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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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Homeless services and other safety-net programs in the District are facing major budget cuts next year.Department of Human Services Director Clarence Carter testified before City Councilmember Tommy Wells at Monday's hearing on homeless services, and said he didn't want to be the boy who cried wolf.But Carter says his department is losing out on $25 million in funding ne...
Advocates for the homeless continue to voice concerns over a proposal in the District to impose residency requirements at homeless shelters. They took their concerns to today's city council hearing on the plan.Advocacy groups like the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless say requiring homeless people to show proof of residency is problematic because many of these people don...
Advocates for the homeless continue to voice concerns over a proposal in the District to impose residency requirements at homeless shelters. They took their concerns to today's city council hearing on the plan.Advocacy groups like the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless say requiring homeless people to show proof of residency is problematic because many of these people don...
The train collision near Washington's Union Station this morning is still having a ripple affect on MARC train service. There are delays on the Penn Line. However, MARC says the Brunswick and Camden Lines are operating as normal.Amtrak spokesman Joe McHugh says the accident happened just after 9 a.m. He says it was a low speed collision on a track where trains are usually parke...
The train collision near Washington's Union Station this morning is still having a ripple affect on MARC train service. There are delays on the Penn Line. However, MARC says the Brunswick and Camden Lines are operating as normal.Amtrak spokesman Joe McHugh says the accident happened just after 9 a.m. He says it was a low speed collision on a track where trains are usually parke...
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Hours after Mayor-elect Gray announced Reuben Charles would handle the day-to-day operations of the transition, reports surfaced that Charles owes more than a $250,000 in unpaid sales and use taxes.Gray says he believes the lien is not a personal debt, but one tied to a firm in Illinois that defaulted on it's obligations.Speaking ...
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More than 20 percent of the votes for the mayor's race were cast for write-in candidates. The board of elections is not going to say who was scratched in, but there was an energetic in the final weeks of the campaign to write in the current mayor, Adrian Fenty, who lost to Gray in the primary.And in Ward 3 in Northwest D.C., where Fenty received 80 percent of the vote in Septem...
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Vincent Gray, in his first press conference as mayor-elect, talked about two upcoming meetings: one with President Barack Obama--the two will have lunch in early December--and Gray says he will also reach out across the aisle to Republican House leaders, who now control the Congressional subcommittee that oversees the District.Gray says he wants to tap into the Tea Party messag...
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Vincent Gray, in his first press conference as mayor-elect, talked about two upcoming meetings: one with President Barack Obama--the two will have lunch in early December--and Gray says he will also reach out across the aisle to Republican House leaders, who now control the Congressional subcommittee that oversees the District.Gray says he wants to tap into the Tea Party messag...
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Vincent Gray, in his first press conference as mayor-elect, talked about two upcoming meetings: one with President Barack Obama--the two will have lunch in early December--and Gray says he will also reach out across the aisle to Republican House leaders, who now control the Congressional subcommittee that oversees the District.Gray says he wants to tap into the Tea Party messag...
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The debate over the amendment boiled down to this: Should the attorney general continue to be a position appointed by the mayor, therefore free from the burdens of campaigning and fundraising, or would making the AG more directly accountable to voters make the position more independent from the executive?More than 75 percent of voters signed off on the charter amendment. It wil...
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Election officials in the District are not expecting a huge turnout today. The Democrats hold about a 10-to-1 edge in terms of registered voters over Republicans, so it's typically the primaries in September that determine the outcomes, not the general elections.In fact, the Republicans did not field a candidate against Democratic nominee Vincent Gray in the mayoral race. The m...
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Election officials in the District are not expecting a huge turnout today. The Democrats hold about a 10-to-1 edge in terms of registered voters over Republicans, so it's typically the primaries in September that determine the outcomes, not the general elections.In fact, the Republicans did not field a candidate against Democratic nominee Vincent Gray in the mayoral race. The m...
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Ingmar Guandique, a native of El Salvador, is on trial for the murder and attempted sexual assault of Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago. Former California Rep. Gary Condit testified today in the Levy murder trial.On the stand, Condit talked about his initial efforts to help the Levy family find Levy, including setting up a reward fund and how, once the media picked up the story ...
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The second week of the Chandra Levy murder trial is set to begin later this morning.The prosecution is expected to call on gang members and former prison inmates this week to testify that defendant Ingmar Guandique admitted to them he killed Levy. Because there are no eyewitnesses or physical evidence in the case, the testimony of Guandique's former cellmates could be important...
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The entire block of Madison Avenue in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest D.C. has been cordoned off as the authorities continue to investigate this afternoon's triple shooting.Police Chief Cathy Lanier says two juveniles and one adult were shot around 3:45 in a home on the 500 block of Madison Ave--one of them was killed.Lanier says the alleged gunman then fled the...
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The entire block of Madison Avenue in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest D.C. has been cordoned off as the authorities continue to investigate this afternoon's triple shooting.Police Chief Cathy Lanier says two juveniles and one adult were shot around 3:45 in a home on the 500 block of Madison Ave--one of them was killed.Lanier says the alleged gunman then fled the...
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The entire block of Madison Avenue in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest D.C. has been cordoned off as the authorities continue to investigate this afternoon's triple shooting.Police Chief Cathy Lanier says two juveniles and one adult were shot around 3:45 in a home on the 500 block of Madison Ave--one of them was killed.Lanier says the alleged gunman then fled the...
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An FBI examination of Chandra Levy's laptop is shedding light on what the former intern may have been thinking about on the day she vanished.FBI Special Agent Jane Domboski analyzed Levy's computer and specifically which Web pages the former intern had visited.On the stand Thursday, Domboski testified the final Internet activity happened on May 1, 2001 the day prosecutor...
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Metro says it has no plans to ramp up security following the arrest of a man who authorities say wanted to help terrorists blow up Metro stations.Charging documents say Farooque Ahmed conspired to help people he thought were al-Qaida operatives plant explosives at four metro stations: Arlington National Cemetery, Pentagon City, Crystal City and Courthouse.Metro Transit P...