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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

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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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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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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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...
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By Patrick MaddenThe university professor that hacked into the District's board of elections Web site as part of a sanctioned security test says he wasn't the only one poking around.University of Michigan Professor Alex Halderman says when he and his graduate students hacked into the board's Web site and embedded the school's fight song onto the Web page, they observed o...
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By Patrick MaddenWhen D.C.'s Board of Elections and Ethics dared people to try to hack it's prototype for online voting, a professor and his students from the University of Michigan rose to the occasion.They infiltrated the system and even embedded the school's fight song on the Web page.But new details from the incident reveal just how vulnerable online voting c...
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By Patrick MaddenD.C.'s Democratic nominee for mayor, Vincent Gray, is trying to woo voters in a part of the city that overwhelmingly supported his opponent in September's primary.Gray held a town hall meeting last night in upper Northwest Washington as part of his citywide listening tour.In her introduction for Gray, Ward 3 Council Member Mary Cheh called it the ...
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By Patrick MaddenThe slaying of a teacher at a Maryland juvenile detention center was the result of "multiple systemic security failures," according to a report released today by the state.Hannah Wheeling, 65, was found dead in February outside a cottage at the Cheltenham Youth Facility in Prince George's County. She had been beaten, sexually assaulted and choked....
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By Patrick MaddenThe D.C. Council has rejected a request by Mayor Adrian Fenty to extend the city’s summer jobs program another seven days.The mayor’s proposal couldn’t muster enough support Tuesday – with only two members voting in favor of it.Although this year’s program has – by all accounts – avoided the large-scale problems that plagued recent e...
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After two years of gains under D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, in the latest round of standardized tests, elementary scores have fallen.Math and reading scores for elementary school students dropped 4.5 points from last year, according to preliminary D.C. CAS test results. At the same time, scores for high school students in math and reading jumped 3 and 4 points respect...
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After two years of gains under D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, in the latest round of standardized tests, elementary scores have fallen.Math and reading scores for elementary school students dropped 4.5 points from last year, according to preliminary D.C. CAS test results. At the same time, scores for high school students in math and reading jumped 3 and 4 points respect...
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This year's race for mayor will go down as the most expensive campaign in District history. With all of this money flowing in, it can be hard to keep track of where the cash is coming from.D.C. campaign finance laws are modeled after federal laws, with one big difference: Corporations and unions are allowed to directly contribute to local campaigns. And some companies may have ...
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This year's race for mayor will go down as the most expensive campaign in District history. With all of this money flowing in, it can be hard to keep track of where the cash is coming from.D.C. campaign finance laws are modeled after federal laws, with one big difference: Corporations and unions are allowed to directly contribute to local campaigns. And some companies may have ...
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By Patrick MaddenD.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee says she believes the city has found the money to fund the proposed teachers contract.The tentative agreement relies on private donations to help fund salary increases for teachers. But the Districts Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi has refused to certify the contract until the city shows it can pay for the deal...
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A white supremacist charged with killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is scheduled to be arraigned this week in federal court. James von Brunn, the 89-year-old suspected shooter, was indicted in July on seven counts, including first-degree murder, bias-motivated crime, and killing in a federal building. Four of the charges make him eligible for the death pena...
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The Maryland Department of Agriculture is closing three of its five animal health laboratories. The department says laboratories in Centreville, Oakland and College Park will close, while facilities in Salisbury and Frederick will remain open. The Frederick facility will specialize in livestock diagnostics and the Salisbury facility will continue to focus on poultry. The three facilit...