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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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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...
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Michael A. Brown will attempt to return to the D.C. Council, this time as a Democrat. The independent was defeated in November by independent David Grosso. The D.C. Board of Elections says Brown picked up nominating petitions Wednesday for a special election in...
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Six incoming members were sworn into the D.C. Council Wednesday, including newcomer David Grosso — the independent candidate who defeated incumbent Michael A. brown in November for the at-large seat reserved for non-Democrats. Grosso is an attorney and former staff m...
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Construction on the Washington Redskins training camp in Richmond, Va., could start as soon as this week. The Redskins have agreed to hold their summer training camp in Richmond for the next eight years as part of an economic incentive deal struck with the state. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Richmond's city council approved an amended version of the devel...
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D.C. Police have identified an alleged bank robber who tried to use the Metro as his getaway vehicle. The Metropolitan Police Department says officers arrested 57-year-old Scott Lee Feuer of southeast Washington D.C. in connection with the robbery Friday. Police say the robbery happened at a Wells Fargo bank on K Street at about 10 a.m. Friday. Police asked Metro Tra...
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The advocacy group DC Vote is launching a petition effort on the White House website to request the DC's "Taxation Without Representation" lic...
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Outgoing D.C. Council member Michael Brown says he's "moving toward'' a run in an April special election for the vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council. In an appearance earlier today on NewsChannel 8's Newstalk program, Brown repeatedly deflected questions about whether he's running. Brown says he...
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D.C. Council member Marion Barry's proposal to grant new legal protections to people with criminal records was defeated at the D.C. council Tuesday. The proposal was controversial; it would've banned potential employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before extending job offers. Business owners say the bill would've exposed firms to costly litigation...
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The D.C. Council holds its final legislative meeting of the two year session. It's been a tumultuous period, and many issues remain up in the air. Starting with the controversy over then-chair Kwame Brown's request for a fully-loaded luxury SUV to the federal investigations, and later resignations of two council members, it's been a scandal-packed two years at city hall. ...
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A federal judge has postponed a court appearance for a former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. Eugenia Jeanne Clarke Harris admitted to facilitating a $650,000 shadow campaign to help Gray get elected in 2010. She is one of three former Gray campaign aides to plead guilty...
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In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown Conn., the dean of the Washington National Cathedral told his congregation Sunday that it's time for the faith community to challenge the gun lobby and press for stricter gun control laws. "Enough is enough." That was Rev. Gary Hall's message during his Sunday sermon at the National Cathedral. Hall said it's time for the...
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The U.S. Attorney's Office has concluded its criminal investigation of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown's 2008 campaign, according to the Associated Press. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen issued a statement about the investigation after Brown's brother, Che Brown, ...
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With the federal investigation into D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign likely stretching into 2013, it appears authorities are also probing how city lawmakers handled a 2009 lottery contract.  When it comes to gambling, they say the house always wins. But it's looking more and more like D.C.'s 2009 lottery contract isn't exactly a winning hand for many of the players...
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D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is introducing emergency legislation to ban money-order campaign contributions greater than $25. Cheh says she is disappointed the council has so far failed to enact comprehensive campaign finance reform, but she says an emergency bill would allow large money order contributions to be banned in time for the upcoming ...
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People seeking medical assistance for drug overdoses in the District will soon have more legal protections. Many people who witness overdoses are reluctant to call 911 because they're afraid of being arrested, advocates say. The act would give these callers immunity for drug possession and related minor offenses in an effort to reduce deaths from overdosing. It also ...
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The field for the April 23 special election to fill the vacant seat on the D.C. Council is starting to take shape. Republican Pat Mara has declared his candidacy for the at-large seat most recently occupied by Phil Mendelson, now council chairman. In a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 10 to 1, Mara will nonetheless be viewed as one of the front-runners. Ma...
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A judge has agreed not to set a sentencing date for a former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. Thomas Gore, an assistant treasurer to Gray's 2010 campaign against then-mayor Adrian Fenty, pleaded guilty in May to making straw donations to...
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There's a new D.C. Council member; the D.C. Democratic party has picked its chairwoman, Anita Bonds, to temporarily fill the at-large council seat. Bonds' political career dates back to the early 1970s when she helped run Marion Barry's first campaign for school board. Since then, Bonds has worked for several mayors and most recently, has been serving as chair of the local D.C...