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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.


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This month, the D.C. Council unanimously approved campaign finance reform legislation to crack down on business owners who are able to evade contribution limits by using multiple companies to give donations. But some of the very Council members who voted for the law may not be following it as they run for mayor. As WAMU 88.5's “...
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D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) is the first candidate in the mayor's race to raise more than a million dollars. While Evans raised the most money, he also appears to have spent the most, reporting about $580,000 cash-on-hand. Council Member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), by contrast, has more in the bank. The Bowser campaign reports $750,000 cash-on-hand after ...
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D.C.'s new healthcare exchange is set to go under the microscope soon, as city legislators plan an oversight hearing. (The hearing was originally scheduled for today, but postponed to January due to the weather.) Last month, Mayor Vincent Gray claimed the city's healthcare exchange known as D.C. Health Link hadn't had any glitches sinc...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is traveling to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral. Before being elected to Congress, she was one of four activists in 1984 that visited the South African Embassy in a meeting that eventually led to serial protests, sit-ins and arrests at the embassy, actions that eventually helped spur the U.S. to levy sanctions against South Afr...
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An inspector general report on D.C.'s juvenile justice system says the city needs to do a better job of monitoring the young people under its care, who are often sent to facilities hundreds of miles away. More than a third of the minors committed to D.C.'s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) are placed in facilities outside D.C. The watchdog agency fou...
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D.C.'s fire department continues to have trouble tracking its fleet of vehicles. It seemed like a simple question from Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) to the officials from the fire department: where are the city's 13 brand new ambulances? "Can you tell me, are they in the shop, do you know where your ambulances are? This is not a trick question." The location...
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A watchdog group gives the District a failing grade over the lack of disclosure from its top judges. The Center For Public Integrity evaluated the disclosure rules regarding the personal finances of judges in the highest state courts around the country. The...
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The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill on first reading to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the highest in the nation. With every single Council member lining up to support the bill, it appears the measure will sail through on the second and final reading, and, equally important, survive a potential veto from Mayor Vincent Gray, who ...
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Official Candidates for D.C. Mayor: Andy Shallal Jack Evans ...
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The National Zoo is naming its giant panda cub Bao Bao after receiving hundreds of thousands of votes from the public. Bao Bao received her name during a special ceremony at the zoo on Sunday to mark her 100th day of life. The name means "treasure" or "precious." The cub has been an Internet sensation since her birth in late August, with fans in D.C. and around the wo...
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After years of parking where they choose, food truck operators in the District of Columbia are preparing to have their spaces assigned by lottery.  District officials say the lottery will bring ``predictability and certainty'' to the city's food truck scene.  The lottery system starts Monday. Participating trucks have been assigned spaces for their exclusive ...
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On Wednesday, the two first Walmarts in D.C. will be open for business: one on H Street near Union Station, the other in Northeast D.C., in the Brightwood neighborhood.  The large retailer has long attracted the ire of labor groups nation-wide, and this past week was no different, as protestors held demonstrations outside the Walmarts in Alexandria and Prince George's co...
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After years of parking where they choose, food truck operators in the District of Columbia are preparing to have their spaces assigned by lottery. District officials say the lottery will bring "predictability and certainty'' to the city's food truck scene. The lottery system starts Monday. Participating trucks have been assigned spaces for their exclusive use eve...
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The Obamas may stay in D.C after his presidency. President Obama tells ABC News the first family may stick around in D.C. when his second term ends in 2016. That’s because the Obamas’ youngest daughter, Sasha, will be a sophomore in high school by then. The president says in an interview that he’s already asked the women in his life to sacrifice a lot for hi...
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The debate over how high D.C.'s buildings should be is heading to Capitol Hill. California congressman Darryl Issa is holding a hearing Monday on potential changes to D.C.'s Height Act, the century-old federal law which restricts building heights in the city. Last week, the National Capital Planning Commission voted to recommend that the law ...
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The new giant panda cub will be named on Sunday, her 100th day of life, following Chinese tradition. Spokeswoman Anna-Lisa Myer says the zoo held an online contest to name the baby panda and the winner will be announced Sunday during a special ceremony. "We received over 123,000 online votes to name the panda, so it was pandamonium with voting and with a nonpartisan voting e...
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A roof over Nationals Park? Probably not going to happen, at least not with taxpayer funds. In mid-July the owner of the Washington Nationals met with Mayor Vincent Gray to ask that the city spend $300 million to build a roof over Nationals Park, a request that Gray quickly shot down. The news of the request by owner Ted Lerner was ...
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After telling D.C.'s sole candidate for attorney general to stop raising money last week, now the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has reversed course and will allow Paul Zukerberg to continue taking in contributions and spending money on his campaign. Last week OCF told Zu...
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The D.C. government has told attorney general candidate Paul Zukerberg to stop campaigning for the position. The defense attorney is battling the city to keep the position on next year's ballot after the D.C. Council moved to delay the election.  In 2010, D.C. voters went to the polls and overwhelmingly supported a referendum creating an elected attorney general position...