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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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With the "living wage" bill targeting Walmart officially dead thanks to a veto from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, the big box retailer says its ready to start hiring local residents. Walmart says it's expediting plans for its first two stores in D.C. and is opening t...
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D.C. will once again try to tighten its campaign finance rules to prevent donors from "bundling" checks through related corporate entities. The process of developers and other businesses making multiple contributions to individual candidates through limited liability corporations is so common that it has its own name—the LLC loophole. It's legal, but as many critics point...
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In the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says Virginia's gun laws have made the District less safe. Just days before the alleged gunman Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 people, law enforcement officials say he purchased a shotgun at a gun store in Virginia, passing all of the state and federal background checks. Now two days after the mass ...
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On Tuesday the D.C. Council voted to censure Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) for accepting $6,800 in cash from two city contractors. For the second time in three years, the former four-time mayor was censured by his colleagues, and once again it looks like Barry will be stripped of his committee chairmanship. Barry and several supporters on the council tri...
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Walmart and other large retailers won't be required to pay their employees a "living wage'' of at least $12.50 an hour in the District of Columbia — at least not right away. The D.C. Council failed to override Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of the wage bill on ...
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The D.C. Council is holding its first legislative session since breaking for summer recess, and members will be getting right back to business with several key issues up for a vote. The biggest vote planned for today is the potential override of Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of the so-called living wage bill that targets Walmart and other large retailers. Eight council...
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Related Coverage Navy Yard Shootings: No Second Gunman; Victims' IDs Emerge Three Injured In Navy Yard Shooting Expected...
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After Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of the so-called living wage bill, the spotlight now turns to D.C. Council, which will vote next Tuesday on a possible override of Gray's veto. Eight council members voted to approve the bill in July, and nine will be needed to override a mayoral ...
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Walmart Location Planned Opening Date 5968 Georgia Ave. NW Late '13, early '14 99 H St. NW Late '13, early '14 Riggs Rd. and South Dakota Ave. NE '15 ...
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Plans are moving forward for the proposed 20,000-seat, $300 million soccer stadium in Southwest D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a labor agreement for the project, requiring the bulk of the big construction contracts go to local unions. District officials say the project lab...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is calling for an immediate halt to the sale of tax liens after an investigation found some elderly homeowners were driven into foreclosure. According to the Washington Post, the D.C. government has for years sold tax liens for some unpaid property tax ...
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An investigation has found the D.C. government is allowing private investors to pursue foreclosures on hundreds of homes over unpaid tax bills, but many debts are less than $500. The Washington Post reports the District government has placed liens on...
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As D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray decides whether to veto a bill that would require certain large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour, plans for one of the Walmart stores appears to have unraveled. According to the Washington Post, the deal to build a Walmart on New York Avenu...
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Federal prosecutors have charged more than a dozen people with stealing unemployment benefits from the D.C. government. A total of fourteen people were charged with first degree felony fraud. Prosecutors say the District paid out more than a quarter of a million dollars in fraudulent benefits. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen says, in his words, "Cheaters who lie to obta...
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The Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York is launching a radio ad campaign pressing for the Washington Redskins to shed a name often criticized as offensive. The tribe will begin running radio ads here in D.C. in the lead-up to Monday night's game against the Philadelphia. In the ad, Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter calls on NFL commissioner to "stand up...
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D.C. is rebooting its vocational training program for students in its public school system. On Wednesday D.C. Mayor Gray announced the creation of nine career academies—six will be at traditional public schools, the rest at public charters. "There are people who still think 'voc ed' means fixing shoes, preparing clothes. Those days are over, ladies and gentlema...
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As lawmakers on Capitol Hill debate a potential military strike on Syria, D.C. police are heightening security at specific locations around the city. Deputy Mayor for public safety Paul Quander says there is an increased presence of MPD officers at certain spots in D.C., including several synagogues because of the upcoming Jewish holidays. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New...
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As students head back to school, D.C. parents find that recess has been cut to 15 minutes daily. The Washington Post reports the change was buried in school budget documents last spring, but it has drawn protests from parents who say their children need more exercise to be healthy and focused in the classroom. In res...
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A bill requiring Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage'' of at least $12.50 an hour has been sent to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, about seven weeks after it was passed by the D.C. Council. Gray's spokesman says the mayor received the bill Friday afternoon, and now he has 10 business days, starting Tuesday, to either sign or veto the bill. Gray has...