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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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Developer subsidies can be a boon to District residents when used properly. They can draw shops and restaurants, new residents, and jobs. They can keep longtime residents from being priced out, and increase a neighborhood’s property values and the tax base for the city. But the city can’t ensure taxpayers are getting a good deal if developers’ promises are...
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Few developers were better at winning D.C.'s taxpayer-owned real estate than Blue Skye Construction and Donatelli Development. The two firms have won or partnered on a quarter of the land deals since 2008, a total of five projects that span the city. The appraised value of all this public land, according to city records: $17.5 million. The price paid by the...
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A historic mansion in Georgetown, a downtown office building flipped for a record profit and luxury apartments with a car elevator, a block from the White House. These are among the developments in D.C. receiving tax breaks and discounted public land. A WAMU investigation found the city awarded $1.7 billion in subsidies to 133 groups in the past decade — and more tha...
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The D.C. firefighters' union says it has no confidence in Chief Kenneth Ellerbe to lead the department. Union leaders say a "no confidence" resolution in Ellerbe was approved Monday by a tally of 300 to 37, or 89 percent in favor. Union president Ed Smith says Ellerbe's mismanagement of the fire department fleet has created gaps in coverage that are endangering firefighters an...
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Two men who used their nonprofit to help cover up theft of government funds by a D.C. council member have each been sentenced to probation and community service. Marshall Banks and James Garvin were sentenced Thursday. Each was given three years of supervised probation and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and pay restitution. Federal prosecutors say B...
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The National Park Service is updating its predicted peak bloom time for the District of Columbia's cherry trees, now saying the peak bloom will come in early April. Officials had said the city's famous cherry tree blooms would be at their best between March 26 and ...
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Washington's fire department has incorrectly listed equipment ready for service, according to fire union officials. Union officials say a report given to a D.C. Council committee last month listed six pumpers and other vehicles not available, including one in a Wisconsin junkyard. Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe said a deputy fire chief used an old fleet schedule for th...
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Catholics in the D.C. region reacted with jubilation on Wednesday to the election of 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Maria Begoglio of Argentina, now known as Pope Francis. On the campus of Catholic University in Northeast D.C., students first heard that white smoke was billowing from the Sistine Chapel via Twitter, and were quick to spread the news. "I was in class, actual...
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It is a crowded field in an off-year election. That means name identification, volunteer support and money will all be important in helping the candidates cross the finish line. Here are the campaign financial contributions so far for this spring's D.C. Council special election: Democrat Matthew Frumin, a Ward 3 neighborhood commissioner, continues to flex his ...
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Two Virginia congressmen are studying the possibility of extending the Metro transit system to Centreville in western Fairfax County and Woodbridge in Prince William County. Democratic Reps. Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran say population growth in both counties and the expansion of Fort Belvoir will make additional transit options essentia...
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Rising sea levels are threatening the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America in Jamestown, Va. Jamestown Island lies 3 feet or less above the tidal James River. Projections indicate that by the year 2100, it will be underwater. Virginia Institute of Marine Science marine geologist Carl Hobbs says Jamestown's future in 50 to 100 years is grim. H...
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The case against the Washington Redskins nickname begins again on Thursday. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will hear a petition brought by a group of Native Americans who say the Redskins should lose their federal trademark protection. They cite a law that prohibits registered names that are disparaging, scandalous, contemptuous or disreputable. The board strip...
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Campaign finance reform is on the agenda in D.C. again, after years of scandals have shaken city hall. From money order straw donations to a "shadow campaign", th...
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D.C. officials are trying to tackle truancy in city schools, but they are finding that there are no easy answers. The truancy numbers are staggering. City officials say that at some D.C. schools, half the students miss more than 20 school days a year. And as it became clear during yesterday's, three hour hearing, there are no quick solutions. Council member David Cata...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the department's campaign to tackle cell phone thefts is paying off, with robberies down 8 percent. Police say nearly 40 percent of robberies involve stolen smart phones, and after last year's huge increase in robberies, police have focused on shutting down the lucrative black market for the mobile devices. From convincing cell p...
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When District voters head to the polls this spring, they will have the opportunity not only to vote for a replacement for D.C. voters will have the opportunity to head to the polls this spring. While much of the focus is on who will be elected to fill the at-large city vacated by Cou...
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A statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be dedicated in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. President Barack Obama says it promises to be a "powerful moment." Parks' refusal in December of 1955 to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger led to a citywide bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., and encouraged nationwide efforts to end segregation. Parks died in Octo...
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The D.C. Council has voted to reprimand Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham for his role in a lottery contract scandal. The city's Board of Ethics recently found that Graham had violated D.C.'s code of conduct during a 2008 contracting matter. The 13-member council voted 11-2 on a resolution disapproving of Graham's conduct involving the contract. Graham and Council member Marion...
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D.C. Council Member Jim Graham is facing a possible reprimand by his colleagues on the council after the city's board of ethics issued a blistering a report last week stating Graham that violated the city's code of conduct during a 2008 contracting deal. The controversy for Graham started after a lengthy Metro report detailed that while serving on the Metro Board, the Ward 1 c...
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Maryland public high school students had the highest success rate on Advanced Placement tests in 2012, according to latest figures released by the College Board, reports the Associated Press. Virginia came in fifth, behind New York, Massachusetts and Florida. The previous year, Virginia students had the third highest success rate on the tests, which help students prepare for...