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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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Fire Chief Dennis Rubin made the announcement in a mass email updating his contact information.In the email, Rubin writes he will step down on Jan. 2 when "the new administration takes over." He adds that he plans to provide consultant services until he finds a position that is "a good fit."Rubin became the fire chief in 2007.D.C. Fire spokesman Pete Piringer says...
Fire Chief Dennis Rubin made the announcement in a mass email updating his contact information.In the email, Rubin writes he will step down on Jan. 2 when "the new administration takes over." He adds that he plans to provide consultant services until he finds a position that is "a good fit."Rubin became the fire chief in 2007.D.C. Fire spokesman Pete Piringer says...
Fire Chief Dennis Rubin made the announcement in a mass email updating his contact information.In the email, Rubin writes he will step down on Jan. 2 when "the new administration takes over." He adds that he plans to provide consultant services until he finds a position that is "a good fit."Rubin became the fire chief in 2007.D.C. Fire spokesman Pete Piringer says...
Police continue to look for links between the shooting at the Pentagon and one three days earlier at the Marine Corps heritage museum in Prince William County, Va.The shootings share a number of similarities. They took place at military-themed facilities, the shots were fired before dawn and the two buildings are only 30 miles apart.Tomorrow morning, Prince William Count...
The D.C. sanitation worker who was killed on the job last week will be laid to rest today.At 51 years old, Larry Hutchins was shot at work while preparing to head out on a garbage truck and make the rounds.Police are still looking for the gunman, and there are now questions as to why calls to beef up security at the facility were not followed.Six months before the...
The D.C. sanitation worker who was killed on the job last week will be laid to rest today.At 51 years old, Larry Hutchins was shot at work while preparing to head out on a garbage truck and make the rounds.Police are still looking for the gunman, and there are now questions as to why calls to beef up security at the facility were not followed.Six months before the...
For nearly an hour Tuesday, a contentious debate took hold in the D.C. Council: How do you strike the right balance when dealing with young offenders?On one hand, it is a hallmark of juvenile justice to keep a young person's criminal record private so he or she isn't stigmatized for life.But on the other hand, there is, as Councilmember Muriel Bowser put it, the public's...
D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray says he wants private donors to help cover the transition costs if he's elected mayor in November.The plan was approved today by the council, but the details are sketchy.In the past, the city paid for the entire transition. Last time, for example, the city spent about $250,000 on the transition.Gray says letting private donors he...
Three and a half years after a fire ripped through D.C.'s Georgetown Library, destroying thousands of books and damaging irreplaceable artifacts, the historic library is opening its doors once again.Neighbors in Georgetown say the library was more than just a place to check out books. There were the story times, the tea parties, and there was the Peabody Collection: a treasure ...
After three and half a years and nearly $20 million in renovations, the historic Georgetown Library has reopened. In 2007, a massive fire broke out, destroying the library’s entire circulating collection of 45,000 books. They have all been replaced.The library's "Peabody Collection," an archive of important local documents and artifacts like a copy of the Declaration of Indep...
Much of the discussion around education reform has focused on teachers--and how to make them more accountable. But a new report looking at schools in Maryland's Montgomery County says there may be other ways to help improve student performance.The study, "Housing Policy Is School Policy," looks at Montgomery C...
A man in Montgomery County, Md., has died after police used a taser and pepper spray to subdue him.Police say they do not know if 65-year-old Kareem Ali of White Oak died as a result of the confrontation with police or if he had a pre-existing medical condition.Two Montgomery County police officers involved in the altercation are now on administrative leave.It hap...
A D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute report shows the employment gap widening in the District.The think tank says while employment remained relatively steady for white D.C. residents and those with a four-year college degree during the recessio...
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will take part in a ceremonial ground breaking today for Washington's newest museum, the National Law Enforcement Museum, which is slated to open in 2013.Today's ceremony comes two years later than planned. Organizers say fundraising and design approvals have taken longer than expected.The proj...
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Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is stepping down.The hard-charging Rhee served three contentious years as chancellor. She became a national symbol for education reform, famously appearing on the cover of Time Magazine with a broom.And under her tenure, test scores rose and she negotiated a tough, ground breaking contract with the teacher's union.But some...
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D.C.'s Board of Elections and Ethics will publicly test its election equipment today to prepare for November's election.Tests like these are performed every time the city has an election but there were major glitches and hiccups during the September primary. Part of the problem, voting officials say, was that poll workers were not familiar with all of the new technology and vot...
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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force estimates that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender). The group says the primary reason for living on the streets is family conflict.But The Wanda Alston House, a transitional home located in the District, is hel...
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Four young people were stabbed after a fight broke out early this morning at a college bar near the University of Maryland at College Park.Police have now confirmed three of the victims are students at the school.Prince George’s County police spokesperson Erica Johnson says the fight started at the Thirsty Turtle, a popular hang-out for Maryland students, and spilled o...
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When Ja Neer Davis was 16 years old, she was kicked out of her foster home.“My adopted mother did not approve of me being transgender," Davis says.She bought a one-way ticket to L.A., started modeling, got married and eventually settled in D.C. But last year, her marriage unraveled.“When I decided to leave, I didn’t have nowhere to go," she says.With ...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich are facing off today as the candidates hold their first televised debate of the campaign.Later today, O'Malley and Ehrlich will meet on the set of a Baltimore television station and try to convince voters why each man deserves another run as governor.Recent polls show O'Malley, a Democrat, leading his Republican o...