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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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The D.C. Council has given initial approval to a bill decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a $25 civil fine — less than a parking ticket. There would be no jail time and no criminal record. But concern over widespread pot use in public caused Council members to add language to ...
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Outside money continues to pour into the D.C. mayor's race as the candidates scramble to raise campaign cash. An analysis of the reported campaign filings finds more than 40 percent of the money donated to the city's mayoral candidates is from outside the city. By far, most of that cash came from neighboring Maryland, which accounts for one out of every five dollars raised by ...
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In the race for a D.C. Council seat, a long-time Democrat is dropping out to run as an independent — and it may be a sign of things to come. Longtime city activist Bryan Weaver announced on Wednesday that he's exiting the April 1 primary race for the Ward 1 seat on the D.C. Council, setting up a one-on-one contest between incumbent council member Jim Graham and Brianne Nadae...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says an investigation is underway after reports that city firefighters didn't come to the aid of a man who collapsed across the street from a fire station. Relatives of Medric Cecil Mills, 77, say he went into cardiac arrest on Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot and later died. They say several people went across the street to the fire ...
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D.C.'s homeless shelters are so crowded the city is paying for hundreds of families to stay at hotels in Maryland. Council member Tommy Wells — who is running for mayor — calls the situation a "failure" by the current administration. In the parking lot of a hotel in Prince George's County where D.C. is paying for homeless families to stay, Wells placed the blame squarely ...
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D.C. Council member and former mayor Marion Barry has been released from Howard University Hospital after a 16-day stay. Barry's spokeswoman LaToya Foster says he was released Monday. Barry's office has not specified what the 77-year-old was being treated for. The former four-term mayor has suffered from a variety of ailments, including prostate cancer and diabetes. ...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is defending the department after a string of high-profile arrests involving Metropolitan Police Department officers. There was one officer arrested for pimping teenage girls. Another was busted for child pornography. And a third was just arrested for attempting to kill his wife. The arrests led to an emergency D.C. Council hearing last ...
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Cold Help To help someone in need of shelter, you can call the hypothermia hotline at 1-800-535-7252 or just dial 3-1-1. The Mid-Atlantic region is digging out and bundling up after a storm that dumped inches of snow gives way to dangerously cold temperatures. The District is turning a handful of recreation cente...
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In D.C., more than 200 snow plows will hit the streets as the city prepare for the upcoming winter storm. The trucks will deploy as part of a three-pronged attack for the city's so-called "Snow Team." First, crews applied brine and beet juice to bridges and other elevated structures to prevent ice from forming. Once the snow starts to fall, the trucks will begin s...
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In the rough and tumble world of D.C. politics, few events can top the intensity of a ward straw poll. And the first contest of this year's mayor's race — Saturday's Ward 8 straw poll — didn't disappoint. Straw polls are unscientific. The results are non-binding. But these contests — held by the local Democratic Party committee in each of the city's eight wards ...
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American Airlines is cutting flights at Reagan National Airport because of its merger with US Airways. The end result could mean fewer direct flights to smaller cities around the country. In an effort to win government approval for their merger, American and US Airways agreed to give up space at the airport. In return, the federal government dropped an anti-trust lawsuit that...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a bill raising the city's minimum wage to $11.50 by 2016. The bill, which was unanimously passed by the D.C. Council in late November, comes amid a growing national debate over the minimum wage. Facing the prospects of Congress ...
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As support for legalizing marijuana grows in D.C., local lawmakers have advanced legislation that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of the drug. The bill would make the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil fine of $25, less than a parking ticket in most cases. A D.C. Council committee voted unanimously to send the measure to the full Council f...
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Mayor Vincent Gray is polling at twice his closest competitor in the Democratic mayoral primary, according to a new poll published today by The Washington Post. Regardless, his marc...
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D.C.'s attorney general says he has turned over documents to the U.S. Attorney's office relating to a settlement between the city and a former Medicaid contractor at the center of a federal investigation into D.C. government corruption. Attorney General Irvin Nathan says he will release records relating to a $7.5 million settlement between the district and D.C. Chartered Hea...
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A New York-based charter school operator has agreed to take over a large public charter school in Washington that was nearly closed last year for poor academic performance. The Washington Post reports that Democracy Prep will take over the Imagine Southeast school beginning this summer. The group says it plans to continue offering single-sex classes at the school. ...
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As the race for mayor picks up steam in D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray officially launched his bid for re-election over the weekend in Southeast Washington. As part of the 2014 campaign kick-off, Gray started off by apologizing for his last mayoral campaign. Gray told a crowded auditorium Saturday that he knows the 2010 campaign caused great pain and the city suffered  great emb...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is calling her Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill “bullies” after she was denied the opportunity to speak at a hearing about an abortion bill that affects D.C. residents. The bill before congress would, among other things, permanently ban DC from spending its local funds on abortion services for low-income women and it would also define ...
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The District is considering a plan to ban styrofoam food containers. Supporters say the move will help clean up the Anacostia River, but critics are raising doubts. There are eleven different bills in Mayor Vincent Gray's package of environmental legislation, but its one measure that seems to be grabbing all the attention — a plan to ban styrofoam containers at restaurant...