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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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As the race for mayor picks up steam in D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray officially launched his bid for re-election over the weekend in Southeast Washington. As part of the 2014 campaign kick-off, Gray started off by apologizing for his last mayoral campaign. Gray told a crowded auditorium Saturday that he knows the 2010 campaign caused great pain and the city suffered  great emb...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is calling her Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill “bullies” after she was denied the opportunity to speak at a hearing about an abortion bill that affects D.C. residents. The bill before congress would, among other things, permanently ban DC from spending its local funds on abortion services for low-income women and it would also define ...
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The District is considering a plan to ban styrofoam food containers. Supporters say the move will help clean up the Anacostia River, but critics are raising doubts. There are eleven different bills in Mayor Vincent Gray's package of environmental legislation, but its one measure that seems to be grabbing all the attention — a plan to ban styrofoam containers at restaurant...
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It's an age-old problem in big cities everywhere: rats. But in D.C., one legislator says its time to step up the fight against four-legged vermin. In the ongoing battle between man and rat, Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) says one side is winning — and it's not the humans. "Rats are once again out of control in the District of Columbia," he said on Tuesday. D...
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The D.C. Council has voted to waive property taxes for some elderly residents. In an effort to protect long-time residents who may be forced to sell their homes because of rising property taxes, the Council has given preliminary approval to a bill introduced by Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) that would exempt certain senior citizens from property taxes. To q...
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The D.C. Council returns from winter break today, and as the city braces for a severe cold snap, the Council is taking up legislation that may help keep the power going during future weather events. City legislators will take their first vote on a financing bill to move many Pepco power lines underground. Last year, a commission created to study the issue backed a $1 ...
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Testing is set to begin on Metro's new fleet of modern rail cars. The newest fleet of rail cars, known as the 7000 series, have arrived and later today Metro is showing them off to leaders from around the area at the Greenbelt station in Prince George's County. The transit agency says the new cars are much different that the existing ones — they have wider aisles...
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The area around the nation's capital is bracing for what could be the coldest temperatures in two decades. The National Weather Service says air temperatures around D.C. and Baltimore are probably going to be in the low single digits by tonight and the wind will make it feel even colder. The potentially record-breaking cold snap is being caused by what meteorologists ...
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The race is on for D.C. Mayor, but first, candidates must first clear an important hurdle. To make next year's ballot, candidates in D.C. need to turn in signatures by Jan. 2. For the dozen-plus mayoral candidates competing in the April 1 primary, that means turning in 2,000 signatures of registered Democrats. Mayor Vincent Gray ended months of speculation by announci...
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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...