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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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Walmart Location Planned Opening Date 5968 Georgia Ave. NW Late '13, early '14 99 H St. NW Late '13, early '14 Riggs Rd. and South Dakota Ave. NE '15 ...
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Plans are moving forward for the proposed 20,000-seat, $300 million soccer stadium in Southwest D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a labor agreement for the project, requiring the bulk of the big construction contracts go to local unions. District officials say the project lab...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is calling for an immediate halt to the sale of tax liens after an investigation found some elderly homeowners were driven into foreclosure. According to the Washington Post, the D.C. government has for years sold tax liens for some unpaid property tax ...
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An investigation has found the D.C. government is allowing private investors to pursue foreclosures on hundreds of homes over unpaid tax bills, but many debts are less than $500. The Washington Post reports the District government has placed liens on...
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As D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray decides whether to veto a bill that would require certain large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour, plans for one of the Walmart stores appears to have unraveled. According to the Washington Post, the deal to build a Walmart on New York Avenu...
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Federal prosecutors have charged more than a dozen people with stealing unemployment benefits from the D.C. government. A total of fourteen people were charged with first degree felony fraud. Prosecutors say the District paid out more than a quarter of a million dollars in fraudulent benefits. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen says, in his words, "Cheaters who lie to obta...
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The Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York is launching a radio ad campaign pressing for the Washington Redskins to shed a name often criticized as offensive. The tribe will begin running radio ads here in D.C. in the lead-up to Monday night's game against the Philadelphia. In the ad, Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter calls on NFL commissioner to "stand up...
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D.C. is rebooting its vocational training program for students in its public school system. On Wednesday D.C. Mayor Gray announced the creation of nine career academies—six will be at traditional public schools, the rest at public charters. "There are people who still think 'voc ed' means fixing shoes, preparing clothes. Those days are over, ladies and gentlema...
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As lawmakers on Capitol Hill debate a potential military strike on Syria, D.C. police are heightening security at specific locations around the city. Deputy Mayor for public safety Paul Quander says there is an increased presence of MPD officers at certain spots in D.C., including several synagogues because of the upcoming Jewish holidays. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New...
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As students head back to school, D.C. parents find that recess has been cut to 15 minutes daily. The Washington Post reports the change was buried in school budget documents last spring, but it has drawn protests from parents who say their children need more exercise to be healthy and focused in the classroom. In res...
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A bill requiring Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage'' of at least $12.50 an hour has been sent to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, about seven weeks after it was passed by the D.C. Council. Gray's spokesman says the mayor received the bill Friday afternoon, and now he has 10 business days, starting Tuesday, to either sign or veto the bill. Gray has...
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The reviews are in for D.C.'s film economic incentive fund and, you might say: two thumbs down. Like many states, the District offers incentives and tax breaks for movie companies to film in D.C. But an analysis of the fund, obtained exclusively by WAMU 88.5, finds while the program may have helped movie producers, it hasn't been a good deal for District residents. ...
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The chairman of the D.C. Council says a bill requiring Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees at least $12.50 an hour will be on Mayor Vincent Gray's desk by Friday. The Council approved the bill on July 10 on an 8-5 vote. Gray has said that he has re...
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D.C. Mayor Gray focused on the District's lack of autonomy during his speech at 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  Gray told the crowd, in his words, to let freedom ring for all the residents of D.C., calling on people to join the District's push for more representation in Congress. "We must allow freedom to ring from the ridges of Anacostia, where Fred...
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Thousands of people braved the rainy weather and long security lines to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington today. Sarah Davidson was a teenager living in Little Rock, Ark., when she and her friend Dianna Watson hopped on a bus and made their way to D.C. for the March on Washington in 1963. Today, the two women were back on the National Mall, r...
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After months of problems with the fire department's fleet of ambulances, D.C. Mayor Gray announced brand-new equipment for the agency and is promising more reliable service. Nine new paramedics and 30 new ambulances will soon be on the streets of D.C. The new hires and equipment were on display outside Engine Company 2, where the mayor held his press conference on Tuesday....
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Ever find a parking spot in D.C. only to discover the meter is broken? You're not alone. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the District's Department of Transportation fielded 175,000 broken parking meter requests last year. According to AAA, more than 80 percent of service calls to DDOT were about out-of-service parking meters. Triple A spokesperson John Townsend says the high-v...
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A former aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was sentenced in District court to 32 hours of community service for allegedly stealing from a House office building on Capitol Hill. Javier Sanchez, a 37-year-old former senior legislative aide, was arrested in July after Capitol Police set up a sting operation with a hidden surveillance camera in one of the offices at the Rayb...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says this weekend's rally to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington should serve as a rallying cry for D.C. statehood. Gray unveiled plans for a rally at the D.C. War Memorial on Saturday morning ahead of the main speeches later that day at the Lincoln Memorial. The War Memorial, which is located on the National Mall, is a tribut...