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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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D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown says he has returned the "fully-loaded" luxury SUV that was leased by the city.Brown also apologized and says he'll reimburse the city for his share of lease, but the controversy has prompted one council member to call for a closer look at city-leased vehicles.Council Member Tommy Wells says he's asked the head of Public Works, which overse...
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Tuesday morning members of the Ahmadiyya community will be out at Metro stations all over the region handing out pamphlets and talking to commuters about the group's Muslims for Loyalty campaign."Especially after 9/11, our introduction to non-Muslim is the negative introduction," says Naseem Mahdi, the community's national vice president. "We are not like this. We are not terro...
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Brown is facing mounting criticism after reports revealed his fully-loaded Lincoln Navigator is costing the cash-strapped city nearly $2,000 a month.Brown's spokeswoman Traci Hughes says the chairman wants to return the car, but will not make a decision until it's clear how much it will cost to terminate the lease.Over the weekend, the Washington Post detailed how Brown'...
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Gray says the District takes a direct hit of around $80 million in lost funding under the GOP's sweeping legislation to trim government spending. In particular Gray highlights the proposed cuts for school reform and HIV/AIDS prevention programs.And with the District facing its own budget deficit that's been pegged as high as $500 million, the mayor says the timing couldn't be w...
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In the past five years, the Junior Tennis Champions Center, a stunning indoor/outdoor facility in College Park, Md., has produced nearly a dozen national champions. But on one recent day at the JTCC, the focus of senior instructor Ellen Miller is on a pair of 8-year-old god-sisters from D.C."These two girls, Ebony and Amber, started out at an ...
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The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority's board of directors has approved a rate increase.The avereage household's bill would go up by about $6.50 annually -- and, if the increase is approved, it would be the second straight year D.C. Water has ordered a rate hike.The board will take a final vote in September. In the meantime, D.C. Water plans to hold town halls in each ward ...
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D.C. Water says it needs the rate hike to help pay for a major capitol project and to begin replacing the system's aging water mains and sewer lines."I think most people are aware of the constant drumbeat of lines that are breaking," says D.C. Water General Manager George Hawkins.And he says to actually replace the pipes -- and not just fix them, which Hawkins compares t...
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At the facility in Northeast D.C. there are white pamphlets plastered on all of the doors and windows listing some of the places people can go to get clean needles, but people are still coming in.One man left the facility carrying a big paperbag full of clean syringes. He says he's stocking up for when this place closes."I can't understand why they cutting back this beca...
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Attorney General Irving Nathan says the District must now use urine analysis to test for alcohol content.Nathan says D.C. right now is caught in a Catch-22. Because of the ongoing problems with faulty breathalyzers, police must now use urine testing, which take longer to complete and are ten times as expensive. But new breathalyzer machines are costly and, at the moment, the ci...
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Mayor Vincent Gray as well as Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi have long said they want United Medical Center off of the city's books and turned over to a private owner.Gray says this view was reinforced by a recent visit with the bond rating agencies on Wall Street, who urged the city to sell the hospital.But that may take some time.Gray says he's hiring an ...
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The council has passed an emergency bill allowing bars to stay open an extra hour (until 4 a.m.) for the beginning of daylight saving time, March 13.Some bar owners have complained that they lose money on daylight saving day because they lose an hour of business due to the time change.Bars hoping to stay open that extra hour will be charged a $100 fee. However, police wi...
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According to a list of new hires by the administration, the daughter of Gray campaign chair Maureen Green and the son of Gray's Chief of Staff Gerri Mason Hall were hired last month. Green's daughter, Leslie, works in the city's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. Hall's son, Nicholas, has been hired as a writer/editor in the Department of Parks and Re...
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One by one, some of D.C.'s recent gains in home-rule have been stripped away or targeted by Republicans in the house.D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton lost her vote in the Committee of the Whole. Not long after, Republicans eyed banning D.C.'s ability to fund abortions. Other measures seek to revive the city's school voucher program and overturn its new gay marriage law....
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Norton calls the GOP's resolution awful, particularly the part that eliminates funding for D.C.'s needle exchange programs. Norton says Congress, which for nearly a decade banned D.C. from funding such programs, is responsible for the District having the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the country."The reason ours is so high is because we couldn't do needle exchange," Norton says....
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According to a survey by the nonprofit Restaurant Opportunities Center United, 11 percent of D.C. food workers, even when tips are factored in, are not earning the minimum wage. Ninety percent, the report found, do not receive any paid sick days.There is also a striking racial disparity. The report found that 80 percent of the most visible jobs go to whites, while two-thirds of...
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Walmart is seeking to gain a foothold in D.C. The retailer is planning to open four stores in the District and, while many lawmakers support the effort, there are some activists who fear Walmart will drive down wages and hurt small businesses. These activists want Walmart to make some promises.The protesters outside the Wilson Building Monday aren't fighting Walmart's entry int...
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The Super Bowl may have been in Dallas, but up on Capitol Hill the contest was just as competitive between the fans at two neighboring bars.Ten yards is a first down in football, the difference between a touchdown drive and a turn-over.And on this small strip of Pennsylvania Ave., ten yards is the distance between Steelers nation and Packer country.Here at the Ha...
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Disabled Washington area residents are facing significantly higher fares starting this month on MetroAccess. Officials at Metro say the price of travel on the para-transit service will nearly double beginning Feb. 27.Use of the service surged 14 percent last year to 2.1 million trips and is projected to increase to 3.6 million trips by 2014.The agency's auditors have exp...
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Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has found a new job. Rosetta Stone, the language-learning company, has hired Fenty to be an outside consultant.The Arlington-based software giant says it hired the former mayor for his connections, his ties to D.C. and his role in the education reform movement."Here's a for-profit organization that's looking to have doors opened into the wo...
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Many Egyptian-Americans living in the Washington area continue to voice their support for the protesters in Cairo and other parts of the country.For the second day in row, demonstrators met outside the White House to press for change.For protesters gathering outside the White House Sunday, the chaos and uncertainty of whats going on in Egypt is very real.Some of t...