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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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The National Alliance to End Homelessness released its first ever "State of Homelessness in America." It looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia, which saw a 3 percent increase in its homeless population, just below the report's national average. Virginia, meanwhile, reported a 3.5 percent increase.The study looked at statistics from 2008 and 2009. The group says i...
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The D.C. area remains under a winter weather advisory. The region has been bracing for some snow but so far, the metro area has been mostly spared.It's been pretty quiet at the salt dome, except for a bulldozer that has been moving giant mounds of salt around.The storm has not, at least by 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, packed the punch that forecasters feared, but lawmakers are not...
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The body of Ashley Turton, mother of three young children and wife of a key White House adviser, was found inside a burning SUV in Southeast Washington by D.C. firefighters on Monday morning.Authorities say it appears the car caught fire inside the garage of Turton's Capitol Hill home early this morning at around 5 a.m. The fire department and the police are investigating. At t...
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A small group of people braved the cold weather Sunday evening to hold candlelight vigil for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on the steps of the Capitol.With the flag atop the Capitol flying at half-staff, below on the front steps, a small group of strangers huddled together in a tight circle.Holding small candles that kept blowing out, some shared their reactions to the...
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D.C.'s Democratic State Committee has picked Sekou Biddle to temporarily fill council chairman Kwame Brown's old seat.Biddle is a school board member and former school teacher, and he was viewed by many political observers as the outsider in the race, a long-shot to win a process dominated by party insiders.But after some ...
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The Army Corps of Engineers is making its final preparations ahead of next week's planned munitions detonations in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest D.C.Some residents who live near the site will be able hear the detonations, which are set to begin Tuesday.The Army Corps is using a detonation chamber to blow up the World War I-era munitions. The Army Corps says...
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A battle is brewing to fill the vacant seat on the D.C. Council. Thursday night, a group of political insiders will appoint a temporary council member and it's looking like a two-man race.It's the classic insider/outsider match-up.There's Vincent Orange, the former Ward 5 council member and longtime politician who has unsuccessfully run for mayor and council chairman....
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With Republicans looking to strip the Districts limited voting power in Congress, new Mayor Vincent Gray says it's time for District residents to get engaged and fight against efforts to limit home rule.Gray traveled to Capitol Hill with other voting rights activists to deliver the message in person.With one hand gripping the podium and the other waving forcefully in the...
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The D.C. Council is considering a bill to make the city's crime lab independent from the police department.The bills sponsor, Councilmember Phil Mendelson, says creating an independent department of forensic sciences will put to rest any concerns of bias or conflict-of-interest that may arise when police are charged with analyzing their own evidence."We want it to be sci...
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D.C. collected approximately $2 million in 5 cent fees from the so-called bag tax last year. That's less than what the District had expected to bring in. But city leaders aren't complaining.The bag tax's architect, council member Tommy Wells, says he was thrilled to hear the city has appeared to fall far short of the estimated $3.5 million it had planned to raise through the fe...
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New Mayor Vincent Gray joined other elected officials and activists in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to speak out against the proposal to strip D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of her vote in the Committee of the Whole.Under Democrats' control of the House, Norton was allowed to vote on proposed changes to bills, although the vote wasn't binding if it ...
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Vincent Gray is now officially the mayor of Washington.The former council chairman was sworn in over the weekend with just minutes to spare before the noon deadline.In his address, Gray hit on the same theme that carried him to victory over incumbent Adrian Fenty: uniting Washington under the banner of 'One City'."Whether we are black, white, red, brown or yellow,...
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Some atheist groups say they have been excluded from D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray's inauguration prayer service.Secular Coalition of America spokesperson Amanda Knief says when the organization found out last week Gray was holding the service the first thought was to protest what she calls "government-sponsored prayer".But then, Knief says, the coalition put in a reques...
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Supporters of D.C. voting rights say its time to get more aggressive with congressional lawmakers.Advocates are promising to step up their demonstrations and change their message on Capitol Hill.DC Vote's Ilir Zherka says with Republicans now back in charge of the House of Representatives, it's time to switch from offense to defense. That is, shift the focus of lobbying ...
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D.C. Voting rights activists are protesting the plan to strip D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of her limited voting power.Under the Democrats control of Congress, Norton and delegates from other U.S. territories like Guam and Puerto Rico have been allowed to cast floor votes when the chamber was meeting as a Committee of the Whole.This allowed Norton to weigh in on a...
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Metro says it will begin randomly inspecting the carry-on bags of its riders.Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn says the inspections will only take a few minutes and should not cause delays for commuters. He says police will use K-9 dogs and devices that can pick up traces of explosive materials."It's going to be random, and its going to eliminate the profiling co...
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Incoming mayor Vincent Gray says he wants D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, the city's first female police chief, to stay at her post.Gray is also rolling out a number of other picks in the public safety field, including one nominee who is already facing some tough questions.For fire chief, Gray has picked Nathan Ellerbee, a former deputy fire chief for the city. Ellerbee ...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is keeping her job. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray has asked the popular police chief to stay on in his administration. Gray is rolling out a number of other public safety appointments as well.Besides Lanier, Gray says he's also tapping Kenneth Ellerbe to run the Fire and EMS department. Ellerbe served in the top brass of the D.C. Fire Department until ...
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Authorities say they have broken up a Mexican drug cartel's attempt to set up a crystal meth operation in the D.C. region.Nine illegal immigrants were indicted and charged with trying to distribute more than 50 pounds of crystal meth –- it was easily the largest seizure of meth in D.C. history –- and MPD officers went undercover to set up the sting.John Torres, with ...
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One week after D.C. replaced Dunbar High School's management team, the mayor and other leaders say the school will undergo a complete renovation.The school was described by one council member as a "prison in open space" because of the school's high-rise, concrete structure and lack of windows or lighting. City leaders say when the revamped school opens in 2013, Dunbar will look...