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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 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...
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With thousands of people from all over the country expected to descend on D.C. for the anniversary of the March on Washington, local authorities are making sure the city is ready to handle the big crowds. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says that, based on hotel bookings, bus reservations and other information, the city has a rough estimate of how many people will make their wa...
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D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans raised about $40,000 for his mayoral campaign at a Nantucket, Mass., gathering earlier this month. The Washington Post ...
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The District government has tapped one of the leading experts in digital evidence to work in its forensics department. Paul Reedy helped create the computer forensic team for Australia's version of the FBI, and now he's bringing that expertise to D.C. It seems everything we do these days is online. Texts, emails, shopping, social networks—there's a digital footprint from e...
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The D.C. Attorney General's Office wants to stop Pepco from raising electricity rates on low-income households. The attorney general's office is formally opposing Pepco's attempt to collect about $2 million in additional revenue from households enrolled in the power company's Residential Aid Discount program, which provides a discount to households whose incomes fall below ...
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Critics of the D.C. Fire and EMS department say it is struggling to keep up with the city's growing population and increasing number of emergency medical calls because it has too few paramedics. The department has lost more than 40 paramedics since 2011, and just two have been hired. The attrition rate is just one of many problems. Lori Moore-Merrell is an assista...
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For the D.C. Fire department, the past few months have been riddled with troubling incidents involving the city's fleet of ambulances. The latest scandal has the Gray administration and fire department leadership asking if sabotage may be involved. The story spread like wildfire and quickly emerged as a symbol for the fire and EMS department's decrepit fleet: ...
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New details are emerging about the so-called "shadow campaign" to help D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray during his 2010 race. On Tuesday, Vernon Hawkins, a longtime advisor to Gray and a coordinator for the shadow campaign, pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators. The 74-year-old admitted in federal court that he drew up the plans and budget for the illegal get-out-the-vote...
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A veteran D.C. campaign aide who worked on Mayor Vince Gray's troubled 2010 campaign pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal officials regarding an investigation into straw contributions made to various local campaigns dating back to 2006. Vernon Hawkins entered the plea in a D.C. court on Tuesday morning, the day after a criminal information was made public layi...
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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...