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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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A jury has sided with D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier in a whistleblower lawsuit. The two-week trial centered around whether a police commander, Hilton Burton, had been demoted for speaking out against Police Chief Cathy Lanier during a D.C. Council hearing on police escorts for celebrities. The jury ruled that Burton's testimony to the D.C. Council was not protecte...
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A government watchdog group is blasting D.C. for lax oversight over its economic development programs. Good Jobs First, a nonprofit group that tracks public subsidies, says the city isn’t doing a good job of monitoring its taxpayer-funded projects. (Read the group's full repo...
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Jurors are deliberating in the whistleblower case involving D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. A former police commander claims he was demoted by the chief after he told the D.C. Council about the questionable use of police escorts for celebrities. The police escort scandal erupted in 2011 when Charlie Sheen tweeted pictures of D.C. police cars escorting him from Dulles airpor...
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A D.C. Council member says a new program to help minority boys in city schools may violate gender equality laws. Public school leaders announced that they plan to spend $20 million on a program intended to help black and Latino boys succeed last month. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says addressing the achievement gap among that population is the school system's "greatest...
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Update, 10:45 a.m.: The meeting was first delayed and then turned into a "round table" discussion. This comes after D.C.'s attorney general sent a letter to the Council advising them th...
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A D.C. police officer claims he was demoted by Chief Cathy Lanier after blowing the whistle on police escorts for Charlie Sheen and other celebrities. The incident began in 2011 — and started — with of all things — a tweet. Actor Charlie Sheen posted a picture of himself getting a high-speed escort from Dulles airport in Virginia by D.C. police cars with their lights ...
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Private donors coughed up more than a million dollars to pay for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's inauguration last month, covering everything from musical acts to cheese. Bel Brands, the Chicago-based makers of The Laughing Cow and other dairy products, contributed $8,000 worth of cheese, according to Bowser’s inauguration report on file with the city. Moët Hennessy — ...
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D.C.’s only public university could soon be named after its most famous politician: the late Marion Barry. D.C. Council Member Vincent Orange is proposing to redesignate the University of the District of Columbia after the four-term mayor. Orange says Barry was “UDC’s biggest champion” and the city should honor Barry by studying his life — both the good p...
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For nearly a year and a half, authorities in Fairfax County, Virginia, have remained silent over the investigation into the police shooting of John Geer. But newly-released documents contain a startling revelation: police officers say Geer was unarmed and had his hands up when he was shot by one of the officers. Late on Friday, ...
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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...