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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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Metro says serious crime is down by a quarter this year. According to the Metro Transit Police’s 2014 crime report, crime dropped in a number of areas: Smartphone thefts have been cut in half half. Robberies are down a third. And bike thefts decreased roughly 20 percent. Deputy Chief Kevin Gaddis recently told WAMU that Metro Transit Police launched several initi...
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Position Average Salary*D.C. Salary Chief Administrator$115,193.98$295,000.00 Top Elected Official$56,204.81$200,000.00 Chief Financial Officer$94,370.77$233,00...
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The D.C. government has lost a long-running legal dispute over the overtime costs of firefighters. The settlement could cost the city up to $50 million and hamstring efforts to balance the budget. D.C. was already in the hole. The budget shortfall for this year is roughly $80 million; next year, it’s even worse, with an estimated quarter of billion dollar budget gap. Now a...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser trekked up to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to talk about the city’s plight in Congress with Speaker of the House John Boehner. But despite the high-level meet, it remains unlikely that Republicans will stay out of the city's business. It’s about a mile from city hall to the U.S. Capitol, but the two power-centers are light years apart politically whe...
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Malfunctioning traffic cameras have helped create a big budget shortfall in D.C.  Expected revenues from the city’s traffic camera program have dropped off sharply and it’s not — as first thought — due to drivers obeying the speed limit.  The cameras, it turns out, haven’t been working properly, and the city is now scrambling to cover the estimated $40...
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In the wake of the deadly Metro incident earlier this month, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city is reviewing the decision to encrypt the radios used by Fire and Emergency Medical Services. D.C. recently moved to encrypt radio transmissions on the department's tactical — though not dispatch — channels. That means only people with encrypted radios can communicate or li...
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The son of late D.C. mayor and legislator Marion Barry is facing charges of assault, destruction of property and making a threat. Marion Christopher Barry, who is running to fill his late father's vacant Ward 8 council seat, appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday to face the misdemeanor charges. He pleaded not guilty and pledged to continue ...
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The D.C. Council will hold a special committee hearing soon on last week's deadly Metro incident. Council member Kenyan McDuffie, chairman of the public safety committee, has scheduled a meeting Feb. 5 to investigate the smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza that left one person dead and dozens of others in...
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Marion Barry’s son Christopher will reportedly turn himself in to authorities this week after an outburst at a bank. The younger Barry allegedly threatened a bank teller at a PNC Bank earlier this month and threw a garbage can at a security camera. ...
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A prominent civil rights group that's closely connected to the NFL is calling on the Washington Redskins and team owner Dan Snyder to change the team's name. The Fritz Pollard Alliance works with the league to promote diversity within its front office and coaching ranks. The group is composed of former NFL players, and its public announ...
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Officials from the District of Columbia are taking part in a wreath-laying ceremony Monday at the Dr. Martin Luther King J. Memorial on the National Mall. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is scheduled to be on hand for the ceremony at the memorial, along with Jeh Johnson, director of ...
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Calling the Monday incident in which one woman died and scores of passengers on a Yellow Line train were injured a "nightmare," Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is asking the transit agency for an immediate briefing on emergency response procedures. In a letter to Ri...
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This story was updated at 8:45 a.m. One woman died after smoke filled Metro tunnels and a Yellow Line train outside the L'Enfant Plaza station on Monday afternoon, prompting an evacuation and shutting down service between Navy Yard and Mount Vernon Square during the afternoon rush. Metro officials said that the woman, who had not been identified, p...
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D.C. Statehood Stories How A Civil Rights Struggle In The South Helped D.C. Elect Its Own Leaders ...
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Metro Connection Segments How A Civil Rights Struggle In The South Helped D.C. Elect Its Own Leaders ...
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The Washington region won't be getting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games after all. The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Thursday that Boston will be the city leading the U.S....
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The D.C. Council returned to work this week, and about one-quarter of its members are new. It's not only a different look — there's a new outlook as well.From banning the suspension of students in preschool to lifting the ban on surrogate mothers, the Council pursued a decidedly pr...
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D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) is introducing a bill to remove the D.C. Council from the procurement process. The Council currently gets to vote on contracts worth $1 million or more. Evans says it creates a perception of "pay to play'' when the Council rejects contracts that have been awarded through competitive bidding after the losers stage a lobbying campaign....
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Marion Barry’s son Christopher will run in the special election to fill his late father’s D.C. Council seat. Christopher Barry — whose full name is Marion Christopher Barry — picked up petitions to join the two-dozen candidates vying for the open Ward 8 seat. "It's official I'm running for Ward 8 Council member. Ward 8, the legacy continues, I'm energized...