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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

The District is one of the few jurisdictions that does not place limits on how long someone can stay on welfare. Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, now a council member representing some of D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods, is proposing a five-year limit on cash payments for needy families.Many advocates for the poor voiced opposition to the bill at a hearing Tuesday, saying it would ...
The Army Corps of Engineers has been tapped to rebuild the levee. Protecting the aesthetics of the National Mall is one of the big challenges the Corps and the planners of the new levee face.There isn't a choice in building it or not -- after Hurricane Katrina, the federal government revised its flood maps and its levee standards. Bottom line: the Mall and 2,000 properties in t...
This year, the District's so-called "bag tax" went into effect. It has prompted many to use reusable grocery bags, but there are new concerns about how safe and environmentally friendly some of these bags are.Over the weekend, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York announced he wanted a federal probe into the safety of reusable grocery bags.A recent investigation by the ...
Fairfax County Police say a newborn baby girl has been found inside a duffel bag in the parking lot of a Springfield church.The newborn was found around 6:30 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Saint Raymond of Penafort Roman Catholic Church on Pohick Road and taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Police say the infant was likely only left alone for a few minutes and is in good condit...
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Metro's general manager says the transit agency should have paid more attention to escalator brakes as a safety issue, not just a maintenance issue.Metro has released a 300-page outside audit on the transit system's escalators and elevators. The consultant found that years of failing to keep up with ...
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The act imposes some of the nations toughest rules for getting rid of squirrels, raccoons, and other critters from people's homes.The law mandates that pest control companies use humanitarian methods for removing wild animals -- no glue boards, no body-crushing traps or snares. And no poison for pigeons or sparrows.Trapped animals that are injured must be taken to rehab...
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The D.C. Council passed emergency legislation to give homeowners in foreclosure more time to negotiate with their lenders.While the city's housing market isn't as bad as some of its neighbors', foreclosures continue to mount in the District--doubling over the past five years.Councilmember Muriel Bowser says the new law requires banks seeking foreclosure to sit down with ...
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Metro is testing out a new program that warns pedestrians when a bus is turning.This pilot program is designed to make the streets safer for everyone. There have been a number of pedestrian fatalities this year in the region, and over the past few years, people have been killed by Metro buses while crossing the street.One WAMU reporter heard one of these talking buses ye...
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Homeless services and other safety-net programs in the District are facing major budget cuts next year.Department of Human Services Director Clarence Carter testified before City Councilmember Tommy Wells at Monday's hearing on homeless services, and said he didn't want to be the boy who cried wolf.But Carter says his department is losing out on $25 million in funding ne...
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Now that Vincent Gray is preparing to take over as mayor in D.C., his replacement on the city council is getting ready to pick up the reins.Moments after his first press conference as council chair-elect ended, Kwame Brown faced his first real test -- a so-called 3 a.m. call politicians like to talk about.An angry crowd of more than 100 people was gathering outside the ...
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Now that Vincent Gray is preparing to take over as mayor in D.C., his replacement on the city council is getting ready to pick up the reins.Moments after his first press conference as council chair-elect ended, Kwame Brown faced his first real test -- a so-called 3 a.m. call politicians like to talk about.An angry crowd of more than 100 people was gathering outside the ...
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Advocates for the homeless continue to voice concerns over a proposal in the District to impose residency requirements at homeless shelters. They took their concerns to today's city council hearing on the plan.Advocacy groups like the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless say requiring homeless people to show proof of residency is problematic because many of these people don...
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Advocates for the homeless continue to voice concerns over a proposal in the District to impose residency requirements at homeless shelters. They took their concerns to today's city council hearing on the plan.Advocacy groups like the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless say requiring homeless people to show proof of residency is problematic because many of these people don...
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The train collision near Washington's Union Station this morning is still having a ripple affect on MARC train service. There are delays on the Penn Line. However, MARC says the Brunswick and Camden Lines are operating as normal.Amtrak spokesman Joe McHugh says the accident happened just after 9 a.m. He says it was a low speed collision on a track where trains are usually parke...
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The train collision near Washington's Union Station this morning is still having a ripple affect on MARC train service. There are delays on the Penn Line. However, MARC says the Brunswick and Camden Lines are operating as normal.Amtrak spokesman Joe McHugh says the accident happened just after 9 a.m. He says it was a low speed collision on a track where trains are usually parke...
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Hours after Mayor-elect Gray announced Reuben Charles would handle the day-to-day operations of the transition, reports surfaced that Charles owes more than a $250,000 in unpaid sales and use taxes.Gray says he believes the lien is not a personal debt, but one tied to a firm in Illinois that defaulted on it's obligations.Speaking ...
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Vincent Gray, in his first press conference as mayor-elect, talked about two upcoming meetings: one with President Barack Obama--the two will have lunch in early December--and Gray says he will also reach out across the aisle to Republican House leaders, who now control the Congressional subcommittee that oversees the District.Gray says he wants to tap into the Tea Party messag...
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Vincent Gray, in his first press conference as mayor-elect, talked about two upcoming meetings: one with President Barack Obama--the two will have lunch in early December--and Gray says he will also reach out across the aisle to Republican House leaders, who now control the Congressional subcommittee that oversees the District.Gray says he wants to tap into the Tea Party messag...
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The debate over the amendment boiled down to this: Should the attorney general continue to be a position appointed by the mayor, therefore free from the burdens of campaigning and fundraising, or would making the AG more directly accountable to voters make the position more independent from the executive?More than 75 percent of voters signed off on the charter amendment. It wil...
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More than 20 percent of the votes for the mayor's race were cast for write-in candidates. The board of elections is not going to say who was scratched in, but there was an energetic in the final weeks of the campaign to write in the current mayor, Adrian Fenty, who lost to Gray in the primary.And in Ward 3 in Northwest D.C., where Fenty received 80 percent of the vote in Septem...