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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

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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Authorities say they have foiled a Mexican drug cartel's attempt to set up a cystal meth operation in the D.C. region. Nine people were indicted with trying to sell more than 50 pounds of crystal meth.Authorities say the men, who are all illegal immigrants, were members of La Familia -- a group described by an immigration official as a dangerous drug cartel that operates out o...
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With this winter's first real cold snap showing few signs of easing up, the District government says it's ready for this season's first snowstorm -- whenever it happens.The city's snow prep actually begins in the sweltering summer month of July, when transportation department officials begin meeting to go over their so-called snow plan. They test the equipment, coordinate dry r...
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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...
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Developers, university presidents, CEOs, labor leaders -- Mayor-elect Vince Gray gathered approximately 40 of the city's major stakeholders, sat them down, and held a three-hour discussion on how to get more residents working.Long term, everyone agrees the answer is education: Fix the school system and tailor the community college and other programs into high job-growth areas l...
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After last winter's brutal, back-to-back snow storms that shut down D.C., the city is making sure its ready for whatever mother nature has in store.DDOT's Karyn Le Blanc says after snowmaggeden city officials spent a good amount of time this summer going over what happened and, more importantly, what they learned.And the key lesson, she says, is knowing when to plow and ...
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D.C Mayor-elect Vince Gray is trying to work with top business leaders to address the District's unemployment rate. Gray gathered about 40 of them Monday to talk about how his administration can get more District residents working.One of the topics of interest during the meeting was unemployment, which remains a major problem in D.C. In Ward 8, for example, it's estimated that ...
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During the campaign for mayor, Mayor-elect Vince Gray strongly courted religious voters: On the final Sunday before the September primary, he traveled from church to church trying to win over voters. And now the mayor-elect is rewarding their support.Speaking at the National Cathedral Sunday, Gray promised to re-establish the Office of Religious affairs, an agency that folded i...
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It now truly feels like the holiday season in the nation's capital with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The First Family lit the huge tree last night before thousands of people.It was a festive atmosphere as President Obama and the First Family flipped the switch to light the 42-foot Colorado Blue Spruce that sits just south of the White House on the Ellipse....
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Gray named seven more people to his cabinet Thursday morning. The majority are staff members from the council and the chairman's office.The picks include: the budget director, the general counsel, the secretary of the council. The message here is that Gray is bringing his people into the new administration.He still would not answer questions about the status of D.C. Poli...
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President Obama lit the National Christmas Tree just after 5 p.m. Thursday night. Later in the program, Michelle Obama read a children's holiday story to the crowd.The event marks the 88th tree-lighting ceremony. The last 23 have been on the Ellipse, just south of the White House.Thousands of people attended the ceremony, and there are street closures and parking restric...
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D.C.'s Mayor-elect Vincent Gray has named a key member of the Fenty administration to his cabinet. Allen Lew will become the city administrator when Gray takes over in January.Lew has had a hand in some of D.C.'s biggest public works projects. He oversaw construction of the Convention Center as well as the Nationals Ballpark. Most recently, he was in charge of modernizing schoo...
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Gabe Klein, the head of D.C.'s transportation department, is stepping down. Klein says Mayor-elect Vincent Gray will not be keeping him on when the new administration takes over in January.Klein took over DDOT nearly two years ago. In that short time span, he oversaw some major events and changes at the department. For many, Klein will be remembered for his work during "snowmag...
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The D.C. Council took a major step in closing the city's ballooning budget deficit. The council passed a revised spending plan that includes furloughs, deep cuts to social services, but no income tax increase.Almost at soon as Council Chairman Vincent Gray slammed his gavel down, protesters rose up from their chairs.One by one, they disrupted the hearing and demanded the...
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D.C. Mayor-elect Vince Gray still hasn't said who will serve in his administration, but some of those key cabinet positions could be announced soon.Gray says he will announce his picks this week, as early as Wednesday. A source in the Wilson Building says the announcement is slated for Wednesday afternoon.Gray will likely answer some of the big questions that he has face...
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Some college students in the District say they deserve a greater say in local politics. They're trying to take advantage of the city's new same-day registration law to get more students elected in districts that represent campuses or dorms.But this new electoral activism is rankling some old-time activists.Tom Smith says when he found out an American University freshman ...