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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Producer

Patrick Smith is a producer for WBEZ. He produces All Things Considered and reports on politics and criminal justice. Patrick joined WBEZ as an intern in 2013 and never left.

He has a B.S. in news reporting and writing from Columbia College Chicago and an almost M.A. in public affairs reporting from the same place. His reporting has won awards from the Associated Press, the Chicago Headline Club, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

Patrick grew up a few miles north of Detroit. Now he lives in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. 

Recent Stories

Every Other Hour

In Verse: A Different Look At Gun Violence

This summer, we’re pairing a WBEZ reporter with a photographer and a poet to document the emotional weight of Chicago’s gun violence.

WBEZ News

Court Filing: Downstate Youth Prison ‘Funnelling’ Kids Into Adult Prisons

Illinois largely eliminated solitary confinement in youth prisons in 2015, but the ACLU says guards have come up with a worse solution.

WBEZ Updates

Report: City Employees Sent Racist Emails On Taxypayer-Funded Email Accounts

Chicago’s Inspector General found repeated ‘hateful’ and offensive emails sent by water supervisors.

WBEZ Updates

A Closer Look At Chicago Police's Gang Database

A lawsuit filed this week claims the Chicago Police Department’s gang database is ineffective and unfair.

WBEZ News

Voices From Inside: Hear The Poetry Of Young People Behind Bars

Each year hundreds of high schoolers from across the Chicago area compete in the Louder Than A Bomb poetry competition.It’s a beloved event, and for the last four years, the organizers have brought the slam-poetry festival to a group of young people who would otherwise be unable to experience it: kids locked up in jail.

WBEZ Updates

Child Welfare Experts Weigh In On What To Look For In Next DCFS Chief

With resignation of George Sheldon, Gov. Rauner is searching for the eighth child welfare director in four years.

WBEZ News

Chicago Lost 9,000 More Residents Last Year

Chicago remains the third-largest city in the country despite losing population for three straight years.

WBEZ Updates

Lawsuit: Airline Employees Share Personal Info With Feds For Big Payouts

A convicted drug dealer is suing United Airlines and DEA task force officers over what he says was an illegal seizure at O’Hare Airport.

WBEZ Updates

Facebook Officials, Chicago Leaders Working To Address Live-Streamed Violence

Several horrific acts of violence have been streamed live on Facebook this year in Chicago, including the murder of a 2 year old. Now, the social media giant is promising to do more to stop it from happening.

Every Other Hour

‘There’s A Story Behind Why We Shoot People’

Two young Chicagoans talk about why they picked up a gun and how it changed their lives.

WBEZ News

Southern Illinois County Suing Manufacturers Of Opioid Painkillers

St. Clair County has filed a lawsuit claiming two companies pushed unsafe use of the drugs, despite health risks.

WBEZ Updates

City Of Chicago Ordered To Pay $350k To Family Of Teen Killed By Police

Cook County jury awarded payout on Tuesday, and found 2013 shooting unjustified. Superintendent Eddie Johnson had testified in civil trial

WBEZ Updates

Des Plaines Mayor Celebrates Re-election, And Restful Night For Infant Daughter

Des Plaines Mayor Matthew Bogusz after winning a second term: ‘I’m feeling excited about the win. I’m also feeling excited that my 3-month old slept through the night.’

WBEZ News

Sessions Memo Puts Federal Oversight Of CPD In Doubt

New DOJ directives for police oversight could mean no agreement between Chicago and the federal government over police reform.

WBEZ News

Harvey Alderman: Legal Challenge Is Political

Ald. Lamont Brown is barred from participating in Harvey government until a court hearing. He has two felony convictions on his record.

WBEZ News

Three Children Among Victims Of Gun Violence

Three Chicago children, all younger than 13, have died this week from gunshot wounds.

WBEZ News

No Bail For Man Charged In Shooting Death Of 11-year-old Takiya Holmes

Prosecutors say Antwan Jones was trying to shoot people he thought were selling weed in his territory.

WBEZ News

'Operation Wake Up' Rally Clashes With Vigil For Slain Pre-Teen

More than 100 people gathered Tuesday night to grieve 11-year-old Takiya Holmes, who succumbed to her injuries that morning.

WBEZ News

Banned Together: Cab Driver Says Travel Ban Means Fewer Fares

Malual M. Awak said the uncertainty over the travel ban have made life much more difficult for cab drivers who rely on airport business.

WBEZ News

Banned Together: Travel Agent Worries Ban Will Kill Her Company

Manal Mashal says a lot of Middle-Eastern clients book trips back home around this time of the year. So far, there's been nothing.

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