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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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Wisconsin Avenue is getting a $3 million dollar facelift, as Maryland officials launch two resurfacing projects along the roadway to improve driving conditions. That may eventually mean a better commute, but drivers should brace for extra traffic and delays during construction. The resurfacing will take place at two parts: a one-mile strip of Wisconsin Avenue about a mile lon...
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A gospel singer who said God delivered him from being gay was removed from a concert lineup at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial after a request from D.C.'s mayor. The Washington Post reported that singer Donnie McClurkin was scheduled to perform at the concert Saturday evening to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Several gay rights activities object...
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In the District, city officials say they are making changes at the D.C. Jail to reduce the number of suicides. Four inmates have killed themselves in the jail since last fall, including three in just the past two months. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander says all four inmates who committed suicide were accused sex offenders, and so from now on all inmates charged ...
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Leaders in D.C. are hoping to use this month's 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to push for voting rights. It's one of the most famous political rallies in US history: Aug. 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of people packed on the National Mall from the Washington Monument to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. Martin Luther King Junior delivered his "I have...
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District officials say eminent domain could be used to claim the land owned by a salvage yard that's needed to build the new $300 million, 20,000-seat D.C. United stadium. Following WAMU 88.5's report about the land owned by Super Salvage—and the uncertai...
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D.C.'s plan to build a new soccer stadium in southwest Washington has been hailed as a "landmark" deal by city officials. But a new complication might make the deal more difficult to complete than many realize. If you pull out a map of where the city plans to build the new $300 million, 20,000-seat D.C. United stadium, get in a car and drive down to where the middle of the fi...
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Candidates vying to be D.C.'s next mayor are trying to show strength before their first fundraising deadline. The first campaign finance reports for next year's race are due Wednesday. There are five declared candidates for mayor, all Democrats: D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans and Tommy Wells; former State Department official Reta Lewis; and busines...
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Prosecutors say a tourist charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral was carrying a soda can of green paint when she was arrested. A woman identified by police as Jiamei Tian, 58, appeared in D.C. Superior court Tuesday alongside a Mandarin translator. A court document lists her name as Jia M. Tian. Prosecutors say the 58-year-old woman arrived in Was...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says she believes the woman arrested for defacing the Washington National Cathedral with green paint is connected to other similar acts of vandalism. Four D.C. landmarks were found splattered with green paint over the past few days. The first reported incident was at the Lincoln Memorial. Soon other statues and historic structures were vandalize...
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A train derailment over the weekend in Baltimore is disrupting MARC service this morning, and officials say the Camden Line will have significant delays. A CSX train derailed Sunday morning near the Camden station in southwest Baltimore. There were no injuries and officials say the freight train was not carrying any hazardous...
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D.C. Mayor Vince Gray today announced an agreement with professional soccer team D.C. United to help build a 20,000-seat, $300 million stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. As part of the plan, D.C. would put $150 million worth of land and infrastructure improvements towards the project, with the team's ownership picking up the tab for the building the new stadium, whic...
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The D.C. fire department says it will pay an outside firm $180,000 to examine its much maligned fleet of ambulances. One of any city's most critical responsibilities is the ability to respond to emergencies. But a series of scandals and critical reports have raised questions about D.C.'s fleet of ambulances. There have been several high-profile incidents where am...
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An effort by District of Columbia residents to give the city government more control over its municipal budget is about to reach a milestone. In April voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the District's Home Rule Charter that would allow city leaders to spend local tax revenue without approval by Congress. The review period during which Congress could pa...
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After a series of shootings in Ward 7 left four people dead over the past week, more than a hundred people gathered last night for a vigil to remember the victims and to call for action. On a grassy hill just off of Ridge Road in Southeast D.C., residents young and old gathered to mourn the lives of four people cut short by gun violence. Some brought candles, others wore t-...
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It's been nearly two weeks since the D.C. Council approved a bill requiring large retailers like Walmart to pay its employees $12.50 an hour. But according to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, it could take awhile for Gray to officially receive the bill. "I expect the bill will get to the mayor in the next several weeks," he says. Mendelson, speaking on ...
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The former chief of staff to an imprisoned ex-D.C. Council member is facing a tax charge related to her use of city grant money to pay for an inaugural ball. Ayawna Webster was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors filed a criminal information, a document that usually signals a guilty plea. Webster was the chief of staff to Council member Harry Tho...
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As Walmart and others wait to see if Mayor Gray will veto the D.C. Council's "living wage" bill, workers at some of the city's most famous federal buildings are trying to raise awareness about low wages. A loud protest took place outside Union Station this morning, where dozens of concession workers walked off the job and held a rally demanding better pay from vendors in fe...
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The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts gave approval to architect Frank Gehry's design for a planned national memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington. The commission overseeing civic art and architecture in the capital reviewed Gehry's design on Thursday morning, giving its approval on a 3-1 vote. It's one of two panels that must approve the design, along wi...
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A new poll finds 50 percent of voters in Virginia back same-sex marriage. It has been five years since voters in Virginia approved a state ban on same-sex marriage, but a poll released today by Quinnipiac University demonstrates growing support for gay mar...