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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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With it's new bike-sharing program and expanded bike lanes, Washington is quickly earning a reputation as a city that supports two-wheel transportation. But with more people sharing the roads, one lawmaker says he's concerned about how traffic laws are being enforced.D.C. Council Member Phil Mendelson says he's received a number of complaints in recent weeks from pedestrian and...
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D.C. Council Member Michael Brown says he's been talking with Redskins owner Dan Snyder about opening up a Redskins training facility in the District.They may be called the Washington Redskins, but the team right now has little to do with the nation's capital. They play their games in Landover, Md., and practice in Ashburn, Va.That's why Brown says it makes sense for a D...
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On the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the nation's capital remains the backdrop for the fight over abortion rights. But two recent developments are reigniting the debate here locally as well.In Lafayette Park, just outside the White House, Renee Joseph of Frederick, Md., gets her keyboard ready for the anti-abortion rally that's about to start....
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Thousands of people took part in Monday's "March for Life" rally in Washington. The annual event marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.By noon, the National Mall was packed with people. Opponents of abortion rights from all over the country had come to Washington to protest, to march and to hear the speakers.Th...
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Like bad traffic and high taxes, experts say bed bugs have become an unfortunate fact in life in the D.C. region."Its just enough levels of infestations out there in properties, in people's houses, that now they are sort of ubiquitous, they're everywhere -– so it's just something we have live with," says Maryland entomologist Larry Pinto.He wrote the book on bed bugs ...
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Panda diplomacy is alive and well in Washington. The Chinese government signed a deal with the National Zoo Thursday to keep the pair of Giant pandas in D.C. for another five years.U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar called the deal a "win-win" for everyone: D.C. keeps its two most popular residents, pandas Mai Xiang and Tian Tian, the Chinese receive $10 million, and th...
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The rules governing D.C.'s new medical marijuana law take effect this week. But there are still some unanswered questions about its implementation, and it will likely be months before patients can start receiving pot.For budding medical marijuana entrepreneur Adam Eidinger, the law's slow roll-out has been troubling."If the mayor's office does not fulfill their obligatio...
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Some D.C. Council members want to make it possible to get a driver's license without a social security number.One of the bill's co-sponsors, Council Member Phil Mendelson, says there are some people out there that for whatever reason do not want a social security number and that shouldn't prohibit them from driving.But the proposal is likely to spur some debate over ille...
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The race for a D.C. council at-large seat is getting crowded. Wednesday, two more candidates threw their hats in the ring.One is Republican School Board Member Patrick Mara, who announced via YouTube that he'll seek the at-large seat. The other is Bryan Weaver, a Democrat who lives in Ward 1. Both have unsuccessfully run ...
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The court did not comment in turning away a challenge from a Maryland pastor and others who were trying to let city residents vote on a measure that defines marriage as being between a man a woman.Bishop Harry Jackson lead a lawsuit against the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics after it refused to put that initiative on the ballot.The board ruled that the ballot questio...
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D.C.'s year-round job training program for the city's young people is in trouble. According to the Washington Post, the District canceled its contracts for the program because there were problems with the procurement process.Nearly 700 young people are enrolled in the program. Ten groups were awarded contracts to work with them, some of these contracts were worth more than $100...
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Across the region Monday, many residents are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. day by performing community service. Mayor Vincent Gray helped kick off one of the largest volunteer projects in D.C. and took the opportunity to speak about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and District voting rights.The location of Monday's outdoor soup kitchen and clothing drive was fitting: T...
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Monday's holiday celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has also become a day of community service for many. One group is hoping Monday's call to service will lead to more volunteering down the road.The HandsOn Network, the largest volunteer network in the country, says one of its main goals Monday is to get more people i...
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Outside the unfinished MLK memorial on the National Mall, a group of activists marched, hoping to highlight King's views on economic equality.Less than a mile away, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in D.C., dozens gathered to hand out food and clothes to the hungry and homeless.There, Mayor Vincent Gray connected King's push for civil rights to the city's fight for ...
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The District's approach to curbing chronic homelessness appears to be paying off.From 2008 to 2009 –- during the height of the recession -– the number of chronically homeless fell by more than 12 percent in the city.The National Alliance to End Homelessness, which looked at homelessness in each state and the District, credits the city for embracing a number of innova...
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Homelessness has spiked across the region during the recession. But few places were hit as hard as Maryland.From 2008 to 2009, the number of homeless Maryland residents jumped by more than 25 percent, according a report out Wednesday by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.The number of chronically homeless in Maryland jumped by more than one-third, as did the numbe...
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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...