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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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As bicycling grows in popularity in D.C., city lawmakers are looking at ways to make two-wheel commuting safer and easier. On Tuesday, Council members Tommy Wells and Mary Cheh introduced the Bicycle Safety Omnibus bill to do just that. The package of proposalsare quite robust, and focus heavily on improving driver awareness of cyclists in the city streets. Provisions include:...
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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells is expected to propose a bill during tomorrow's legislative session that would give the mayor temporary authority to shut down any stores found to be selling stolen cell phones. Wells, who became chair of the Committee on Public Safety this year, wrote on Twitter ...
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Activists in the District are suing to stop a major land deal between the city government and a private developer. Several years back, D.C. agreed to turn over a handful of city properties to the developer East Banc, including an outdated fire station and library. In return for the land, which was valued at around $30 million, the developer promised to build a new fire ...
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D.C. is closer to picking out a color for its fleet of 7,000 taxi-cabs. In New York, they're yellow. In London, they're black. If the D.C. TaxiCab Commission has its way, the city s fleet will be red. A four-member panel recommended the color because of its association with the District flag, its sports teams — such as the Capitals and Nationals — and with other form...
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A University of Maryland student has been charged with making up a story about being robbed at gunpoint because she owed money to a relative. Prince George's County police say Teshauna Jones, 18, has been charged with making a false statement. Police have investigated several recent robberies on and around the College Park campus. Jones told police that she was robbed ...
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The District of Columbia's ethics board has found evidence that D.C. Council member Jim Graham violated the city's code of conduct for elected officials when he intervened in the lottery contracting process. But the board is not pursuing the matter because it has no authority to punish him.  The board was investigating whether Graham improperly offered to support a develo...
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Native American activists are applauding D.C. mayor Vincent Gray for saying the Washington Redskins should consider changing its name. The team's nickname was a major topic of discussion at a day symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian. Gray recently said the football team should consider changing its name if it returned to D.C. Former U.S. Senator Be...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray promised a major investment in affordable housing during his State of the District address Tuesday. The address, his third since taking office, which was held last night at the Sixth & I historic synagogue in downtown D.C. In an hour-long speech that leaned heavily on bas...
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D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells is introducing a bill to ban coal-burning at the power plant that heats the U.S. Capital. The proposal would ban coal burning in D.C., and targets the only coal-burning plant in D.C., a cogeneration power plant on Capitol Hill that primarily uses natural gas, but still burns some coal At a council breakfast, Wells told his colleagues tha...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will deliver the State of the District address Tuesday night. This will be the third State of the District address for Gray. Tonight he is expected to call for a major investment in affordable housing, which may include a one-time payment to the city's housing production trust fund. Gray is also expected to call for an increase in pay for city ...
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The primary to elect D.C.'s next mayor is still a more than a year away, but one council member is getting closer to throwing his hat in the ring. Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells formally announced the creation of a "mayoral exploratory committee" Monday. The committee is a way for Wells to test the waters and gauge interest in a possible campaign. Wells, a Democrat, ...
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The District is beefing up its police force to meet the challenges of a booming economy and vibrant night life. D.C. Council chair Phil Mendelson says about 50 new police officers will be hired by the city through a funding "reprogramming." Mendelson says the move is made necessary by D.C.'s growing population and associated increase in activity at District hot spots. ...
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The first round of fundraising figures in the District has been tallied for this spring's special D.C. Council election. Democrat Matthew Frumin, a neighborhood advisory commissioner from Ward 3, practically lapped the field, raising $82,000 and posting $76,000 cash-on-hand. That's more than twice as much money as his closest competitor, in this case, Democrat E...
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A big spike in the price of gas this week in the D.C. metro area can be blamed in part to international tensions. The average price of gasoline in the Washington area increased to $3.55 — an increase of 24 cents a gallon since last week's $3.41. The national average was lower at $3.51 but also went up by 26 cents. "Pain at the pump has returned after a relative...
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Natwar Gandhi, the District of Columbia's chief financial officer, is stepping down. Gandhi intends to retire effective June 1, he informed Mayor Vincent Gray in a letter Friday. The letter does give a reason for Gandhi's resignation. He has served in the position for 15 years and was appointed to a new, five-year term last year. Gandhi's spokesman says the retirement is "f...
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The D.C. government has come up with a new way to get residents to pay their parking tickets. Forget to pay a ticket and, beginning this tax season, the city government says it will start the taking money owed out of peoples' tax refunds. This includes, parking tickets, red lights camera violations and other unpaid traffic penalties. The city already garnishes tax ref...
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Police say they won't file any charges against the son of Democratic Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, who was captured in an undercover video discussing a plan to cast fraudulent ballots. Arlington County police announced Thursday that Patrick Moran will not be charged. Police say the decision was made in collaboration with county prosecutors and the Virginia Attorney Gener...
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D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry says he's going to try to force the city to spend up to $100 million of its $417 million budget surplus on services for disadvantaged residents. Mayor Vincent Gray said Tuesday that most of the surplus automatically goes into the city's reserve fund. But Barry says the council has the authority to spend up to $100 million of any surplus witho...
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The District is reporting a $417 million budget surplus, but don't expect city lawmakers to go on a spending spree. The huge surplus, an 11 percent increase in revenue from the year before, was caused by a number of factors, according to city officials: The District is attracting younger, richer residents, who in turn are spending more in the city. S...
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D.C. officials will require Donald Trump's organization to pay millions in local property taxes to redevelop the Old Post Office Pavilion into a luxury hotel. Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump inquired about whether the District would forego the taxes to faciliate the development,...