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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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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be Maryland's Democratic nominee for governor after soundly defeating the field in a low-turnout election. At times, it was a bruising primary, filled with negative ads and sharp-elbowed debates, and the early primary date didn't help either as voter turnout was low across the board. But all that matters is the final result—and it was a clear, r...
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Another D.C. Council candidate is admitting to taking part in an illegal campaign finance scheme that was orchestrated by businessman Jeffrey Thompson. Jeff Smith, a candidate for the Ward 1 race in 2010, admitted in court to receiving illegal, shadow campaign funds from Jeffrey Thompson, a prominent city contractor, and then conspiring to cover up the off-the-books contribu...
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The National Zoo is adding three new Asian elephants to its herd, and they will make their public debut this week. The female elephants arrived in May from the Calgary Zoo in Canada. They have been in quarantine for 30 days and will join the zoo's herd of four existing elephants on Monday. The new elephants include 39-year-old Kamala, 39-year-old Swarna and 23-ye...
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It's been five years since a deadly crash on Metro's red line killed nine people and injured dozens of others. To honor those killed, the city is building a memorial in Northeast D.C. City leaders, such as D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), say they want to build a solemn, peaceful place to remember the lives lost in the 2009 crash. "What this memorial ...
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The D.C. Council plan to cut taxes has hit a snag after the city's chief financial officer says he can't sign off on the proposed budget. CFO Jeffrey Dewitt says he can't certify the proposed budget and its sweeping package of tax cuts until the Counc...
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins  in a ruling on Wednesday, saying the team's name is offensive to Native Americans. "We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they ...
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House Republicans want to slash funding for D.C.'s college tuition program, but city leaders expect the popular program to remain intact. House Republicans want to cut DC TAG — the city's tuition assistance program — by a third, reducing the budget from $30 million to $20 million. D.C.'s delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton believes the Senate will restor...
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Washington, D.C., is in the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. It's one of four cities to make the US Olympic Committee's final cut; the others are Boston, LA and San Francisco. The group leading the effort to bring the games to Washington is known as DC2024. Vice chair Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Wizards and Capitals, said in a statement that the i...
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Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder has hired a lobbying firm to defend the team name on Capitol Hill, a move that comes as members of Congress are stepping up pressure on the NFL to force a name change. Lobbying disclosure forms show Snyder has hired McGuireWoods — a well-known K street lobbying firm — for help with, in the words of the filing, discussions about the "t...
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D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Kenneth Ellerbe will step down next month after serving for three years in the Gray administration. It wasn’t a smooth tenure for Chief Ellerbe. The firefighters union and the chief clashed often. Members of the D.C. Council called for h...
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The D.C. Council's decision to delay the election of an independent attorney general is backfiring. An appeals court has ruled the city must hold the election as soon as possible. In 2010, D.C. voters went to the polls and overwhelmingly supported a referendum creating an elected attorney general position. That election was supposed to take place this year, but in a close vo...
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It could soon be illegal for employers in D.C. to screen prospective job applicants based on their criminal history. The D.C. Council this week gave initial approval to so-called "ban the box" legislation, referring to the hiring forms that ask applicants to check a box if they've been convicted of a crime. Proponents of the measure say it would help end discrimina...
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After months of uncertainty, today the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that voters should for the first time elect an attorney general in 2014, reversing a move by the D.C. Council to delay the election until 2018. The battle isn't yet over, though — an appeal will be filed. The decision published today seemed to settle a legal back-and-forth over the meaning and intent of the...
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Former D.C. Council candidate Kelvin Robinson has admitted to receiving tens of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign donations from D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson. Prosecutors say Kelvin Robinson took the campaign cash during his unsuccessful bids for the DC Council in 2010. It was the second time in as many weeks that a District politician has admitted to receiving o...
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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he doesn't expect the Council to scale back or undo a proposal to apply sales taxes to yoga classes and gym memberships. Mendelson said Monday that the tax increase is part of a package of reforms that will red...
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Former D.C. Council Member Michael Brown has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for taking bribes from an undercover FBI agent. Brown apologized in court — and said he should've resisted D.C.'s culture of corruption — which he says is running rampant in city government. He's the third D.C. Council member in three years to be convicted of a felony that was...
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The D.C. Council gave initial approval to a sweeping package of tax cuts for District residents. The tax cuts — a last minute addition to this year's budget — would first affect low and middle income residents and later expand to those making up to $1 million a year. As part of the plan, a ...
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The D.C. Council will get its first chance today to look at Mayor Vincent Gray's proposal to build a new soccer stadium for DC United. The plan relies on tax breaks for the team and complicated land swaps between the city and private developers. The price tag for the stadium is nearly $300 million. The team will pay for about half the tab. The city is on the hook for an es...
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The president of the Washington Redskins is defending the team name after half the U.S. Senate signed a letter urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to force a name change. In a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Redskins president Bruce Allen sa...
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Members of Congress are stepping up pressure on the NFL to change the team name of the Washington Redskins. Fifty U.S. senators — all of them Democrats — signed on to a letter addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The letter asks Goodell to follow the example set by his counterpart in NBA, Commissioner Adam Silver, who moved to ban Los Angeles Clippers Owner Dona...