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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 debate over how high D.C.'s buildings should be is heading to Capitol Hill. California congressman Darryl Issa is holding a hearing Monday on potential changes to D.C.'s Height Act, the century-old federal law which restricts building heights in the city. Last week, the National Capital Planning Commission voted to recommend that the law ...
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The new giant panda cub will be named on Sunday, her 100th day of life, following Chinese tradition. Spokeswoman Anna-Lisa Myer says the zoo held an online contest to name the baby panda and the winner will be announced Sunday during a special ceremony. "We received over 123,000 online votes to name the panda, so it was pandamonium with voting and with a nonpartisan voting e...
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A roof over Nationals Park? Probably not going to happen, at least not with taxpayer funds. In mid-July the owner of the Washington Nationals met with Mayor Vincent Gray to ask that the city spend $300 million to build a roof over Nationals Park, a request that Gray quickly shot down. The news of the request by owner Ted Lerner was ...
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After telling D.C.'s sole candidate for attorney general to stop raising money last week, now the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has reversed course and will allow Paul Zukerberg to continue taking in contributions and spending money on his campaign. Last week OCF told Zu...
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The D.C. government has told attorney general candidate Paul Zukerberg to stop campaigning for the position. The defense attorney is battling the city to keep the position on next year's ballot after the D.C. Council moved to delay the election.  In 2010, D.C. voters went to the polls and overwhelmingly supported a referendum creating an elected attorney general position...
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R&B singer Chris Brown won't have to appear for a scheduled court date in D.C. Superior Court today. A D.C. Superior court Judge agreed to let Brown waive his scheduled appearance which was supposed to happen later today. Brown is facing a misdemeanor assault charge. He and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were arrested last month on charges of punching a man outside ...
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A D.C. Council committee on Monday unanimously approved raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, up from the current rate of $8.25. The bill would raise the minimum wage to one of the highest in the nation. It would be phased in over three years and indexed for inflation. "We often hear that the District is one city bound by common destiny, but the sad fact that D...
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A Republican congressman caught with cocaine by authorities in D.C. was sentenced to a year of probation. Florida representative Trey Radel had little to say to reporters as he left D.C. Superior Court following his guilty plea on Wednesday morning. The freshman congressman was busted three weeks ago in Dupont Circle after buying cocaine from an undercover agent. Poli...
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Labor groups are launching a referendum effort in D.C. to raise the minimum wage to $12.50 an hour. After failing to get the so-called living wage bill targeting retailers like Walmart signed into law, activists want to take their fight to District voters and push for an across-the-board wage hike. Outside city hall on Tuesday, labor organizers and clergy members...
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D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) says he's building consensus for the city to approve a minimum wage of $11.50 an hour, which would be one of the nation's highest. Orange tells The Associated Press that he will propose that the city establish the same minimum wage being considered in neighboring Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Orange chair...
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 D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses in the nation's capitol. Unless Congress decides to intervene — which isn't considered likely — starting May 1 next year, undocumented immigrants will be able to drive in D.C. using what mayor Gray calls "limited purpose drivers licenses." The two-tiered ...
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A federal judge says its too early to take action on the lawsuit that seeks to block the D.C. Council from delaying next year's attorney general election. In 2010, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum mandating an elected attorney general. The election was supposed to take place next year but in October the D.C. Council passed a bill delaying it because some lawm...
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D.C.'s insurance commissioner has been fired after questioning President Obama's proposed fix to the Affordable Care Act. According to the Washington Post,...
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D.C.'s attorney general is offering a compromise in his fight with federal prosecutors over the ongoing probe into city government corruption. The U.S. Attorney's office wants the city to turn over records that deal with the Gray adminis...
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Federal prosecutors say the D.C. attorney general's office is withholding documents relevant to their ongoing investigation of corruption in city politics. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said in a statement Wednesday that "the district's withholding of relevant documents is currently preventing federal investigators from fully understanding actions taken by district officials.'...
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D.C.'s mayoral campaign is off and running as the candidates held their first debate on Wednesday night. The stage at the debate at a downtown law firm was crowded: four D.C. Council members — Jack Evans, Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells, and Vincent Orange — and a pair of self-described outsiders, former State Department official Reta Jo Lewis and restaurant owner Andy Shallal...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Andy Shallal, the owner of the restaurant chain Busboys and Poets, has officially entered the D.C. mayoral race. ...
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On this Veterans Day, the District is honoring two of the original Tuskegee Airmen with the Congressional Gold Medal. Mayor Vincent Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will commemorate the day by laying a wreath at the African American Civil War Memorial. Later, a separate commemoration will follow at the African American Civil War Museum for two D.C. residents who served w...
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A federal judge is expected to rule this week on a lawsuit to keep the election for D.C. attorney general on next year's ballot. In 2010 D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved a charter amendment mandating an elected attorney general — the election was supposed to take place next year but in October the D.C. Council narrowly passed a bill delaying it because some lawmakers ...