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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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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...
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D.C. is poised to modernize its birth certificate laws to help transgender residents. A D.C. Council committee approved a proposal to make it easier for a transgender person to get a new birth certificate reflecting the proper gender. It would also get rid of a provision that requires District residents who have had their names legally changed from publishing notices in local...
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D.C. is considering different ways to give driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. At a hearing today at city hall, council members looked at how to give licenses or ID cards to residents — regardless of their immigration or citizenship status. One option is a second-class license for undocumented immigrants. It would not be valid for federal purposes like boarding an...
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D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has reported receiving thousands of dollars in gifts from two city contractors in what may be a violation of the council's ethics rules. On his recent financial disclosure forms, Barry reported receiving a $4,000 gift from F&L Construction and a $2,800 gift from Forney Enterprises, Inc. The disclosures were ...
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D.C. is poised to modernize its birth certificate laws to help transgender residents. On Wednesday a D.C. Council committee approved a proposal to make it easier for a transgender person to get a new birth certificate reflecting their proper gender. It would also get rid of a provision that requires District residents who have had their names legally changed from publishing ...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray wants tougher penalties for the city's troubled contracting program. District law requires that small D.C.-based businesses get a percentage of city contracting dollars. Publicly-subsidized land projects, for example, require the developer to spend more than a third of the project's discretionary budget on these local firms during construction. ...
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D.C. Council member David Catania is proposing a sweeping overhaul to the city's public school system. Catania introduced seven separate education measures which, taken together, represent the biggest potential overhaul of the city's public schools system since mayoral takeover more than a decade ago. The overhaul includes proposals to give principals more budget autho...
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A soon to be released report claims Baltimore has made little progress in curbing animal abuse since a special commission was formed back in 2009. The city's advisory commission on animal abuse, which was set up by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2010, authored the report. Local Baltimore television station, ...
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Seven years ago, during D.C.’s real estate boom, the District asked developers to submit proposals to build on public land in the Southwest waterfront area. Dozens of developers lined up for a shot, forming...