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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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After a rash of campaign-finance scandals in the District, one council member says candidates should be required to undergo training before their campaigns can receive any donations. Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie, who replaced Harry Thomas Jr. after his arrest and resignation, is proposing mandatory campaign finance training for all candidates and their campaign tre...
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A D.C. Council member wants to make it easier for the public to see mugshots. Ward 3 Council Member Mary Cheh says mugshots are an important part of police investigations, and when these booking photos are released to the public, they can help authorities make connections otherwise not possible. Cheh's proposal, which was introduced at the council today, would require...
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At City Hall in D.C. today, the goal for the District is visibility. The plan is to draw attention to D.C.'s lack of autonomy in gestures: the sign outside the Wilson Building viewing stand calling for full democracy, the White House decision to carry the "Taxation Without Representation" licen...
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Leaders in the District plan to call attention to D.C.'s lack of autonomy during today's inauguration parade. Through license plates and a large sign outside city hall, District leaders are hoping to rally support and awareness for D.C.'s lack of budget autonomy and voting rights in Congress. On the viewing stand at the Wilson Building where the mayor and other city leaders ...
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The Smithsonian Institution plans to create an innovation pavilion with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in one of the oldest buildings on the National Mall. The 132-year-old Arts and Industries Building closed in 2004 due to structural problems and has been undergoing repairs. The building will be reopened in 2014 with patent office funding to begin housing exhi...
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Federal authorities raided the offices of prominent political donor Jeffrey Thompson early in 2012. Reporter Patrick Madden traced a trail of suspicious money orders from associates of Jeffrey Thompson to the heart of the District government in the Wilson Building....
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is open to the possibility of placing armed guards in city public schools, the Washington Examiner reports. The National Rifle Association has pushed for beefed...
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D.C. officials are using Inauguration Day to call attention to the District's lack of statehood and congressional representation. On Wednesday, Mayor Vincent Gray revealed a sign on the reviewing stand that top D.C. officials plan to use on Monday to watch the Pennsylvania Avenue parade. The sign states: "A More Perfect Union Must Include Full Democracy in D.C."...
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D.C. Fire and EMS is reexamining its sick leave policy for firefighters and other emergency responders after dozens of city firefighters called out sick on New Year's Eve. No changes will be implemented before the inauguration, says D.C. Fire spokesman Lon Walls.  Durand Ford says his father died while he was waiting more than 40 minutes fo...
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Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says he has $5.2 million in his campaign account. The attorney general, who is weighing a bid for governor in 2014, reported the amount to the Maryland State Board of Elections on Tuesday. His campaign says it's five times more than Gov. Martin O'Malley had eight years ago as he was preparing to run for his first term. T...
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With the presidential inauguration just one week away, organizers in the nation's capital held their final dress rehearsal over the weekend. With the booming military music, the lines of service members marching in step and the gleaming viewing stands set up along Pennsylvania Avenue, Sunday's rehearsal featured all of the pomp and circumst...
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The legacy of go-go music icon Chuck Brown is being memorialized in Northeast D.C.  During last may's public memorial service for the "God-father of go-go," DC Mayor Vincent Gray promised to honor Brown with a park. Gray made good on his pledge Thurday, officially authorizing a portion of Langdon Park in Northeast D.C. as Chuck Brown Park. The latest proposals for...
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Two local D.C. lawmakers will meet with officials at the White House later today over a DC Council resolution asking President Obama to have the "taxation without representation" license plate put on his official vehicles.  City lawmakers and voting rights activists are still hoping to convince the White House to use the license plate for this month's inauguration. Bill C...
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A veteran D.C. police officer has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a girl who sang in his church choir. Wendel Palmer, who joined the department in 1990 and had been assigned to its Sixth District, was arrested earlier today on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse. The abuse was reported last March by the accuser's mother and occurred between 2004 and 2006...
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More than two years after D.C. had to suspend its breathalyzer program because of faulty machines, the city's breath-test program is now up and running, and lawmakers continue to take steps to combat drunken driving. Mayor Gray signed into law two bills that he says will make the streets safer from impaired drivers. One of the laws allows D.C. to require that some convicted d...
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The Supreme Court says it is up to defendants to prove they withdrew from criminal conspiracies in time to take advantage of a five-year statute of limitations on prosecution. The high court unanimously ruled against Calvin Smith, who was convicted for his role in a drug organization in Washington, D.C. He says he shouldn't have been convicted as part of the conspirac...
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An effort to end Congressional review of D.C.'s municipal budget will appear on the District's next ballot despite concerns from the city's top attorney about its legality, according to the Associated Press. The D.C. Board of Elections will allow city residents to vote on a charter amendment that would let the city spend local tax dollars without approval by Congress. The amen...
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It's Sunday afternoon at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market. The place is packed. Vendors are lined up and down the street selling heirloom vegetables, pasture-free eggs, and grass-raised beef — there's even a stand for urban composting. But what D.C. Council hopeful Elissa Silverman cannot find, at least temporarily, are registered D.C. voters to sign her petition sheet. ...
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As the D.C. Council kicks off a new two-year legislative session, chairman Phil Mendelson is restructuring the council's committee assignments. The biggest change may be the return of a stand-alone committee for education — that responsibility will go to at-large council member David Catania. Mendelson also shuffled the deck, so to speak. Muriel Bowser will take over...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton was once again denied the right to vote in the Committee of the Whole on the House floor, but she plans to challenge the decision, the Associated Press reports.  Norton, who is D.C.'s non-voting delegate to Congress, can vote in committees but not on the House floor. But a judge has ruled in the past that she can vote on the floor in the Co...