their public debut this week. The female elephants arrived in May from the Calgary Zoo in Canada. They have been in quarantine for 30 days and will join the zoo's herd of four existing elephants on Monday. The new elephants include 39-year-old Kamala, 39-year-old Swarna and 23-ye...
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It's been five years since a deadly crash on Metro's red line killed nine people and injured dozens of others. To honor those killed, the city is building a memorial in Northeast D.C. City leaders, such as D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), say they want to build a solemn, peaceful place to remember the lives lost in the 2009 crash. "What this memorial ...
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The D.C. Council plan to cut taxes has hit a snag after the city's chief financial officer says he can't sign off on the proposed budget. CFO Jeffrey Dewitt says he can't certify the proposed budget and its sweeping package of tax cuts until the Counc...
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins  in a ruling on Wednesday, saying the team's name is offensive to Native Americans. "We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they ...
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House Republicans want to slash funding for D.C.'s college tuition program, but city leaders expect the popular program to remain intact. House Republicans want to cut DC TAG — the city's tuition assistance program — by a third, reducing the budget from $30 million to $20 million. D.C.'s delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton believes the Senate will restor...
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Washington, D.C., is in the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. It's one of four cities to make the US Olympic Committee's final cut; the others are Boston, LA and San Francisco. The group leading the effort to bring the games to Washington is known as DC2024. Vice chair Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Wizards and Capitals, said in a statement that the i...
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Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder has hired a lobbying firm to defend the team name on Capitol Hill, a move that comes as members of Congress are stepping up pressure on the NFL to force a name change. Lobbying disclosure forms show Snyder has hired McGuireWoods — a well-known K street lobbying firm — for help with, in the words of the filing, discussions about the "t...
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D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Kenneth Ellerbe will step down next month after serving for three years in the Gray administration. It wasn’t a smooth tenure for Chief Ellerbe. The firefighters union and the chief clashed often. Members of the D.C. Council called for h...
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The D.C. Council's decision to delay the election of an independent attorney general is backfiring. An appeals court has ruled the city must hold the election as soon as possible. In 2010, D.C. voters went to the polls and overwhelmingly supported a referendum creating an elected attorney general position. That election was supposed to take place this year, but in a close vo...