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
Pratt was foiled in her efforts to deliver a letter to the White House, expressing her support for D.C. voting rights in Congress. Pratt and Mary Washington, the widow of D.C.'s first elected mayor, were barred by the U.S. Secret Service from delivering the letter Thursday. An officer told them the White House does not accept outside deliveries.The letter asks President Obama t...
WAMU 88.5
Police say they are still looking for the 18-year-old that escaped New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Laurel, Md., on Monday. Authorities say the teenager attacked a guard and then used that officer's vehicle to escape.Neil Stanley directs the city's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, the agency in charge of New Beginnings."I can't speak to prior admini...
WAMU 88.5
Interim Council member Sekou Biddle says he wants to make it easier for stores and other businesses to report truants during school hours. Biddle's measure provides signs for businesses to put up in their stores and creates a hotline so shop owners and others can report truants.The long-term goal, Biddle says, is to not only make it hard for students to skip school, but to get ...
WAMU 88.5
Authorities say an 18-year-old escaped from the New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Laurel Monday morning after attacking a guard and then stealing his vehicle."I mean if it's possible for someone to assault a guard, move through about seven different locking statio...
WAMU 88.5
Without a deal in place, it's possible some fans could need some help getting home if a game runs late. Thousands of fans take Metro to the games, given the limited parking near the stadium.During past seasons, the city covered the costs of bringing in extra trains if there was a long rain delay or epic 18-inning contest that caused a game to end past Metro's normal operating h...
WAMU 88.5
Water reaches 10 feet high in some places along the waterfront, submerging some of the vehicles that were parked in the parking garages. Dozens evacuated earlier Monday.The flood wall was not up to stop the water. Pete Piringer, spokesperson for the D.C. Fire Department, says the reason for that "remains to be seen." But he says the Fire Department crew was "quite surprised" wh...
WAMU 88.5
To mark Earth Day this year, the group WeatherizeDC has kicked off a public education campaign to preach the benefits of better insulation, energy efficient home appliances, and other tools of the "weatherization" trade.William Nesbitt, a volunteer with the group, says that when he makes his pitch, he talks up the environmental benefit...
WAMU 88.5
The list of free parks includes a number of well-known attractions in our area. The break on fees is part of a series of events planned for National Parks Week.For the next week, visitors on the Eastern Shore will be able to check out the wild ponies for free at Assateague Island National Seashore.Harpers Ferry National Historical...
WAMU 88.5
When the law was written in 1992, the only food trucks around were the hot dog and ice cream trucks that line the National Mall. These were cash-and-carry operations deemed not suitable for a sales tax, so lawmakers settled on a $1,500 annual fee.Fast forward nearly two decades. Food trucks have become big business: lobster rolls, cupcakes, pies -- you name it, and someone is p...
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 was arrested Monday along with 40 others during a protest against the new restrictions Congress placed on D.C. as part of the budget agreement.At this weekly press conference Wednesday, Gray lifted up his arm to show off the plastic wristband he received in custody."There ...
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
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
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...