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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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With it's new bike-sharing program and expanded bike lanes, Washington is quickly earning a reputation as a city that supports two-wheel transportation. But with more people sharing the roads, one lawmaker says he's concerned about how traffic laws are being enforced.D.C. Council Member Phil Mendelson says he's received a number of complaints in recent weeks from pedestrian and...
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Most major thoroughfares in the metro area are gridlocked at this hour and side streets are icy. Motorists have been stuck in traffic for hours.What was sleet around 4 p.m., has now turned into snow, and that is causing roads to become very congested. From Northeast D.C. to Northwest, the roads are very slippery and visibility is low.There are a lot of emergency vehicles...
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Across the region, jurisdictions and government agencies are bracing for Wednesday afternoon's expected snow storm.As of 1 p.m. the federal government says its employees can leave two hours early Wednesday -- and many school systems in northern Virginia and Maryland chose to stay closed. Others, such as Arlington County and the city of Alexandria are letting students out early ...
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D.C. Council Member Michael Brown says he's been talking with Redskins owner Dan Snyder about opening up a Redskins training facility in the District.They may be called the Washington Redskins, but the team right now has little to do with the nation's capital. They play their games in Landover, Md., and practice in Ashburn, Va.That's why Brown says it makes sense for a D...
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Thousands of people took part in Monday's "March for Life" rally in Washington. The annual event marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.By noon, the National Mall was packed with people. Opponents of abortion rights from all over the country had come to Washington to protest, to march and to hear the speakers.Th...
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On the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the nation's capital remains the backdrop for the fight over abortion rights. But two recent developments are reigniting the debate here locally as well.In Lafayette Park, just outside the White House, Renee Joseph of Frederick, Md., gets her keyboard ready for the anti-abortion rally that's about to start....
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Like bad traffic and high taxes, experts say bed bugs have become an unfortunate fact in life in the D.C. region."Its just enough levels of infestations out there in properties, in people's houses, that now they are sort of ubiquitous, they're everywhere -– so it's just something we have live with," says Maryland entomologist Larry Pinto.He wrote the book on bed bugs ...
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Panda diplomacy is alive and well in Washington. The Chinese government signed a deal with the National Zoo Thursday to keep the pair of Giant pandas in D.C. for another five years.U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar called the deal a "win-win" for everyone: D.C. keeps its two most popular residents, pandas Mai Xiang and Tian Tian, the Chinese receive $10 million, and th...
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The rules governing D.C.'s new medical marijuana law take effect this week. But there are still some unanswered questions about its implementation, and it will likely be months before patients can start receiving pot.For budding medical marijuana entrepreneur Adam Eidinger, the law's slow roll-out has been troubling."If the mayor's office does not fulfill their obligatio...
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The race for a D.C. council at-large seat is getting crowded. Wednesday, two more candidates threw their hats in the ring.One is Republican School Board Member Patrick Mara, who announced via YouTube that he'll seek the at-large seat. The other is Bryan Weaver, a Democrat who lives in Ward 1. Both have unsuccessfully run ...
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Some D.C. Council members want to make it possible to get a driver's license without a social security number.One of the bill's co-sponsors, Council Member Phil Mendelson, says there are some people out there that for whatever reason do not want a social security number and that shouldn't prohibit them from driving.But the proposal is likely to spur some debate over ille...