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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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D.C. Council member David Catania is calling for his opponent in the mayor’s race, Council member Muriel Bowser, to return campaign contributions that he says are “tainted” because of their financial connections to the controversy involving a troubled housing complex in Southeast D.C. At issue is Bowser’s involvement in a dispute between the city and two political su...
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A Senate subcommittee has approved a major spending bill that would grant D.C. full control over its local budget and laws. The appropriations bill released publicly on Thursday represents a stark contrast to a spending bill approved by the House in terms of its effect on the District. The House version would invalidate the city's strict gun-control policies and bar the Dis...
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As D.C. Council members debate the proposal for a new soccer stadium in southwest Washington, much of the controversy surrounding the deal involves a plot of land across town in northwest D.C. To make the D.C. United soccer stadium work, the Council needs sign off on land swaps between the city and private developers. Basically, the city trades taxpayer-owned parcels in retu...
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D.C. Police are trying to track down former Washington Redskins tight-end Fred Davis. The football player has been charged with assault in connection to a domestic violence incident in Northwest D.C. last month. The incident happened on June 2 at 3 a.m. in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Police are trying to locate Davis, who lives in Leesburg, Virginia. Police list the tight...
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Rep. Andy Harris, the Maryland congressman behind the effort to block D.C.’s new marijuana decriminalization law, may soon be hearing from city residents about more than just pot — potholes, in fact. If Harris wants to act like a D.C. Council member, he should be treated like one — that’s the message behind D.C. Vote’s ...
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An employee with the social security administration in D.C. has been sentenced to a year and half in prison for accepting bribes Federal prosecutors say Christopher Payton, a Social Security Specialist, pocketed more than $50,000 in bribes. In return, he helped more than a dozen people receive extra, unauthorized benefits. Payton, a Maryland resident, was based out...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is trying one last time to restore funding for the streetcar project. The mayor has vetoed the D.C. Council’s budget, setting up what could be the final vote on the spending plan. In a letter explaining his use of the veto pen, the mayor said he cou...
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There's another candidate in the race for D.C. Attorney General. The D.C. Council tried to delay the election—in part because members feared no one would enter the race. That's not a problem in this contest. The latest candidate is Lateefah Williams, a 37-year-old attorney who once worked as counsel to the state Senate delegation in Prince George's County. Willi...
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A power failure at the District's communication center affected 911 services and severely impacted the radio communications system used by police for five minutes. Officials say it happened yesterday at just before 1 p.m. when the city's Unified Communications Center lost power. The center handles 911 calls for the police and fire departments. Authorities say the...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says better planning is needed to prevent a "cannibalistic environment'' between charter schools and traditional public schools. Henderson's comments to ...
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Advocates for D.C. autonomy are calling on local residents to boycott some popular vacation spots along Maryland’s Eastern Shore after that region’s congressman moved to block the District’s new marijuana law. Republican congressman Andy Harris, who represents Ocean City and other parts of the Eastern Shore, made news last week when he introduced a budget amendment in ...
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The U.S. men's national soccer team takes on Belgium today in the knockout round of the World Cup, and it looks like fans will their pick of outdoor venues where they can watch the big game on a big screen. Since the organizers of those big Dupont Circle watch parties announced they didn't have the cash to host another U.S. soccer match on the big screen, the District govern...
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A state delegate in Virginia's Henrico County is facing criminal charges over an alleged sexual relationship with a teenage girl. A special grand jury has issued five indictments against Delegate Joseph Morrissey, a Democrat from Henrico County. The felony charges include indecent liberties with a minor, as well as possession and solicitation of child pornography. ...
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Organizers of the Fort Reno concert series are expected to meet with the National Park Service later today. The popular summer tradition in northwest D.C. was cancelled after organizers said new regulations imposed by the federal government would be too costly. Organizers say that for the first time in more than four decades, the U.S. Park Police has ordered that ...
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The D.C. Council is considering a deal for the proposed soccer stadium in Southwest D.C. Council members say they're on board with a new stadium in southwest D.C., but several have concerns about how the deal is structured. The deal hinges on the city trading away land at 14th and U Streets NW — a hot spot for development — to a developer in return for land where the st...
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Singer Chris Brown was close to a plea deal in his assault case that would have kept him out of jail, but the talks have fallen apart because prosecutors and defense attorneys can't agree on what the singer would acknowledge happened last year. Brown was arrested in October outside a hotel and charged with misdemeanor assault. A fan accused the singer of hitting him when he ...
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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be Maryland's Democratic nominee for governor after soundly defeating the field in a low-turnout election. At times, it was a bruising primary, filled with negative ads and sharp-elbowed debates, and the early primary date didn't help either as voter turnout was low across the board. But all that matters is the final result—and it was a clear, r...
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Another D.C. Council candidate is admitting to taking part in an illegal campaign finance scheme that was orchestrated by businessman Jeffrey Thompson. Jeff Smith, a candidate for the Ward 1 race in 2010, admitted in court to receiving illegal, shadow campaign funds from Jeffrey Thompson, a prominent city contractor, and then conspiring to cover up the off-the-books contribu...
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The National Zoo is adding three new Asian elephants to its herd, and they will make their public debut this week. The female elephants arrived in May from the Calgary Zoo in Canada. They have been in quarantine for 30 days and will join the zoo's herd of four existing elephants on Monday. The new elephants include 39-year-old Kamala, 39-year-old Swarna and 23-ye...
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It's been five years since a deadly crash on Metro's red line killed nine people and injured dozens of others. To honor those killed, the city is building a memorial in Northeast D.C. City leaders, such as D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), say they want to build a solemn, peaceful place to remember the lives lost in the 2009 crash. "What this memorial ...