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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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The fines were tallied by running DPW's vehicle license plates through the DMV's online ticket database.Nearly 90 DPW vehicles owe money, according to the site, and about one-third of the total -- nearly $10,000 -- belong to vehicles in the Parking Control Division. (The division that's ac...
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Everything that comes into the new state-of-the-art warehouse now will be bagged, tagged, barcoded and stored in 35-foot shelves.Lanier says the three "biggest" benefits to the police are: "Extreme efficiency compared to what we use to have; secondly, the integrity for court process because everything is tracked and retrievable through computers, and thirdly, working conditions...
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The contracting scandal involving two fraternity brothers of then Mayor Adrian Fenty, led to repeated charges of cronyism by opponent Vincent Gray during the mayoral campaign.While the 258-page report by D.C. attorney Robert Trout exonerates Fenty, it says the firm is at the heart of the controversy. Led by Fenty's friends and fraternity brothers, Omar Karim and Sinclair Skinne...
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The scandal surrounding a multimillion-dollar contract involving some fraternity brothers of Fenty led to repeated charges of cronyism during the mayoral campaign.The 258-page report, while clearing Fenty, does find a number of problems with the contract, which was awarded to rebuild the city's Parks and Recreaction centers.It says the firms in question, which were led b...
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More than 60 people are signed up to speak at today's hearing, which is being held not at the Wilson Building but at Eastern High School in Northeast D.C.Mayor Gray says he's pleased by the strong response as it, in his words, "signifies that District residents from all wards and walks of life care deeply about the schools." But that doesn't many those testifying later today ar...
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A "whitewash." That's what council member David Catania is calling a city council committee’s draft report investigating the hiring practices of the Gray administration.The report was produced by council member Mary Cheh and while it did find that more than a half dozen employees are being paid more than the city allows, it found no evidence of nepotism involving Gray's chie...
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Council Member Mary Cheh's draft report looks at two big issues that have arisen involving the personnel decisions of the Gray administration: compensation levels and nepotism.On the first issue, the report found that the salaries of two of Gray's top aides -- his chief of staff and the chief of staff to the city administrator -– exceed the legal cap, and it calls for either ...
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Lanier offered few other details of the investigation, which, she says, had been in the works for two months. The officers -- Guillermo Ortiz, Silvestre Bonilla and Dioni Fernandez -- thought they were buying stolen electronic equipment.They were arrested during roll call at the Fourth District Police Station on Georgia Avenue.It's the same police district that another o...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced the arrests at a press conference at the 4th District Police Station on Georgia Avenue in Northwest D.C.Authorities say the officers received what they thought was stolen property –- Lanier described the goods as electronic equipment.The three officers -- Guillermo Ortiz, Silvestre Bonilla and Dioni Fernandez -- all worked out o...
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Brown has accused Mayor Vincent Gray and members of his campaign of promising Brown a job and cash in exchange for the candidate's continued attacks on then-Mayor Adrian Fenty.Add the Office of Campaign Finance to the list of groups probing the quid pro quo allegations made by Brown.Brown told the Washington Post the Gray campaign paid him cash, and that he funneled some...
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Brown says members of the Gray campaign paid him cash and promised him a job for his support during the race.Gray says he was surprised, shocked and appalled by the allegations, which were splashed across the front page of Sunday's Washington Post.At an impromptu press conference held late Sunday, Gray denied Brown's allegations, saying while he did promise the candidate...
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It was a low-key affair at the Covenant Baptist Church. Just a handful of council members and activists from the gay community on hand for a few words and speeches.The quiet ceremony was, perhaps, fitting for a law that at the time of its passing garnered a lot of controversy, but has since faded into the background."Frankly, you don't hear people talk about it much anym...
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He stresses, however, that the trees will be blooming a couple of days before and after the peak period. DeFeo says if his prediction holds true, it will be the 11th straight year the bloom falls during the three-weekend festival.The opening ceremony is on Saturday, March 26, at...
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The latest story involves a high-level staffer in the department of health care finance. The Washington City Paper reports the department's chief of staff, Talib Karim, has had past legal troubles.It's the same agency where former mayor candidate Sulaimon Brown was hired -- only to be fire...
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An investigation by Fox5 found UDC President Allen Sessoms spent thousands of tax-payer dollars on expensive plane tickets, including an $8,000 flight to Egypt that was purchased just three days before he left.Gray says he's looking for answers."Well I think it starts with the question: What was the purpose of the trip in the first place? And then if there's a legitimate...
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John Ayala, head of the group's local chapter, says Guardian Angels will now begin riding Metro's buses and trains four days a week."And the reason for this is to be a deterrent to the assaults that are going on in the subway system, the gang recruiting, and then hopefully also we are planning to recruit some of the young people age 1...
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Dozens of business owners in the hospitality, tourism and contracting fields crowded into a ballroom at the Capitol Hilton Tuesday to find out what they can do to soften the blow on the bottom line if the federal government shuts down later this month.While the timing for a shutdown is never good, says Greater Washington Board of Trade CEO Jim Dinegar. But he says now is partic...
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CFO Natwar Gandhi says the city's booming commercial real estate market provided the unexpected bounce."The District now is among the most sought-after commercial real property market in the country if not in the world," Gandhi says.Gandhi says the city's budget shortfall now stands at around $320 million -- still big but not the $500 million or even $600 million deficit...
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Right now police are unable to use breathalyzers on suspected drunk drivers, and local lawmakers are growing frustrated by the delay.But Deputy Attorney General Robert Hildum says rushing to get the program back up and running could result in more mistakes for the beleaguered program.Despite calls from Council Member Phil Mendelson, Hildum refused to set any deadlines at...
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The biggest jump for both charter and public schools happened in the early education levels -– a spike Mayor Vincent Gray credits to the city's push for universal pre-kindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds."What we have seen over the last three years certainly suggests that these investments are paying off," Gray says. "And we are getting young parents to move into the city...