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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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According to the 2010 census, half of Washington's 601,000 residents are black, while nearly 35 percent are white.Over the past decade, the District has gained 50,000 white residents and lost nearly 40,000 black residents.The last time D.C. did not have a black majority was 1950.Overall, the district's population has grown by nearly 30,000 since 2000.The ne...
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The walk will start at the Washington Monument and work its way around the Tidal Basin.Diana Mayhew, president of the Cherry Blossom Festival, says at its heart the festival is about the relationship between Japan and the United States. What began as a gift 99 years ago has become D.C.'s most popular and important tourist attraction.Thursday night, Mayhew says, will be a...
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According to the Clarus Poll, Gray's job approval rating stands at 31 percent and 40 percent of residents polled disapprove of Gray's performance so far.The results are even worse for Brown, who received a 27 percent approval rating, and a 41 percent disapproval rating.The silver lining, according to the poll's author, is that nearly one in three people surveyed did not ...
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Acting Attorney General Irv Nathan says these companies have failed to pay tens of millions of dollars in taxes.The lawsuit claims that these online vendors are paying the city's 14.5 percent hotel tax at the wholesale rate on each room, not on what the customer actually pays after the room is marked up by the company.It may be a difference of a few dollars on each room,...
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Cheh is holding a hearing next week to look into some of the personnel scandals that plagued the new Gray administration, including charges of nepotism, the steep salary increases for some officials, and the hiring of ...
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Of the 150 or so patients participating in the D.C. Screen for Life program, 45 -- or almost 1 in 3 -- was diagnosed with precancerous polyps which, down the road, can sometimes lead to colon cancer.The good news, says Dr. Duane Smith of Howard University Hospital, is that by early screening, these polyps can be removed before they turn into something more serious."This ...
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The doctors behind the program at Howard University Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital do not know why the patients in the program had a higher rate of precancerous polyps, and they're calling the findings "significant.""We wanna get the word out so that we can let other residents know of the importance of colon-cancer screening...because there is a high risk of having...
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Since becoming mayor, Gray has repeatedly said everything is on the table when it comes to closing the city's $300 million budget shortfall, meaning there could be a tax increase.Monday Gray tackled the question of a potential tax hike, and while he didn't take it off the table, he came very close."We've had discussions about tax increases. I do not envision any property...
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NPS Spokesman Bill Line says the new tree is a Colorado blue spruce from a New Jersey nursery and stands taller than 26 feet.That's quite a bit shorter than the old tree, which measured 42 feet high and stood in the same spot for more than three decades.But Line says he expects the new tree to grow well above its current height.The spruce was planted and installed...
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Brown, a former mayoral candidate and former employee of the Department of Health Care Finance, says he was paid cash and promised a job by the Gray campaign to launch verbal attacks against then Mayor Adrian Fenty during the race.The probe is being led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif...
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There was uproar earlier this year when it was reported the city council chairman had leased not one, but two expensive, "fully-loaded" Lincoln Navigators.Bill Howland, the head of the city's Department of Public Works, testified Thursday before the city council that he should have questioned some of the luxury options requested: the entertainment system, the aluminum wheels, e...
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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who heads the committee to run the investigation, says in a statement that his investigators have been unsuccessful in their attempts to interview key figures close to Mayor Vincent Gray, and because of that he doesn't have confidence the District government can get to the bottom of the allegations.The mayor announced last week that D.C.'s ...
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Things have a way of moving very quickly these days at the Wilson Building, as the Gray administration scrambles to stay on top of all the mini-scandals and distractions.Hall, then the chief of staff, spoke outside a council hearing Wednesday afternoon. She was there to testify about all of the personnel problems that have plagued the Gray administration."I am still empl...
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He says all of the distractions involving personnel decisions were overshadowing the work of the government, and he hopes the move restores the public's confidence.Hall has faced criticism for a number of things, including charges of nepotism, as WAMU first reported, her son ...
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They say the $20 million facility is a major improvement over the old warehouse.How state of the art? Every piece of evidence that comes into the facility is weighed, scanned, bar-coded, bagged and tagged and then a computer actually figures out where the most efficient place to put the evidence is.Or consider how narcotics will now be stored: in a room where the tempera...
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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...