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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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Cheh, a strong supporter of Gray during the mayoral campaign, says she doesn't want to micromanage the mayor's office. It's his job, she says, to hire the people he wants.But she says when some positions pay a lot more than they did in previous administrations, it's her job, as chair of the Committee on Government Operations, to make sure all of the proper procedures were follo...
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This week, Council Members Jack Evans and Sekou Biddle are expected to introduce a bill requiring council approval for any city-leased vehicle.In particular, Evans says he wants to focus on the cars given to top government officials.The Ward 2 council member says back in the mid-1990s, when a Control Board was established because the city's finances were a mess, it tackl...
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But that was just the beginning of a wild day at the Wilson Building.Long-time city hall watchers will be hard-pressed to find a day as surreal as Thursday's.It began with Brown's forceful exit. Later there were chases and stand-offs between the mayor and the press corps. And it ended with Brown crashing a press conference about his firing, where he delivered a tear-fill...
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It was a wild day at city hall Thursday. It began early in the morning with a report by the Washington City Paper that Sulaimon Brown had been escorted by police out of the building where he worked in the Department of Health Care Finance.Brown's hiring had been a source of criticism for Gray, and when word got out that Brown had been escorted, reporters immediately tried to re...
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The date March 4 is looming large over city leaders in DC.That's when a potential federal government shutdown could happen, and officials are scrambling to figure out if the city government will have to shut down as well.Mayor Vincent Gray says because D.C. is treated and funded like a federal agency, the city is, as he puts it, susceptible.If Congress doesn't pas...
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D.C. officials are scrambling to figure out if the city government will have to shut down as well.Mayor Vincent Gray says because D.C. is treated and funded like a federal agency, the city is, as he puts it, "susceptible."If Congress doesn't pass its spending bill March 4 and shuts down, the city technically runs out of its appropriations.During the 1995 governmen...
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Gray says it's the opinion of D.C.'s attorney general, Irving Nathan, that the arbitrator erred in his decision, requiring D.C. to reinstate the teachers with back pay. He says the attorney general will file an appeal. Gray was a strong critic of Rhee during his tenure as council chair, but today as mayor he is backing Rhee's decision to fire the teachers."The bottom line for m...
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D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown says he has returned the "fully-loaded" luxury SUV that was leased by the city.Brown also apologized and says he'll reimburse the city for his share of lease, but the controversy has prompted one council member to call for a closer look at city-leased vehicles.Council Member Tommy Wells says he's asked the head of Public Works, which overse...
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Tuesday morning members of the Ahmadiyya community will be out at Metro stations all over the region handing out pamphlets and talking to commuters about the group's Muslims for Loyalty campaign."Especially after 9/11, our introduction to non-Muslim is the negative introduction," says Naseem Mahdi, the community's national vice president. "We are not like this. We are not terro...
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Brown is facing mounting criticism after reports revealed his fully-loaded Lincoln Navigator is costing the cash-strapped city nearly $2,000 a month.Brown's spokeswoman Traci Hughes says the chairman wants to return the car, but will not make a decision until it's clear how much it will cost to terminate the lease.Over the weekend, the Washington Post detailed how Brown'...
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In the past five years, the Junior Tennis Champions Center, a stunning indoor/outdoor facility in College Park, Md., has produced nearly a dozen national champions. But on one recent day at the JTCC, the focus of senior instructor Ellen Miller is on a pair of 8-year-old god-sisters from D.C."These two girls, Ebony and Amber, started out at an ...
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Gray says the District takes a direct hit of around $80 million in lost funding under the GOP's sweeping legislation to trim government spending. In particular Gray highlights the proposed cuts for school reform and HIV/AIDS prevention programs.And with the District facing its own budget deficit that's been pegged as high as $500 million, the mayor says the timing couldn't be w...
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The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority's board of directors has approved a rate increase.The avereage household's bill would go up by about $6.50 annually -- and, if the increase is approved, it would be the second straight year D.C. Water has ordered a rate hike.The board will take a final vote in September. In the meantime, D.C. Water plans to hold town halls in each ward ...
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D.C. Water says it needs the rate hike to help pay for a major capitol project and to begin replacing the system's aging water mains and sewer lines."I think most people are aware of the constant drumbeat of lines that are breaking," says D.C. Water General Manager George Hawkins.And he says to actually replace the pipes -- and not just fix them, which Hawkins compares t...
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At the facility in Northeast D.C. there are white pamphlets plastered on all of the doors and windows listing some of the places people can go to get clean needles, but people are still coming in.One man left the facility carrying a big paperbag full of clean syringes. He says he's stocking up for when this place closes."I can't understand why they cutting back this beca...
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Attorney General Irving Nathan says the District must now use urine analysis to test for alcohol content.Nathan says D.C. right now is caught in a Catch-22. Because of the ongoing problems with faulty breathalyzers, police must now use urine testing, which take longer to complete and are ten times as expensive. But new breathalyzer machines are costly and, at the moment, the ci...
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Mayor Vincent Gray as well as Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi have long said they want United Medical Center off of the city's books and turned over to a private owner.Gray says this view was reinforced by a recent visit with the bond rating agencies on Wall Street, who urged the city to sell the hospital.But that may take some time.Gray says he's hiring an ...
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The council has passed an emergency bill allowing bars to stay open an extra hour (until 4 a.m.) for the beginning of daylight saving time, March 13.Some bar owners have complained that they lose money on daylight saving day because they lose an hour of business due to the time change.Bars hoping to stay open that extra hour will be charged a $100 fee. However, police wi...
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According to a list of new hires by the administration, the daughter of Gray campaign chair Maureen Green and the son of Gray's Chief of Staff Gerri Mason Hall were hired last month. Green's daughter, Leslie, works in the city's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. Hall's son, Nicholas, has been hired as a writer/editor in the Department of Parks and Re...
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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...