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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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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) is set to formally kick off his campaign for mayor—he will announce his candidacy on Saturday at a busy intersection in the ward he represents. Wells formed an exploratory committee in February. He'll be the sec...
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The leader of Richmond's Tea Party says his group was among those improperly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service. Laurence Nordvig told the Richmond Times-Dispatch his organization grew suspicious during questioning over a two-year period in...
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Thirty people have been deported from D.C. under a program that requires states and localities to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, according to data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE. The Washington Times reports that people li...
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A District of Columbia police officer has been charged in a federal money laundering investigation in Pennsylvania. Jared Weinberg was arrested Monday at the department's fourth district station, where he worked, to face the federal criminal charge. Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said Weinberg had been with the department since February 2012. She said the criminal...
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Expansion plans at Arlington National Cemetery are causing environmental concerns. Critics say the 27-acre Millenium Project expansion would damage a stream and trees that have been at the site since the Civil War. And they are asking whether the cemetery should instead begin preparing for the day when the cemetery can no longer bury anyone else. Cemetery officials plan to ded...
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Four in five Americans don't think the Washington Redskins should change the team's name, according to a new poll by the Associated Press. Some consider "Redskins" to be a derogatory term for Native Americans, and the team has faced a barrage of criticism for refusing to change it. Opponents recently launched a new round of legal proceedings intended to deny the team federal t...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and city leaders are set to introduce a new bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. According to a Facebook message posted by his Office of Neighborhood Engagement, tomorrow Gray will join lawmakers to propose a "trailblazing bill that would allow a...
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Hail to the... Redtails?  D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) is advocating for the region's popular professional football franchise to change its name from the "Washington Redskins" to the "Washington Redtails." Grosso calls the team's existing name "racist and derogatory," and that "it's time to make a change." The team's name has been the subject of r...
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A uniform color scheme for D.C.'s fleet of taxi cabs may soon be on the way after months of back and forth and calls for modernization to the District's fleet. Red with a grey stripe is the winning color scheme, according to NBC Washing...
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D.C. Fire Department officials say they've changed the perameters for the definition of arson in the District. The move is helping the department increase its closure rate for arson investigations. ...
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The head of the D.C. police officers' union is requesting a review of the city's emergency dispatch system. Kris Baumann wrote in a letter to Council member Tommy Wells on Thursday that systemic failures, such as inaccurate information being provided by dispatchers to officers, could open the door to a "major breakdown or a tragedy." He says dispatchers are routinely too ove...
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D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says the overwhelming approval of a budget autonomy referendum by D.C. voters has led to new talks on Capitol Hill about a bill that would accomplish the same thing. The charter amendment approved by voters ...
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Anita Bonds is the winner of D.C.'s special at-large election. Bonds defeated five other candidates in a close race that featured low voter turnout. Less than 10 percent of registered DC voters cast a ballot -- one of the lowest turnouts in city history. Bonds, a Democrat who has long been active in District politics, was endorsed by many of D.C.'s elected officials an...
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D.C. voters head for to polls today for a special election. There's an at-large council seat up for grabs as well as a referendum that could grant the District greater autonomy. There are six candidates running to fill the open council seat: Republican Pat Mara, Statehood Green's Perry Redd and four Democrats: Anita Bonds, Elissa Silverman, Paul Zuckerberg and Matthew Frumin. ...
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Voters in the nation's capital are all but certain to approve a charter amendment Monday that would grant the city more control over its municipal budget. In theory, the amendment would take effect unless Congress passes a disapproval resolution and President Obama signs it. But both the White House and Senate Democrats have shown strong support for greater independence for...
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Patrick Mara Addresses GOP Affiliation With a week to go before a special election for an open D.C. Council seat, Republican Patrick Mara appears to have the most money to spend. Mar...
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Emancipation Day Events 8 a.m.: Emancipation Day Prayer Breakfast 11 a.m.: Emancipation Day Parade...
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In a recent poll on the upcoming D.C. Council special election, more than 40 percent of likely voters say they are still undecided. The automated telephone survey, commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation and the Drug Policy Alliance, polled over 1,600 registered voters from April 10 to 11. According to the poll, 19 percent say they are supporting...
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With just over a week to go before a special election for a D.C. Council seat, the candidates are facing a key deadline. The last campaign finance reports candidates have to file before the election are due Monday. Interim Councilmember Anita Bonds is trying to hold onto the seat, which became vacant after Phil Mendelson was elected council chairman. She faces five chall...
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For more than seven years, the company providing scratch-off lottery tickets in D.C. has managed to avoid a city law that requires participation by local businesses in major contracts. D.C. law requires that local businesses receive at least 35 percent of major contracts. The law was approved in 2005, a few months after Scientific Games Corp. won a $50 million contract as t...