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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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D.C. lawmakers are debating whether the criminal records should be sealed for those caught possessing pot. Advocates for the legislation, such as the bill's author, Council member David Grosso, say that as the District government considers decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijunana, it's important to also help residents who have prior arrests, charges or con...
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National test results show D.C. outpaced every other urban school district in the country for math and reading gains. Known as the Trial Urban District Assessments, the federal study looked at math and reading scores from 21 big cities around the country. D.C. was the only urban school system that showed statistical growth in all the tested areas: fourth grade math an...
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On Tuesday the D.C. Council approved a $33 million parking meter contract, setting aside a debate that had exposed what some critics say is the pervasive "pay-to-play" political culture in D.C. The contract for the maintenance of the meters was awarded to Xerox in 2012, but protested by the losing bidder, Rockville-based WorldWide Parking. After an appeals board backed the c...
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Police officers and firefighters in D.C. would be entitled to cost-of-living salary adjustments under legislation proposed by Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) on Tuesday. The measure would apply the three percent adjustments retroactively. Wells, the chairman of the Council's public safety and judiciary committee, says in a statement that the city's first respon...
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A debate over a parking meter contract at the D.C. Council is raising questions about the role of Council members and campaign donations in local government contracting. In 2012, Rockville-based WorldWide Parking submitted a bid for the lucrative contract to maintain the city's parking meters. Later that year, the city awarded the $33 million contract to Xerox. Since that dec...
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A D.C. Council hearing on a reported sexual assault at the Wilson Aquatic Center in Northwest D.C. reveals potential security flaws at the pool and other public facilities. Police are currently investigating the rape of a woman by an employee at the Wilson pool. Two other women, both reportedly underage according to a Council member, have also come forward and said they were...
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The D.C. Council is holding an emergency oversight hearing today following reports of sexual assault at the Wilson Aquatic Center in Northwest Washington. Police are investigating the rape of a woman by an employee at the Wilson Pool, and The Washington Post reports that two other women have come forward and said they were sexually assaulted there by an employee. Of...
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A former Senate aide arrested on child pornography charges could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Ryan Loskarn, the former chief of staff to Tennesee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, made his first appearance in court today after being arrested yesterday for possession and distribution of child pornography. Wearing jeans and fleece — apparently the s...
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This month, the D.C. Council unanimously approved campaign finance reform legislation to crack down on business owners who are able to evade contribution limits by using multiple companies to give donations. But some of the very Council members who voted for the law may not be following it as they run for mayor. As WAMU 88.5's “...
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D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) is the first candidate in the mayor's race to raise more than a million dollars. While Evans raised the most money, he also appears to have spent the most, reporting about $580,000 cash-on-hand. Council Member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), by contrast, has more in the bank. The Bowser campaign reports $750,000 cash-on-hand after ...
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D.C.'s new healthcare exchange is set to go under the microscope soon, as city legislators plan an oversight hearing. (The hearing was originally scheduled for today, but postponed to January due to the weather.) Last month, Mayor Vincent Gray claimed the city's healthcare exchange known as D.C. Health Link hadn't had any glitches sinc...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is traveling to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral. Before being elected to Congress, she was one of four activists in 1984 that visited the South African Embassy in a meeting that eventually led to serial protests, sit-ins and arrests at the embassy, actions that eventually helped spur the U.S. to levy sanctions against South Afr...
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An inspector general report on D.C.'s juvenile justice system says the city needs to do a better job of monitoring the young people under its care, who are often sent to facilities hundreds of miles away. More than a third of the minors committed to D.C.'s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) are placed in facilities outside D.C. The watchdog agency fou...
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D.C.'s fire department continues to have trouble tracking its fleet of vehicles. It seemed like a simple question from Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) to the officials from the fire department: where are the city's 13 brand new ambulances? "Can you tell me, are they in the shop, do you know where your ambulances are? This is not a trick question." The location...
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A watchdog group gives the District a failing grade over the lack of disclosure from its top judges. The Center For Public Integrity evaluated the disclosure rules regarding the personal finances of judges in the highest state courts around the country. The...
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The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill on first reading to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the highest in the nation. With every single Council member lining up to support the bill, it appears the measure will sail through on the second and final reading, and, equally important, survive a potential veto from Mayor Vincent Gray, who ...
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Official Candidates for D.C. Mayor: Andy Shallal Jack Evans ...
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The National Zoo is naming its giant panda cub Bao Bao after receiving hundreds of thousands of votes from the public. Bao Bao received her name during a special ceremony at the zoo on Sunday to mark her 100th day of life. The name means "treasure" or "precious." The cub has been an Internet sensation since her birth in late August, with fans in D.C. and around the wo...
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After years of parking where they choose, food truck operators in the District of Columbia are preparing to have their spaces assigned by lottery.  District officials say the lottery will bring ``predictability and certainty'' to the city's food truck scene.  The lottery system starts Monday. Participating trucks have been assigned spaces for their exclusive ...