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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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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, ...
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President Barack Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation eager to greet him and his family to the front of the church. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters sat in the second row at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, nearly two miles north of the White House. They received a standing ovation during the welcome, with dozens ...
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A conflict between the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent Gray over whether or not the city now enjoys budget autonomy is heading to court, and a ruling could have an impact on how this year's budget process plays out. The Council is filing suit today over last year's budget autonomy referendum, in which 83 percent of D.C. residents voted to amend the city's Home Rule Charter to...
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A restaurant owner in the District and his son are pleading guilty to making illegal payments to the head of the city's taxicab commission. Tony Cheng — the politically connected owner of a restaurant in D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood — and his son Anthony, Jr. could each receive up to six months in prison under the plea agreement with prosecutors. Federal pro...
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D.C.'s attorney general says he supports proposed legislation aimed at removing the appearance of "pay-to-play" in city contracting. One of the bills proposed would eliminate the council's role reviewing contracts worth more than $1 million. Supporters say the contracting process has become too politicized and that council members are not experts in procurement. Another bill...
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Next month D.C.'s Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing drivers licenses to undocumented residents. Last year, the D.C. Council passed a bill creating a second class license for people who cannot prove their legal status. It will be marked "not valid for official federal purposes" such as boarding an airplane or entering a federal building. The council...
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In the District, as the search for missing 8-year-old girl Relisha Rudd continues, Mayor Gray says it's time to take a thorough review of the D.C. government's actions in her case. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered a pair of deputy mayors to review all the interactions District government agencies had with Relisha before she went missing. The girl was last seen M...
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Mayor Vincent Gray presented his final budget to the D.C. Council on Monday, marking the beginning of a two-month budget season that could get political. Gray's $6.79 billion spending plan calls for big investments in affordable housing and public education, and would fund a brand-new hospital in Ward 8. But members of the Council are already sounding the alarm o...
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Officials in D.C. are preparing to redraw the city's school boundaries, which could affect where thousands of students attend school. It's been over three decades since the city last changed its school boundaries: the geographic lines that determine which elementary school a student can attend. The city is also looking other ways to change how students are assigned to schoo...
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Additional D.C. Election Coverage Election Live Blog Gray Campaign Hangs Loss On Thompson Plea, Early Primary ...
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In less than 24 hours, the polls will open in the D.C. mayoral primary. And if early voting is an indication, turnout could be low for tomorrow's election. Early voting is now over. Roughly 14,000 voters participated, less than the 22,000 early voters that cast a ballot in 2010. That's a 36 percent drop off, despite the fact the city opened up more early early voting center...
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With a week to go until primary day, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray enters the final stretch with a cash advantage over his opponents.  The latest campaign finance reports show Gray with $320,000 on-hand. Council member Muriel Bowser, who polls show is neck and neck with Gray, is second, with just over...
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It's now easier to cast a ballot in this year's D.C. mayoral primary. The city has opened up a dozen more early voting centers across the city. This year the city's board of elections also set up a webpage showing the approximate wait times at each of the 13 early voting centers. The website also lists the addresses for the e...