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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 David Grosso says he wants to give the city's charter schools the ability to favor neighborhood families during the admission process. The bill "allowing" charters to use neighborhood preference in the enrollment process if they want to was introduced Tuesday. D.C. has one of the highest concentrations of charter schools in the country, but as the ...
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The issue of gun control is threatening to divide the Washington Council of Governments. Earlier this month, the council of governments, a body created and funded by local jurisdictions to promote regional cooperation, passed a resolution dealing with gun violence. It essentially adopts the ...
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Former D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown has dropped out of the race to rejoin the council. Brown announced late Tuesday that he was ending his campaign for "personal and family'' reasons. He said in a statement that the issues require his "immediate attention,'' but did not elaborate further. Brown, a Democrat, was running in a special election for an open at-large...
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D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry was taken to the hospital last night after he says he experienced a drop in blood sugar. The longtime council member and former mayor broke the news from the hospital via Twitter. ...
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The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress says salaries for members of Congress should be reduced the next time automatic spending cuts take effect. Democratic Del.Eleanor Holmes Norton says she'll introduce a bill next week that would subject Congressional salaries to any future automatic, across-the-board cuts like those that took effect last month. The 1985 la...
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The soccer field at the Marie-Reed Elementary School in Adams Morgan will soon be getting an upgrade. With the help of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and the Manchester City Football Club, what is now a dirt field will be turned into a brand new, state-of-the-art soccer field. The aim is to turn the field into an all-weather, artificial turf field in time for the begi...
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Arlington County has halted a plan to build 23 "super" bus stops after the first one cost $1 million. The "super stops" were designed to serve passengers on buses on Columbia Pike, as well as passengers on Arlington's planned streetcar line. The first stop at Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive took 18 months and $1 million, drawing outcry. In a statement Friday, Count...
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A judge has set a July sentencing date for a former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. Thomas Gore, one of three Gray campaign aides to plead guilty to felonies, admitted making secret payments to another candidate and shredding records of th...
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D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is apologizing for recent failures that led to slow ambulance response times in the city, but two District council members say they remain concerned about the chief's management of the department, given its staff and equipment shortages. Ellerbe told a D.C. Council committee Thursday that the department's fleet "maintains an acceptable level of ...
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DC Council candidate Pat Mara, who just won the DC Sierra Club endorsement, is disputing a congressional lobbying record that lists him as a paid lobbyist for Exxon Mobil. Mara says the 2006 filing listing him as a lobbyist for Exxon is not accurate, saying he  "did zero percent lobbyi...
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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...