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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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D.C. is considering different ways to give driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. At a hearing today at city hall, council members looked at how to give licenses or ID cards to residents — regardless of their immigration or citizenship status. One option is a second-class license for undocumented immigrants. It would not be valid for federal purposes like boarding an...
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D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has reported receiving thousands of dollars in gifts from two city contractors in what may be a violation of the council's ethics rules. On his recent financial disclosure forms, Barry reported receiving a $4,000 gift from F&L Construction and a $2,800 gift from Forney Enterprises, Inc. The disclosures were ...
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D.C. is poised to modernize its birth certificate laws to help transgender residents. On Wednesday a D.C. Council committee approved a proposal to make it easier for a transgender person to get a new birth certificate reflecting their proper gender. It would also get rid of a provision that requires District residents who have had their names legally changed from publishing ...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray wants tougher penalties for the city's troubled contracting program. District law requires that small D.C.-based businesses get a percentage of city contracting dollars. Publicly-subsidized land projects, for example, require the developer to spend more than a third of the project's discretionary budget on these local firms during construction. ...
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D.C. Council member David Catania is proposing a sweeping overhaul to the city's public school system. Catania introduced seven separate education measures which, taken together, represent the biggest potential overhaul of the city's public schools system since mayoral takeover more than a decade ago. The overhaul includes proposals to give principals more budget autho...
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A soon to be released report claims Baltimore has made little progress in curbing animal abuse since a special commission was formed back in 2009. The city's advisory commission on animal abuse, which was set up by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2010, authored the report. Local Baltimore television station, ...
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Seven years ago, during D.C.’s real estate boom, the District asked developers to submit proposals to build on public land in the Southwest waterfront area. Dozens of developers lined up for a shot, forming...
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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) is set to formally kick off his campaign for mayor—he will announce his candidacy on Saturday at a busy intersection in the ward he represents. Wells formed an exploratory committee in February. He'll be the sec...
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The leader of Richmond's Tea Party says his group was among those improperly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service. Laurence Nordvig told the Richmond Times-Dispatch his organization grew suspicious during questioning over a two-year period in...
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Thirty people have been deported from D.C. under a program that requires states and localities to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, according to data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE. The Washington Times reports that people li...
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A District of Columbia police officer has been charged in a federal money laundering investigation in Pennsylvania. Jared Weinberg was arrested Monday at the department's fourth district station, where he worked, to face the federal criminal charge. Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said Weinberg had been with the department since February 2012. She said the criminal...
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Expansion plans at Arlington National Cemetery are causing environmental concerns. Critics say the 27-acre Millenium Project expansion would damage a stream and trees that have been at the site since the Civil War. And they are asking whether the cemetery should instead begin preparing for the day when the cemetery can no longer bury anyone else. Cemetery officials plan to ded...
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Four in five Americans don't think the Washington Redskins should change the team's name, according to a new poll by the Associated Press. Some consider "Redskins" to be a derogatory term for Native Americans, and the team has faced a barrage of criticism for refusing to change it. Opponents recently launched a new round of legal proceedings intended to deny the team federal t...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and city leaders are set to introduce a new bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. According to a Facebook message posted by his Office of Neighborhood Engagement, tomorrow Gray will join lawmakers to propose a "trailblazing bill that would allow a...
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Hail to the... Redtails?  D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) is advocating for the region's popular professional football franchise to change its name from the "Washington Redskins" to the "Washington Redtails." Grosso calls the team's existing name "racist and derogatory," and that "it's time to make a change." The team's name has been the subject of r...
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A uniform color scheme for D.C.'s fleet of taxi cabs may soon be on the way after months of back and forth and calls for modernization to the District's fleet. Red with a grey stripe is the winning color scheme, according to NBC Washing...
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D.C. Fire Department officials say they've changed the perameters for the definition of arson in the District. The move is helping the department increase its closure rate for arson investigations. ...
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The head of the D.C. police officers' union is requesting a review of the city's emergency dispatch system. Kris Baumann wrote in a letter to Council member Tommy Wells on Thursday that systemic failures, such as inaccurate information being provided by dispatchers to officers, could open the door to a "major breakdown or a tragedy." He says dispatchers are routinely too ove...
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D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says the overwhelming approval of a budget autonomy referendum by D.C. voters has led to new talks on Capitol Hill about a bill that would accomplish the same thing. The charter amendment approved by voters ...
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Anita Bonds is the winner of D.C.'s special at-large election. Bonds defeated five other candidates in a close race that featured low voter turnout. Less than 10 percent of registered DC voters cast a ballot -- one of the lowest turnouts in city history. Bonds, a Democrat who has long been active in District politics, was endorsed by many of D.C.'s elected officials an...