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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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Eight years ago, the Justice Department ended its oversight of the D.C. Police Department. The District's police force came under federal scrutiny after reports of excessive force and and a high rate of shootings by officers. Now, nearly a decade later, investigators have returned to see if those issues are still a problem. Michael Bromwich served as the independ...
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When the region squares off against a powerful winter storm, one of the biggest concerns is widespread power outages. But despite the heavy snow and strong gusts of wind, very few people lost their electricity during this weekend's storm — surprisingly good news for Pepco and its customers. During past storms — when thousands would often be left in the dark for days — ...
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Turning 16 is considered a milestone. In many states, it means being able to drive, pay taxes and work like an adult. In Washington, D.C., 16-year-olds could soon take on another responsibility: the right to vote in a presidential election. Michelle Blackwell is helping lead the effort to enfranchise teenagers in the nation's capital. But she's not your typical Washington poli...
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Could former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray make a comeback to city politics? A poll commissioned by Gray supporters finds wide support for the former mayor in Ward 7, with Gray beating incumbent Yvette Alexander 48 percent to 32 percent in his home ward. D.C. is no stranger to political comebacks, as the career of the late Marion Barry demonstrates. So it’s not surpris...
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Pepco recently inked a deal with D.C. to pay $25 million for naming rights near the planned soccer stadium for DC United. But the timing of the deal — along with the generous payout and scant details — have some questioning whether it's connected to the controversial merger agreement between the city government and the power companies Pepco and Exelon. For opponents of t...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser didn't campaign as a tough-on-crime candidate, but her first year as mayor has seen a spike in homicides. The mayor sat down for an hourlong interview with WAMU 88.5's Kojo Nnamdi Monday (listen to the entire segment on kojo...
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As regulators in D.C. decide the fate of the $7 billion merger between power companies Pepco and Exelon, the federal government is weighing in. In a letter to the D.C. Public Service Commission, the General Services Administration says regulators should reject the merger unless the companies offer up a better deal. The GSA has been called the "nation's landlord" b...
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The good government group Public Citizen is calling for regulators to halt the proposed merger between Pepco and Exelon. The push for an investigation comes after WAMU's latest report on FreshPAC. FreshPAC — the political action committee that supported mayor Muriel Bowser — was ...
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Records show the head of a political action committee that supported D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was paid by Exelon to lobby city officials, raising new questions about the Bowser administration's handling of the proposed high-stakes merger between Pepco and Exelon. T...
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Environmental groups and officials from the Bowser administration turned out for a public hearing on the proposed Pepco-Exelon merger yesterday. The only people missing from the D.C. Council hearing were the elected officials themselves. The $7 billion deal will likely affect every person who relies on electricity in D.C. over the next century. While the Council has no offic...
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Early next year, regulators in D.C. will either give a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down” to a proposed a merger between the power companies’ Pepco and Exelon. While most of the attention has focused on what the merger means for rate-payers’ pocketbooks, the impact on D.C.’s environment is also being scrutinized. In fact, the main reason D.C. regulators initially r...
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The attorney for former D.C. mayor Vincent Gray says there’s new information that casts doubt on the long investigation led by federal prosecutors into Gray's 2010 campaign, an investigation that was closed out yesterday without any charges against Gray. Spea...
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As D.C. regulators decide the fate of the $7 billion merger of power companies Pepco and Exelon, some Council members are making a final plea, urging them to reject the deal. In a strongly worded letter to the D.C. Public Service Commission, four Council members — M...
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District politicians are railing against another Republican presidential candidate's attempt to dismantle D.C.'s strict gun control laws. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced a bill to let people carry concealed handguns around the city. It's called the Defend Our Capital Act, and it follows similar proposals from Republican senators Marco Rubio and conservatives...
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The fate of the $7 billion merger between Pepco and Exelon likely hinges on what officials tell the D.C. Public Service Commission during this week's hearings. Executives from the power companies were grilled by regulators during an all-day session Wednesday. The questions focused on the settlement agreement hashed out between the D.C. government and Pepco and Exelon: How ...
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In the aftermath of the FreshPAC scandal, the D.C. Council is looking at ways to reduce the impact of moneyed special interests on local elections. The answer, according to some D.C. legislators, is public financing. ...
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A proposal to create the country’s largest public utility takes center stage this week in D.C. as executives from Pepco and Exelon will make their case before the city’s regulatory body. D.C.’s three-person Public Service Commission is the last remaining hurdle for the nearly $7 billion take over. Maryland and the other states involved have signed off on the deal, whic...
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Outside the French Embassy, roses, candles, even bottles of wine — the symbols of Paris — have been left by mourners to remember the victim’s of last week’s terrorist attacks. The outpouring of support continued Monday as city officials and residents stopped by all afternoon. “The French have always been our good friends from the founding of our country,” said Di...
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D.C. Mayor Bowser said Friday that she supports the decision to shut down FreshPAC, the controversial political action committee that was formed by a group of her supporters to — as they described it — support her agenda. Speaking from China during a conference call...