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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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Everyone in town is vying for the attention of Pope Francis — a wave, a blessing, a word. But one group is staging a strike in order to support the pope’s message for income equality. Pope Francis In D.C. Full coverage from WAMU and NPR ...
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After regulators in D.C. nixed a multibillion-dollar deal to merge Pepco and energy giant Exelon, both opponents and supporters of the merger say the fight isn't over yet. Last month the D.C. Public Service Commission rejected the proposed merger, saying the deal wasn't in the pub...
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Ballou High School in Southeast D.C. is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the nation’s capital. With the academic year just underway, students were greeted outside the school Tuesday by a surprise: Fathers, grandfathers, and other men from the neighborhood came out to show their support. “Good morning young brother, we are here for you!” exclaime...
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Metro Connection Segments How A Spike In Gun Violence Weighs On Residents Of Shaw, Woodland Terrace ...
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D.C. Mayor Bowser’s news conference to announce an anti-crime strategy was disrupted by Black Lives Matter activists on Thursday. With violent crime surging in the city, Mayor Muriel Bowser is calling for tougher laws on the books and more cops on the streets. She says this tough-on-crime approach isn’t about locking more people up. “We are not here to talk a...
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As D.C. celebrates the birth of two baby pandas at the National Zoo, officials caution that trying to raise twins in captivity is difficult — especially during the first of couple of weeks. Zookeepers say they had a challenging night with the two panda cubs. Giant pandas generally will not nurse twins, so zookeepers have come up with a system to keep one cub with the mom ...
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The murder rate in the District of Columbia is up 35 percent over last year and police are pulling out all the stops to end the violence. Authorities have cited a number of different motives for the spike in crime: synthetic drugs, petty disputes, even dice games. But now the focus is now turning to illegal firearms. This week, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the ...
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To help stem this summer's gun violence, police in D.C. are more than doubling how much they'll pay for information on illegal firearms. Homicides are up more than 35 percent this year, and after another violent week in Washington, police Chief Cathy Lanier announced t...
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To spread the message of nonviolence, dozens of men walked 35 miles from Baltimore to the White House. As part of the 300 Men March, the men left at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, trekking through the night and arriving in D.C. early Monday afternoon. One of the organizers, Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott, says the group has a simple goal...
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After helping lead the effort to legalize marijuana, D.C. At-Large Council member David Grosso says it's time to rethink the city's approach to stopping prostitution. "If you continue to arrest women or men involved in commercical sex work, you are just spinning your wheels — you are not really addressing the real issues on the table," says Grosso. Amnesty Inter...
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D.C. is now on pace to record its most homicides in nearly eight years, and police are trying different strategies to stem the violence in certain neighborhoods. In the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest D.C., police have placed an officer under a red tent, near where the...
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As the murder rate continues to climb in D.C., authorities are trying out new strategies to clamp down on violent crime. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser met with the police chief and other various agency heads Thursday to discuss ways to slow down the uptick in murders. They'...
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Across the country, more police departments are outfitting officers with body cameras. A pilot program in D.C. equipped roughly 400 officers with body cameras, and now the city is moving forward with plans to supply them to nearly every patrol officer. But the question remains: how mu...
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Violent crime is on the rise in Washington, D.C., and police don't know why. The city is now on pace to record its most murders in nearly a decade. Eighty-seven people have been killed in the District this year. As police look for ways to stem the violence, family members of victims also want answers. On a hot July night night two months after their daughter's deat...
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This week, police chiefs from around the country gathered in D.C. to tackle a nationwide uptick in violent crime. Out of this summit came a handful of recommendations, but one stood out: sentencing reform. This tough-on-crime crowd says it's time to take a look at how to break the cycle of recidivism. Leaders with the police chiefs association say they would get be...
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A summer crime wave has police in D.C. — and around the country searching for answers. And with more violence over the weekend, the city’s homicide rate is now up 25 percent from last year. The latest homicide happened on 18th Street Northeast, right off Maryland Avenue. It’s a residential area. Neighbor Betty Claute has lived here for more than five decades. She’s ...
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Donald Trump, the current front-runner for the GOP nomination, is making good on a promise to sue one of D.C.'s most popular chefs. Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced earlier this month that he's ...
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Like other big cities across the U.S., the District is experiencing an increase in violent crime, especially murders. And to help understand find ways to combat the problem, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says she’s going to meet with other police chiefs from across the country. The homicide rate has jumped 20 percent since last year, with 82 people having been killed so f...
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It's been a violent summer in D.C. The murder rate is up 20 percent from last year. Thursday night, representatives from at least eight law enforcement and criminal justice agencies are meeting at New Samaratin Baptist Church in Northeast D.C. for a community event on public safety. The meeting was organized by D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie, chair of the pub...
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Metro Connection Segments East Potomac Park: Hidden Gem, Neglected Greenspace? ...