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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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D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh is calling on Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe to step down amid questions about the department's ability to handle medical calls. Cheh said in a letter that "the agency's ability to respond to emergencies has been significantly degraded'' and that Ellerbe "no longer has the confidence of the people of the District.'' The letter was sent Tuesday...
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D.C. officials say they are hopeful the city's new streetcar system will be up and running by the end of the year. "We will have the cars on the track. We have to go through the certification through federal government and state oversight," says DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. "Once they tell us we can go live, we will go live." Asked what the odds are that the streetcars...
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Tougher penalties go into effect today for drivers in Virginia who text or email while behind the wheel. The law increases the fines for texting and driving and makes it a primary offense, meaning officers can now pull drivers over who they suspect are using their phones to send texts and emails. In the past, police needed another reason, a traffic violation, for...
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Former professional boxer Keely Thompson admitted in federal court he pocketed more than $200,000 in grant money money that he promised to spend on training the city's next generation of boxers, but instead, squandered it on cruise ships, fancy meals and gambling trips to Atlantic City. The beloved boxing figure, who once ran a gym in Columbia Heights, received more than a...
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A second associate of businessman Jeffrey Thompson admitted on Monday that he was reimbursed for political donations, pleading guilty in federal court to a misdemeanor campaign finance violation. Philadelphia contractor Stanley Straughter's consulting firm worked for Jeffrey Thompson, the former owner of a well-connected D.C. accounting firm. Straughter was part of...
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A day after a zoo escape produced tense drama and a search that spanned two neighborhoods, National Zoo officials say Rusty the red panda is resting comfortably at it's animal hospital. Zoo officials still do not know how Rusty escaped from his exhibit at the National Zoo or why he ended up a mile away near in an alley in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Red pandas tend to st...
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Another associate of D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson is expected in court later today to plead guilty to making "straw" donations to candidates running for office. Stanley Straughter is the second Thompson-associate in recent days to be charged with making illegal campaign contributions to congressional candidates in 2010. Straughter is a Philadelphia-based co...
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A Maryland businessman has admitted in federal court that he was reimbursed for $160,000 in campaign contributions by his boss, who's at the center of a wide-ranging political corruption investigation. Lee Calhoun works for an accounting firm previously owned by Jeffrey Thompson, a D.C. businessman who once held the city's biggest contract. Although Thompson was not mention...
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A former employee of Jeffrey Thompson—the businessman at the center of a wide-ranging investigation of D.C. politics—is expected to plead guilty to making straw political donations later today. Lee Calhoun—who works at Thompson's former accounting firm—is accused of using his name and his wife's name to contribute thousands of dollars in donations to unidentified p...
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Metro admits emergency call buttons on certain trains have not been working for years, but says it is fixing the problem. On Wednesday Metro confirmed what riders have been complaining about for years: faulty emergency intercom systems. The red intercom buttons are intended to help riders alert Metro about potential emergencies: a fight, a robbery or a sick passenger. ...
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Fans of D.C.'s budding food truck scene can breathe easy. After four years of wrangling over proposed rules, the D.C. Council has approved a new regulatory framework for the mobile food vendors. D.C.'s food trucks—150 and counting—have quickly become a staple diet for many who work in the downtown area. And what may have started as a fad—savory cuisine served out of t...
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The office of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says it has "no further information" on whether it will return campaign contributions linked to embattled city contractor Jeffrey Thompson. Over the weekend, Thompson's former accounting firm issued a statement saying that under Thompson's ownership "employees and their family members and friends were ensnarled by the aggress...
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For years, D.C.'s Office of Campaign Finance made sure city lawmakers and employees followed the District's ethics laws and filled out conflict-of-interest statements. But one city worker that plays a large role in policing the city's candidates and elected officials has a conflict of his own—one that he didn't disclose. William Sanford is general counsel for the Office of...
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As the federal investigation into corruption in D.C. government heats up, a well-known accounting firm says its former owner, Jeffrey Thompson, appeared to break federal campaign finance laws by reimbursing employees for political contributions. A statement released over the weekend by the accounting firm formerly known as Thompson Cobb Bazillio and Associates says Thompson...
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A former employee of Jeffrey Thompson — the businessman at the center of a wide-ranging investigation into D.C. politics — is charged with making straw political donations. Lee Calhoun, who had been employed at Jeffrey Thompson's former accounting firm, is accused of using his name and his wife's name to contribute donations to unidentified political candidates, includi...
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With the federal probe into corruption in the D.C. government showing signs of heating up, a spokesperson for Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) says the lawmaker is cooperating with investigators. After Orange ducked out of the Wilson Building on Wednesday to avoid the reporters camped outside his office, his chief of staff James Brown confirmed federal authorities...
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With hurricane season approaching, D.C.'s Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton says it's time to give the District's local leaders the ability to call up the National Guard during an emergency. In D.C., the President of the United States decides when the Guard should be mobilized and deployed, while in the 50 states, the governors have that responsibility. Norton wants...
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D.C. SCANDALS Brown pleads guilty to bribery In wake of scandal, cal...
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Former D.C. Council member Michael Brown today pleaded guilty to one count of bribery, agreeing to serve 37 months in prison for taking $55,000 from federal agents posing as D.C. businessmen seeking preferential access to city contracts. According to a document laying out the government's case, Brown, 48, met with the undercover agents eight times between July 2012 and March...
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A Capitol Hill hardware store destroyed in a fire last week is re-opening a portion of its business at a nearby location. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced a plan Sunday that will allow Frager's Hardware to sell plants and nursery supplies from a temporary location at Seventh Street SE in Eastern Market. The store's former location was a few blocks away at 11th Street and Pe...