WAMU 88.5 Contributors

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

WAMU 88.5
A provision permitting D.C. to offer online gaming within its borders was included in the 2011 budget. A 30-day period for Congress to object to the measure expired last week.The law goes into effect despite the fact that there is a still a federal law on the books aimed at prohibiting online gambling.D.C. Council Member Michael A. Brown says he hopes the revenue the Dis...
WAMU 88.5
Gray staged Tuesday's press conference -- his first since the arrest -- outside the Metropolitan Washington's Planned Parenthood office in downtown D.C.Despite Monday's protest, the budget deal includes a rider banning D.C. from spending local dollars on abortions."The issue really is not just solely about abortions, or about vouchers, or about needle-exchange or about m...
WAMU 88.5
The protest began like countless others by District activists on Capitol Hill. Then, without any warning, Gray, several council members, and others walked into the middle of the street.One by one they took a seat on the pavement, and after repeated warnings, Capitol Police started arresting people. They started with protesters, then picked off council members until there was es...
WAMU 88.5
The protest had dissipated by 7 p.m. Monday. Many participants then headed to a U.S. Capital Police Station, where Gray and others were being processed.The demonstration started out as a regular protest, and then suddenly the leaders started walking out into the middle of the Constitution Avenue holding a giant banner. Then they all sat down, including Gray and members of the C...
WAMU 88.5
Authorities say one student reported being awakened over the weekend by a man in bed next to her. When the woman screamed, the man left. Investigators say the woman was not harmed and nothing was taken.Later after the campus Department of Public Safety sent out an alert another student reported that she was awakened by someone shaking her shoulder around 3:30 Sunday morning. Th...
WAMU 88.5
For all of the stinging barbs D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton fired off in her statement following the budget deal, she saved some of her toughest words for Senate Democrats and the White House, saying they had thrown D.C. under the bus.Other city leaders -- all of them Democrats -- followed suit, saying D.C. had once again been used by both parties as a bargaining chip....
WAMU 88.5
The two big controversies -- questions of nepotism and the allegations from Sulaimon Brown that he was compensated for his support of Gray during his campaign -- took center stage at Thursday's hearing. The woman key to both scandals, former Gray chief of staff Gerri Mason Hall, spoke publicly for the first time since her firing."With the clarity of hindsight, I realize I made ...
WAMU 88.5
The first thing you might notice is cars everywhere. Cars double parked, others camping out in the wrong zones -- it could be a mess. That’s because parking ticket officers, like many other city government officers, will be off during the shutdown.D.C. Metro police will still be able to issue tickets, though, as Washington Business Journal's Michael Neibauer ...
WAMU 88.5
The most important critics, the 13 members of the D.C. Council, largely praised Gray’s plan to close the city’s $322 million gap. The budget relies on a mix of deep cuts to safety net services and targeted tax and fee increases.While most supported the general plan, Council Member David Catania took exception to Gray’s characterization that this was a tough, painful budge...
WAMU 88.5
Sulaimon Brown, the former mayoral candidate at the heart of a scandal involving the Gray administration, showed up Thursday at the Wilson Building but refused to enter the room and told reporters the hearing was a "witch hunt."Staff to Council Member Mary Cheh quickly put together a subpoena to serve him but Brown left the building before that could happen.Brown claims ...
WAMU 88.5
Firefighters, police officers, teachers and other personell deemed essential will be working no matter what. But many other city government services will be offline if the federal government shuts down.Trash collection would be suspended for a week. DMV offices, libraries, inspectors –- and all sorts of other non-essential government workers -- will be off in the case of a sh...
WAMU 88.5
The audit also raises questions about the work Brown’s brother did for the campaign. It reveals that Brown failed to report nearly $170,000 in expenditures and $100,000 in contributions.Brown says he eventually accounted for all of the funds."We’ve always had every single check, every single receipt, every single documentation. It was just an error of getting it in t...
WAMU 88.5
Organizers pulled out all the stops for the official start of construction at CityCenterDC, a 10-acre, mixed-use development at the site of the old Convention Center in downtown Washington.Apartment buildings, condos, hotels and retail shops will eventually share the space when it's completed in two years, but city leaders, such as D.C...
WAMU 88.5
To bend the curve, he wants to limit the cost of living adjustments or COLAs and, more significantly, require that these COLAS only kick in at the social security full-retirement age, which can begin at the age of 65.Because of the rough nature of their work, firefighters and police officers can now retire with these benefits at the age of 50.Not surprisingly, there is s...
WAMU 88.5
The audit finds a number of irregularities and mistakes from Brown's 2008 campaign, including more than $100,000 in unreported contributions and $170,000 in unreported expenditures.It also finds the campaign made $380,000 in payments to a company called Banner Consulting Services, which then quickly directed about $240,000 of that money to a company owned by Brown's brother, Ch...
WAMU 88.5
Lorraine Green is at the center of a controversy involving former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown. He says Green and other Gray campaign officials gave him cash and promised him a city job in exchange for repeated attacks on former Mayor Adrian Fenty. Green has denied Brown's claims, which have led to multiple investigations.Gray said he was withdrawing Green's nomination at h...
WAMU 88.5
Brown has long said he will not support an income tax increase, and he reiterated that position when the mayor submitted his spending plan to the council. Brown said he would not vote for Gray's budget as it stands.The mayor is proposing to increase the income tax for households that e...
WAMU 88.5
Gray unveiled his budget Friday, calling for households earning $200,000 or more to be taxed at 8.9 percent, a half-a-percentage point increase.The proposed hike on the city's wealthiest residents, as well as the 6 percent parking garage tax increase, is opposed by Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans, who chairs the Finance Committee and represents parts of downtown D.C. and some ...
WAMU 88.5
The bill of rights will be posted in every ambulance and while its tenets are anything but ground breaking -- the promise of timely care, confidentiality, and compassion, among other things -- its inclusion is important.The city has had its share of problems with Emergency Medical Services in the past, most notably the incident involving former journalist ...
WAMU 88.5
Exactly one year ago, four teenagers were gunned down by another group of young people.Authorities say the shootings ultimately began because of a fight over a fake gold bracelet.For Council Member David Catania, to make sense out of the senseless, you need data and cold, hard facts before you can address a problem.That is part of the philosophy behind his ambitio...