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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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For more than an hour, Gray hammered home some of the same points that helped carry him to victory. He says that while parts of D.C. are enjoying unparalleled growth and success, some communities, particularly those east of the Anacostia River, are struggling."The truth is the growth in our city has been a miracle for some, and a mirage for others," says Gray. "For those left b...
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The council will probe some of the personnel scandals that have plagued Gray's new administration.Monday's oversight hearing with Council Member Mary Cheh will take a look at the ongoing saga involving Sulaimon Brown, the former mayoral candidate who claims he was paid and promised ...
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The name "Sulaimon Brown" didn't appear on Monday's witness list, but the former mayoral candidate made an appearance anyway."I came here because I am not running from anything," Brown says.But Brown, after receiving a request from the council to testify next month, seemed to later back down. When asked if he will testify, he responded that will consider it if Mayor Vinc...
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The speech comes at a critical moment for the new administration.A recent Clarus Poll shows the mayor's popularity has plummeted as a result of what Gray has called missteps by his administration involving questionable hiring practices.Monday night Gray will have the opportunity to ad...
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According to the 2010 census, half of Washington's 601,000 residents are black, while nearly 35 percent are white.Over the past decade, the District has gained 50,000 white residents and lost nearly 40,000 black residents.The last time D.C. did not have a black majority was 1950.Overall, the district's population has grown by nearly 30,000 since 2000.The ne...
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The Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off the tourism season here in D.C. And it's an important industry to local economy, second only to the federal government in terms of economic impact."The estimated economic impact of the economy in 2010 was about $126 million, so clearly the impact overall is pretty profound for Washington, D.C.," says Elliott Ferguson of Destination D.C. "I...
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The walk will start at the Washington Monument and work its way around the Tidal Basin.Diana Mayhew, president of the Cherry Blossom Festival, says at its heart the festival is about the relationship between Japan and the United States. What began as a gift 99 years ago has become D.C.'s most popular and important tourist attraction.Thursday night, Mayhew says, will be a...
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According to the Clarus Poll, Gray's job approval rating stands at 31 percent and 40 percent of residents polled disapprove of Gray's performance so far.The results are even worse for Brown, who received a 27 percent approval rating, and a 41 percent disapproval rating.The silver lining, according to the poll's author, is that nearly one in three people surveyed did not ...
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Acting Attorney General Irv Nathan says these companies have failed to pay tens of millions of dollars in taxes.The lawsuit claims that these online vendors are paying the city's 14.5 percent hotel tax at the wholesale rate on each room, not on what the customer actually pays after the room is marked up by the company.It may be a difference of a few dollars on each room,...
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Cheh is holding a hearing next week to look into some of the personnel scandals that plagued the new Gray administration, including charges of nepotism, the steep salary increases for some officials, and the hiring of ...
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Of the 150 or so patients participating in the D.C. Screen for Life program, 45 -- or almost 1 in 3 -- was diagnosed with precancerous polyps which, down the road, can sometimes lead to colon cancer.The good news, says Dr. Duane Smith of Howard University Hospital, is that by early screening, these polyps can be removed before they turn into something more serious."This ...
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Since becoming mayor, Gray has repeatedly said everything is on the table when it comes to closing the city's $300 million budget shortfall, meaning there could be a tax increase.Monday Gray tackled the question of a potential tax hike, and while he didn't take it off the table, he came very close."We've had discussions about tax increases. I do not envision any property...
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NPS Spokesman Bill Line says the new tree is a Colorado blue spruce from a New Jersey nursery and stands taller than 26 feet.That's quite a bit shorter than the old tree, which measured 42 feet high and stood in the same spot for more than three decades.But Line says he expects the new tree to grow well above its current height.The spruce was planted and installed...
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The doctors behind the program at Howard University Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital do not know why the patients in the program had a higher rate of precancerous polyps, and they're calling the findings "significant.""We wanna get the word out so that we can let other residents know of the importance of colon-cancer screening...because there is a high risk of having...
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Brown, a former mayoral candidate and former employee of the Department of Health Care Finance, says he was paid cash and promised a job by the Gray campaign to launch verbal attacks against then Mayor Adrian Fenty during the race.The probe is being led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif...
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There was uproar earlier this year when it was reported the city council chairman had leased not one, but two expensive, "fully-loaded" Lincoln Navigators.Bill Howland, the head of the city's Department of Public Works, testified Thursday before the city council that he should have questioned some of the luxury options requested: the entertainment system, the aluminum wheels, e...
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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who heads the committee to run the investigation, says in a statement that his investigators have been unsuccessful in their attempts to interview key figures close to Mayor Vincent Gray, and because of that he doesn't have confidence the District government can get to the bottom of the allegations.The mayor announced last week that D.C.'s ...
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Things have a way of moving very quickly these days at the Wilson Building, as the Gray administration scrambles to stay on top of all the mini-scandals and distractions.Hall, then the chief of staff, spoke outside a council hearing Wednesday afternoon. She was there to testify about all of the personnel problems that have plagued the Gray administration."I am still empl...
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He says all of the distractions involving personnel decisions were overshadowing the work of the government, and he hopes the move restores the public's confidence.Hall has faced criticism for a number of things, including charges of nepotism, as WAMU first reported, her son ...
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They say the $20 million facility is a major improvement over the old warehouse.How state of the art? Every piece of evidence that comes into the facility is weighed, scanned, bar-coded, bagged and tagged and then a computer actually figures out where the most efficient place to put the evidence is.Or consider how narcotics will now be stored: in a room where the tempera...