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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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Following an immigration reform rally on the Mall today, approximately 200 people marched to the Capitol building and were arrested for civil disobedience after staging a sit-in. Immigration reform activists were gathered in the District to urge Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Among the estimated 20,000 activists were nearly 300 faith leaders representing 1...
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As federal government shutdown drags on into its second day, the District government remains open and running. So far, Mayor Vincent Gray's strategy of declaring all city services "essential" is paying off. So far, neither Congress nor the White Hous...
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In 2010, voters in D.C. overwhelmingly approved a referendum to create an elected attorney general position. That election was supposed to be next year, but the D.C. Council is pushing it back. More than 90,000 District residents may have voted to create an independent, elected attorney general, but it took only seven votes to derail it. By a 7-6 margin the Council voted to ...
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The D.C. Council approved a measure that allows local workers to remain on the job and get paid during the partial federal government shutdown. The council approved emergency legislation that would pay tens of thousands of municipal workers out of contingency and emergency cash reserve funds. Officials say the funds would support government operations for a couple of weeks if...
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An aquarium that opened its doors to visitors in 1885 is closing its doors in the District. The National Aquarium is closing its Washington location after the last visitors leave Monday. Officials announced in May that the aquarium must move out of the U.S. Department of Commerce building due to renovations. The aquarium has been housed at the site near the Nation...
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D.C.'s new health care exchange will debut Tuesday, but will be missing a key feature. The online marketplaces are a key part of President Obama's health care law. The District and 16 states are running their own exchanges, while other states are partnering with the federal government or leaving it to the feds entirely. District officials said Wednesday that the ...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is tapping Jeff DeWitt, chief financial officer of Phoenix, Ariz. to take over the same post in Washington. DeWitt, who would take over for retiring CFO Natwar Gandhi, says he's used to challenges. He took over as the Phoenix CFO in 2009, right around the time the city's finances took a nose dive during the great recession. "Suddenly you g...
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The District government is bracing for a potential federal government shutdown. In the past, that could mean the partial loss of trash pickup and many other city services. Now lawmakers are mulling a plan to defy Congress and keep the city government open. A spokesperson for D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson confirms that a bill will be introduced next Tuesday deeming all ...
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Two D.C. council members are defending their vote not to punish Marion Barry for accepting cash payments from city contractors. For the second time in three years, the D.C. Council is poised to strip Marion Barry of his committee chairmanship for violating the city's ethics rules. Barry accepted nearly $7,000 in cash from a pair of city contractors. The ethics board fi...
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The Arlington County Board has approved a development for Pentagon City that could add a 22-story high-rise to the area, as well as four other office buildings. The board voted unanimously over the weekend to approve Vornado/Charles E. Smith's plans to build as much as 1.8 million square feet of commercial space. (See the full plan ...
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While investigators continue to piece together what happened at the Navy Yard during last week's deadly shooting, a report suggests a key law enforcement agency was left out of the loop. Within hours of the Navy Yard shootings, the FBI was tracing the gunman's recent purchase of a shotgun, sending agents to the shop in Northern Virginia where he bought it. That jo...
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The D.C. government is looking into compensating homeowners who lost their properties through the city's tax lien program. After a Washington Post investigation detailed how elderly residents lost their homes because of small unpaid tax bills that ballooned into much ...
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With the "living wage" bill targeting Walmart officially dead thanks to a veto from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, the big box retailer says its ready to start hiring local residents. Walmart says it's expediting plans for its first two stores in D.C. and is opening t...
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D.C. will once again try to tighten its campaign finance rules to prevent donors from "bundling" checks through related corporate entities. The process of developers and other businesses making multiple contributions to individual candidates through limited liability corporations is so common that it has its own name—the LLC loophole. It's legal, but as many critics point...
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In the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says Virginia's gun laws have made the District less safe. Just days before the alleged gunman Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 people, law enforcement officials say he purchased a shotgun at a gun store in Virginia, passing all of the state and federal background checks. Now two days after the mass ...
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On Tuesday the D.C. Council voted to censure Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) for accepting $6,800 in cash from two city contractors. For the second time in three years, the former four-time mayor was censured by his colleagues, and once again it looks like Barry will be stripped of his committee chairmanship. Barry and several supporters on the council tri...
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Walmart and other large retailers won't be required to pay their employees a "living wage'' of at least $12.50 an hour in the District of Columbia — at least not right away. The D.C. Council failed to override Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of the wage bill on ...
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The D.C. Council is holding its first legislative session since breaking for summer recess, and members will be getting right back to business with several key issues up for a vote. The biggest vote planned for today is the potential override of Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of the so-called living wage bill that targets Walmart and other large retailers. Eight council...
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After Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of the so-called living wage bill, the spotlight now turns to D.C. Council, which will vote next Tuesday on a possible override of Gray's veto. Eight council members voted to approve the bill in July, and nine will be needed to override a mayoral ...