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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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It could soon be illegal for employers in D.C. to screen prospective job applicants based on their criminal history. The D.C. Council this week gave initial approval to so-called "ban the box" legislation, referring to the hiring forms that ask applicants to check a box if they've been convicted of a crime. Proponents of the measure say it would help end discrimina...
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After months of uncertainty, today the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that voters should for the first time elect an attorney general in 2014, reversing a move by the D.C. Council to delay the election until 2018. The battle isn't yet over, though — an appeal will be filed. The decision published today seemed to settle a legal back-and-forth over the meaning and intent of the...
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Former D.C. Council candidate Kelvin Robinson has admitted to receiving tens of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign donations from D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson. Prosecutors say Kelvin Robinson took the campaign cash during his unsuccessful bids for the DC Council in 2010. It was the second time in as many weeks that a District politician has admitted to receiving o...
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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he doesn't expect the Council to scale back or undo a proposal to apply sales taxes to yoga classes and gym memberships. Mendelson said Monday that the tax increase is part of a package of reforms that will red...
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Former D.C. Council Member Michael Brown has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for taking bribes from an undercover FBI agent. Brown apologized in court — and said he should've resisted D.C.'s culture of corruption — which he says is running rampant in city government. He's the third D.C. Council member in three years to be convicted of a felony that was...
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The D.C. Council gave initial approval to a sweeping package of tax cuts for District residents. The tax cuts — a last minute addition to this year's budget — would first affect low and middle income residents and later expand to those making up to $1 million a year. As part of the plan, a ...
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The D.C. Council will get its first chance today to look at Mayor Vincent Gray's proposal to build a new soccer stadium for DC United. The plan relies on tax breaks for the team and complicated land swaps between the city and private developers. The price tag for the stadium is nearly $300 million. The team will pay for about half the tab. The city is on the hook for an es...
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The president of the Washington Redskins is defending the team name after half the U.S. Senate signed a letter urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to force a name change. In a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Redskins president Bruce Allen sa...
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Members of Congress are stepping up pressure on the NFL to change the team name of the Washington Redskins. Fifty U.S. senators — all of them Democrats — signed on to a letter addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The letter asks Goodell to follow the example set by his counterpart in NBA, Commissioner Adam Silver, who moved to ban Los Angeles Clippers Owner Dona...
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D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson is back in court. Two months after pleading guilty to illegally funneling millions of dollars to the campaigns of Mayor Gray and other local candidates, the disgraced contractor made a brief appearance before a federal judge Thursday. ...
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The District of Columbia wants investors to bet on its ability to reduce teen pregnancy. Mayor Vincent Gray's office announced Wednesday that it will sell what are known as Social Impact Bonds to pay for a program to reduce teen pregnancy and help more teenagers graduate from high school. The idea is for "socially conscious investors'' to fund the program, and if it achieve...
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A federal judge could soon make a decision in the ongoing legal battle between the mayor and the D.C. Council over the city's budget autonomy law. Both sides were in federal court Wednesday to deliver oral arguments before Judge Emmitt Sullivan. At issue: Last year's referendum that was passed by voters to amend the Home Rule Charter so that D.C. can pass its own b...
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The campaign to legalize marijuana in D.C. is adding a doctor to its ranks as organizers push to get their voter initiative on November's ballot. The Drug Policy Alliance says its hired former surgeon Dr. Malik Burnett as a full-time organizer to help its legalization effort in D.C. The group says Burnett will focus on the ...
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The disciplinary hearing for one of the D.C. firefighters accused of failing to help a dying man outside a fire station has been postponed. D.C. firefighter George Martin is facing charges of misconduct for his role in the incident involving Cecil Mills — a 77-year-old man who ...
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Muriel Bowser, D.C.'s Democratic nominee for mayor, wants to cut the legal limit for drunken driving nearly in half. On Tuesday, Bowser introduced a bill that calls for the city to make a blood-alcohol concentration of .05 percent the legal threshold for drunken driving. The current limit is .08 percent in the District and all 50 states. The National Transportation...
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On a busy street in downtown D.C., Olu Oladugba scores a valuable parking spot. She breaks out her credit card as she gets ready to feed the meter. There's plenty of things that annoy her about parking — among them the search for an open spot — but there's one thing that really make her blood boil. "You have pay-by-phone parking... and they can't tell on the machines, so...
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A volunteer task force dedicated to finding 8-year-old Relisha Rudd discovered what appeared to be unidentified bones in a D.C. park where authorities had focused their search for the missing girl, but police do not believe the remains are human. The bones are being analyzed by the D.C. medical examiner's office, and according to Fox 5 police say they are not human. ...
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The NBA’s decision to ban Los Angeles Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks is renewing focus on the controversy surrounding Washington's football team's name. The ongoing debate over whether the Washington Redskins should change its team name — which some consider to be offensive to Native Americans — is heating up following NBA commissioner Adam Silver...
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Persistent problems with student absenteeism in D.C. public schools are receiving renewed attention following the disappearance of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. Last year about 15,000 students — or nearly one-third of all the students in the public school system — missed more than 10 days of class without a valid excuse. That's according to The Washington Post, which...
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Federal prosecutors want former D.C. Council Member Michael Brown, who has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes, to serve more than three years in prison. Brown pleaded guilty last year to accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents who were posing as businessmen. As part of the plea, Brown also admitted to taking more than $100,000 from Jeffrey Thompson, ...