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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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The D.C. Council took a major step in closing the city's ballooning budget deficit. The council passed a revised spending plan that includes furloughs, deep cuts to social services, but no income tax increase.Almost at soon as Council Chairman Vincent Gray slammed his gavel down, protesters rose up from their chairs.One by one, they disrupted the hearing and demanded the...
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D.C.'s Mayor-elect Vincent Gray has named a key member of the Fenty administration to his cabinet. Allen Lew will become the city administrator when Gray takes over in January.Lew has had a hand in some of D.C.'s biggest public works projects. He oversaw construction of the Convention Center as well as the Nationals Ballpark. Most recently, he was in charge of modernizing schoo...
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Gabe Klein, the head of D.C.'s transportation department, is stepping down. Klein says Mayor-elect Vincent Gray will not be keeping him on when the new administration takes over in January.Klein took over DDOT nearly two years ago. In that short time span, he oversaw some major events and changes at the department. For many, Klein will be remembered for his work during "snowmag...
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The District will not be raising its income tax to help pay for the city's growing budget gap. The move angered many advocates for safety net services, who say the deep spending cuts will disproportionately affect the city's poorest residents.When D.C. Council Chairman and soon-to-be Mayor Vincent Gray slammed his gavel to start Tuesday's budget hearing, a protestor immediately...
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D.C. Mayor-elect Vince Gray still hasn't said who will serve in his administration, but some of those key cabinet positions could be announced soon.Gray says he will announce his picks this week, as early as Wednesday. A source in the Wilson Building says the announcement is slated for Wednesday afternoon.Gray will likely answer some of the big questions that he has face...
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Some college students in the District say they deserve a greater say in local politics. They're trying to take advantage of the city's new same-day registration law to get more students elected in districts that represent campuses or dorms.But this new electoral activism is rankling some old-time activists.Tom Smith says when he found out an American University freshman ...
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As the temperature drops, authorities are warning people to watch out for carbon monoxide poisoning. The invisible, odorless gas is produced when fuel burns, and it can be lethal.With more people staying indoors and trying to stay warm, emergency responders say they're seeing an uptick in the number of people getting sick.The D.C. Fire Department says dozens of District ...
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Future innovative scientists are on display Monday at George Washington University for the Siemens Competition, the country's top science competition for high school students.First prize, a $100,000 college scholarship, may seem like a bargain compared to some of the breakthroughs the students are pursuing. Panc...
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The investigation into a D.C council member's nonprofit organization is headed to court. The D.C Attorney General is asking a judge to enforce the city's request for more information.For more than a month, Attorney General Peter Nickles has been pressing Councilmember Harry Thomas for information about his nonprofit, Team Thomas. Nickles says the group, which promotes youth spo...
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FIFA announced today that Qatar, not the United States, will host the 2022 World Cup.There was a collective groan of disappointment in response to the news at the Newseum, where more than 100 people had gathered to watch the event unfold on a giant TV screen.Ben Olsen, the new coach of the soccer club DC United says he was disappointed by the decision."It's a litt...
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D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray says he's raised more than $180,000 so far to cover the costs of his transition and upcoming inauguration.After winning the primary, Gray made the decision to forgo public money and raise the funds from private donors. Most of the money –- approximately $130,000 -– was contributed by businesses and corporations.Because there were no exis...
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D.C.'s next mayor, Vincent Gray, says his lunch with President Obama on Wednesday went better than he could have hoped for. It was Gray's first meeting with the city's most famous resident since winning the mayoral primary in September.While the two men dined on seafood gumbo and a beef and broccoli stir-fry, the menu of local issues up for discussion included: the city's educa...
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D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray had lunch with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Gray says the president wants to do more for the District of Columbia. But exactly what Obama will do for D.C isn't clear.Gray says while the president reinforced his support for voting rights, Obama did not commit to using the city's "No Taxation Without Representation" license plate ...
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As the world commemorates AIDS Day, D.C. activists march on city hall to demand action. Dozens of people were gathering outside the Wilson Building Wednesday to protest the city's lack of a comprehensive plan to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and specifically the lack of housing for individuals with HIV."Simply put: Housing is health care," says Larry Bryant of ...
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Tough decisions are ahead for local lawmakers in the District.The D.C. Council needs to close a $188 million budget gap before the end of the year and that could mean deep cuts in funding for agencies and programs.From grandparents worried about the financial assistance they need to help raise children, to judges concerned about cuts to legal aid groups, nearly 100 peopl...
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D.C. Council members may need sleeping bags for today's marathon hearing on how it will close this year's $188 million budget deficit. More than 90 witnesses are scheduled to testify. It's clear many agencies, nonprofits, business owners and others are worried about severe budget cuts.So far the hearing has become a debate over taxes, specifically a proposal to raise the income...
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D.C. wants to tackle bullying in schools and other places. The city council is considering a series of bills that are designed to cut down on harassment -- whether in the classroom, the library or even online.For Trina Cole, the torment from classmates began when she started identifying as transgender. She says the faculty at D.C.'s Dunbar High School did little, with one staff...
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Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated his first mass as cardinal over the weekend.The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception may be the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States but every pew was filled for Cardinal Wuerl's first mass in his new position.Wuerl was one of two Americans to be named a cardinal last month by Pope Benedict and he jus...
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If you think setting up your Christmas tree is difficult, imagine trying to center a nearly 70-foot spruce. That's the task at hand on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.The Capitol Christmas tree arrived early Monday morning from Hershey, Penn., but its journey began in Wyoming."We have a 67-foot-tall Englemann Spruce tree that was harvested about 40 miles north of Jack...
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Another suspect in the death of D.C. Middle School Principal Brian Betts has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.19-year-old Joel Johnson was one of four suspects initially charged with killing the popular principal. Prosecutors say Betts had met another one of the suspects, Alante Saunders, on a phone chat line and invited him over to his home in Silver Spring. Authorities sa...