Martin Austermuhle is a reporter in WAMU’s newsroom. He covers politics, development, education, social issues, and crime, among other things. Austermuhle joined the WAMU staff in April 2013 as a web producer and reporter. Prior to that, he served as editor-in-chief for DCist.com. He has written for the Washington City Paper, Washington Diplomat and other publications.
Born in Switzerland, Austermuhle lived throughout Latin America before coming to the U.S. to attend Pennsylvania State University. He received a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. He lives in the Washington neighborhood of Michigan Park with his wife Carolina, a school teacher, and their two daughters.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has commissioned a huge road banner in bold yellow paint that says Black Lives Matter and stretches over two blocks near the White House.
Amazon is working on a whittled-down list of cities where it might build the second headquarters. Among the bidders, Washington, D.C., stands out for competing against two of its next-door neighbors.
It's now legal to smoke pot in the nation's capital, but you can't do so in public and you still can't buy it legally. Despite the restrictions that are greater than other jurisdictions that have legalized marijuana, many advocates of the voter-approved law say it is symbolic in many other ways.