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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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Candidate Support Vincent Gray 28% Muriel Bowser 20% Jack Evans 13% Tommy Wells 12% Andy Shallal 6% ...
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With just over a month to go before the April 1 mayoral primary, most voters in D.C. say they are satisfied with how things are going in the city. That's according to a new "NBC4/WAMU/Washington Informer/Marist" poll. Of Democrats polled, 74 percent say the city is headed in the right direction — 22 percent say the city is on the wrong track. The poll surveyed 738 r...
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With a little more than a month to go until the D.C. primary, the endorsements in the mayor's race are starting to pour in. The latest winner: Council member Muriel Bowser, who scored the backing of EMILY's List. EMILY's List — a political action committee that supports pro-choice candidates — credited Bowser's work as a Ward 4 Council member and her track record on econo...
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The head of Fairfax County schools may trade staff for teachers in the system's upcoming budget. Sources familiar with the system say Fairfax County schools Superintendent Karen Garza has a history of cutting costs in order to give teachers raises, setting the stage for her budget priorities this year. Garza has proposed $41 million dollars in pay hikes for classr...
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Data released by the District shows very few students in the city attend their assigned public schools. The Washington Post reports only about a quarter of D.C. students attend their assigned schools. The data also shows that students spread out widely across the city from their neighborhoods. On average, elementary students living in one D.C. school boundary act...
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The Library Congress is hosting an open house for the Presidents' Day holiday. Visitors will get the change to see a special presidential display as well as learn how to use the library's resources. The reading room will be open Monday for the Presidents' Day holiday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reference librarians will show visitors how to obtain registration cards and use the ...
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Winter Storm Resources School Closings Emergency Shelters and Hypothermia Tips VDOT's Snow Plow Tracker ...
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Alexandria police released a sketch of the suspect in last week's shooting. The manhunt continues as police search for the person who shot and killed a 59-year-old piano teacher i...
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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) of illegally meddling in a land deal around a Metro station. Graham has already been reprimanded by his Council colleagues for offering to support a developer's bid for the District's lottery contract if the firm withdrew its bid for the Metro project. U.S. District Jud...
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In the D.C. mayor's race, Council Member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) scored a victory last night over rival Mayor Vincent Gray and the other opponents by winning the Ward 4 straw poll. Inside the Paul public charter school on Eighth Street NW, hundreds of Ward 4 residents piled into the seats of the auditorium to hear the candidates offer up their vision for the city. Concerns a...
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The D.C. Council has given initial approval to a bill decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a $25 civil fine — less than a parking ticket. There would be no jail time and no criminal record. But concern over widespread pot use in public caused Council members to add language to ...
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Outside money continues to pour into the D.C. mayor's race as the candidates scramble to raise campaign cash. An analysis of the reported campaign filings finds more than 40 percent of the money donated to the city's mayoral candidates is from outside the city. By far, most of that cash came from neighboring Maryland, which accounts for one out of every five dollars raised by ...
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In the race for a D.C. Council seat, a long-time Democrat is dropping out to run as an independent — and it may be a sign of things to come. Longtime city activist Bryan Weaver announced on Wednesday that he's exiting the April 1 primary race for the Ward 1 seat on the D.C. Council, setting up a one-on-one contest between incumbent council member Jim Graham and Brianne Nadae...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says an investigation is underway after reports that city firefighters didn't come to the aid of a man who collapsed across the street from a fire station. Relatives of Medric Cecil Mills, 77, say he went into cardiac arrest on Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot and later died. They say several people went across the street to the fire ...
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D.C.'s homeless shelters are so crowded the city is paying for hundreds of families to stay at hotels in Maryland. Council member Tommy Wells — who is running for mayor — calls the situation a "failure" by the current administration. In the parking lot of a hotel in Prince George's County where D.C. is paying for homeless families to stay, Wells placed the blame squarely ...
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D.C. Council member and former mayor Marion Barry has been released from Howard University Hospital after a 16-day stay. Barry's spokeswoman LaToya Foster says he was released Monday. Barry's office has not specified what the 77-year-old was being treated for. The former four-term mayor has suffered from a variety of ailments, including prostate cancer and diabetes. ...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is defending the department after a string of high-profile arrests involving Metropolitan Police Department officers. There was one officer arrested for pimping teenage girls. Another was busted for child pornography. And a third was just arrested for attempting to kill his wife. The arrests led to an emergency D.C. Council hearing last ...
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Cold Help To help someone in need of shelter, you can call the hypothermia hotline at 1-800-535-7252 or just dial 3-1-1. The Mid-Atlantic region is digging out and bundling up after a storm that dumped inches of snow gives way to dangerously cold temperatures. The District is turning a handful of recreation cente...
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In D.C., more than 200 snow plows will hit the streets as the city prepare for the upcoming winter storm. The trucks will deploy as part of a three-pronged attack for the city's so-called "Snow Team." First, crews applied brine and beet juice to bridges and other elevated structures to prevent ice from forming. Once the snow starts to fall, the trucks will begin s...