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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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An effort by District of Columbia residents to give the city government more control over its municipal budget is about to reach a milestone. In April voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the District's Home Rule Charter that would allow city leaders to spend local tax revenue without approval by Congress. The review period during which Congress could pa...
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After a series of shootings in Ward 7 left four people dead over the past week, more than a hundred people gathered last night for a vigil to remember the victims and to call for action. On a grassy hill just off of Ridge Road in Southeast D.C., residents young and old gathered to mourn the lives of four people cut short by gun violence. Some brought candles, others wore t-...
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It's been nearly two weeks since the D.C. Council approved a bill requiring large retailers like Walmart to pay its employees $12.50 an hour. But according to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, it could take awhile for Gray to officially receive the bill. "I expect the bill will get to the mayor in the next several weeks," he says. Mendelson, speaking on ...
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The former chief of staff to an imprisoned ex-D.C. Council member is facing a tax charge related to her use of city grant money to pay for an inaugural ball. Ayawna Webster was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors filed a criminal information, a document that usually signals a guilty plea. Webster was the chief of staff to Council member Harry Tho...
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As Walmart and others wait to see if Mayor Gray will veto the D.C. Council's "living wage" bill, workers at some of the city's most famous federal buildings are trying to raise awareness about low wages. A loud protest took place outside Union Station this morning, where dozens of concession workers walked off the job and held a rally demanding better pay from vendors in fe...
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The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts gave approval to architect Frank Gehry's design for a planned national memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington. The commission overseeing civic art and architecture in the capital reviewed Gehry's design on Thursday morning, giving its approval on a 3-1 vote. It's one of two panels that must approve the design, along wi...
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A new poll finds 50 percent of voters in Virginia back same-sex marriage. It has been five years since voters in Virginia approved a state ban on same-sex marriage, but a poll released today by Quinnipiac University demonstrates growing support for gay mar...
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In a surprising reversal, the general manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission announced this afternoon that customers in portions of Prince George's County will not experience expected water outages while a 54-inch water main is repaired. Officials had prepared hundreds of thousands of residents in southern and western portions of Prince George's County for ...
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D.C. Council lobbying reports are in, and records show that some of the big battles at city hall also take place behind the scenes. For instance, take Walmart and the living wage bill that was approved last week. Records show Walmart lobbyist David Wilmot ...
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The Washington, D.C. metro area is going to be hot — today, tomorrow, and the entire week. Temperatures are expected to hit the 90s, but it will feel even hotter than that with the humidity, and will get worst as the week rolls on. The key question is how to stay cool. Several fountains and watering holes in the District are open including Tivoli Fountain in Columbia Heights...
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On Saturday Virginia Delegate Scott Surovell called on Gov. Bob McDonnell to resign, and if he chose not to do so, for legislators to consider "other measures" that would force him out of office. Writing on his personal blog, the Fairfax County Democrat said that the financial...
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D.C. Council member David Grosso is seeking a radical makeover for the city's troubled campaign finance system, but says the details still need to be hashed out. Grosso envisions a four-to-one matching system for small donations — $100 or less, which means if a candidate received a $50 contribution, the city would match it with $200. "This is another way to get...
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The D.C. Council has voted to delay the election of an attorney general until 2018. More than three-quarters of D.C. voters approved a referendum in 2010 that made the attorney general an elected position, with the first election scheduled for 2014. Currently the attorney general is currently appointed by the mayor. But the Council voted late Wednesday night to de...
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The "Mayor for Life" is once again in trouble. D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has been censured and fined nearly $14,000 by the city's ethics board for accepting unlawful gifts from a pair of contractors. City law prohibits lawmakers from accepting gifts over $20,000 from contractors doing business with the city. Barry accepted nearly $7,000. The council...
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The fate of at least three Walmart stores in the District may now in the hands of Mayor Vincent Gray. On Thursday the D.C. Council passed legislation requiring certain big box retailers to pay a living wage of $12.50 an hour, a 50 percent increase over the city's minimum wage. The Council approved the bill on an 8-5 vote, despite threats from the Arkansas-based mega-retailer...
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The D.C. Council is set to consider a contract to provide scratch-off lottery tickets that does not meet a requirement that local businesses get 35 percent of the deal. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) says he plans to vote against the contract on Wednesday and will urge his colleagues to do the same. Evans chairs the committee that oversees the District of Columbia Lott...
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Walmart is issuing the D.C. government a stark ultimatum over its proposal to make big box retailers pay a living wage—kill the bill or it will close half of its six planned stores in D.C. Under the provisions of the bill first passed by the D.C. Council in late Ju...
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After a call for the D.C. fire chief to step down, supporters are rallying behind the embattled city leader. Over a dozen supporters of Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe held a rally on Monday morning at the Wilson Building. Carrying signs saying "Let the Chief Do His Job," the protestors called for D.C. Council members to reign in their criticism of Ellerbe. Last week, ...