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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 District will not be raising its income tax to help pay for the city's growing budget gap. The move angered many advocates for safety net services, who say the deep spending cuts will disproportionately affect the city's poorest residents.When D.C. Council Chairman and soon-to-be Mayor Vincent Gray slammed his gavel to start Tuesday's budget hearing, a protestor immediately...
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Future innovative scientists are on display Monday at George Washington University for the Siemens Competition, the country's top science competition for high school students.First prize, a $100,000 college scholarship, may seem like a bargain compared to some of the breakthroughs the students are pursuing. Panc...
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As the temperature drops, authorities are warning people to watch out for carbon monoxide poisoning. The invisible, odorless gas is produced when fuel burns, and it can be lethal.With more people staying indoors and trying to stay warm, emergency responders say they're seeing an uptick in the number of people getting sick.The D.C. Fire Department says dozens of District ...
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The investigation into a D.C council member's nonprofit organization is headed to court. The D.C Attorney General is asking a judge to enforce the city's request for more information.For more than a month, Attorney General Peter Nickles has been pressing Councilmember Harry Thomas for information about his nonprofit, Team Thomas. Nickles says the group, which promotes youth spo...
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D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray says he's raised more than $180,000 so far to cover the costs of his transition and upcoming inauguration.After winning the primary, Gray made the decision to forgo public money and raise the funds from private donors. Most of the money –- approximately $130,000 -– was contributed by businesses and corporations.Because there were no exis...
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D.C.'s next mayor, Vincent Gray, says his lunch with President Obama on Wednesday went better than he could have hoped for. It was Gray's first meeting with the city's most famous resident since winning the mayoral primary in September.While the two men dined on seafood gumbo and a beef and broccoli stir-fry, the menu of local issues up for discussion included: the city's educa...
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FIFA announced today that Qatar, not the United States, will host the 2022 World Cup.There was a collective groan of disappointment in response to the news at the Newseum, where more than 100 people had gathered to watch the event unfold on a giant TV screen.Ben Olsen, the new coach of the soccer club DC United says he was disappointed by the decision."It's a litt...
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D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray had lunch with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Gray says the president wants to do more for the District of Columbia. But exactly what Obama will do for D.C isn't clear.Gray says while the president reinforced his support for voting rights, Obama did not commit to using the city's "No Taxation Without Representation" license plate ...
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As the world commemorates AIDS Day, D.C. activists march on city hall to demand action. Dozens of people were gathering outside the Wilson Building Wednesday to protest the city's lack of a comprehensive plan to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and specifically the lack of housing for individuals with HIV."Simply put: Housing is health care," says Larry Bryant of ...
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Tough decisions are ahead for local lawmakers in the District.The D.C. Council needs to close a $188 million budget gap before the end of the year and that could mean deep cuts in funding for agencies and programs.From grandparents worried about the financial assistance they need to help raise children, to judges concerned about cuts to legal aid groups, nearly 100 peopl...
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D.C. Council members may need sleeping bags for today's marathon hearing on how it will close this year's $188 million budget deficit. More than 90 witnesses are scheduled to testify. It's clear many agencies, nonprofits, business owners and others are worried about severe budget cuts.So far the hearing has become a debate over taxes, specifically a proposal to raise the income...
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D.C. wants to tackle bullying in schools and other places. The city council is considering a series of bills that are designed to cut down on harassment -- whether in the classroom, the library or even online.For Trina Cole, the torment from classmates began when she started identifying as transgender. She says the faculty at D.C.'s Dunbar High School did little, with one staff...
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If you think setting up your Christmas tree is difficult, imagine trying to center a nearly 70-foot spruce. That's the task at hand on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.The Capitol Christmas tree arrived early Monday morning from Hershey, Penn., but its journey began in Wyoming."We have a 67-foot-tall Englemann Spruce tree that was harvested about 40 miles north of Jack...
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Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated his first mass as cardinal over the weekend.The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception may be the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States but every pew was filled for Cardinal Wuerl's first mass in his new position.Wuerl was one of two Americans to be named a cardinal last month by Pope Benedict and he jus...
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Another suspect in the death of D.C. Middle School Principal Brian Betts has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.19-year-old Joel Johnson was one of four suspects initially charged with killing the popular principal. Prosecutors say Betts had met another one of the suspects, Alante Saunders, on a phone chat line and invited him over to his home in Silver Spring. Authorities sa...
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For some this holiday season, finding the perfect Christmas tree means actually going to a farm, picking one out and cutting it down. According to some owners of these tree farms, the cut-your-own tree business is on the rise.Wade Butler of Butler's Orchard in Germantown, Md., says the benefits of cutting your own tree outweigh the c...
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The Bullying Prevention Act of 2010 would prohibit bullying in D.C. schools and government buildings and require the city to develop policies to protect students from harassment -– whether it happens in person or through electronic communication, such as on Facebook or through a text message.The bill also includes specific protections on the basis of gender identity and sexua...
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For more than four decades, D.C.'s best gridiron football teams have battled it out on Thanksgiving for bragging rights. Bragging rights this year go to H.D. Woodson High School.Woodson defeated Dunbar 44-12 in the 41st annual Turkey Bowl. It was a hard-fought game. Both sides of the stadium were packed with fans. A number of local politicians were in attendance, including Mayo...
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The D.C. Attorney General's investigation into a nonprofit run by Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is showing no signs of letting up.A day after the council member turned over documents relating to his nonprofit, Team Thomas, Attorney General Peter Nickles fired back with another subpoena seeking more detailed information.Nickles says he wants a list of everyone who made a...
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Former D.C. mayor and current Councilmember Marion Barry helped hand out 2,000 free turkeys today to residents in Southeast Washington.By 9 a.m. this morning, the line outside Union Temple Baptist Church stretched down the block, with hundreds braving the cold for a free turkey.The giveaway was scheduled for yesterday, but a billing dispute between Giant Foods and Barry ...