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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith


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


Cook County Board Commissioner Proposes Hearing On Police Oversight

The full county board will vote next month on whether to hold a hearing into how suburbs investigate police shootings


Illinois Attorney General Candidates Detail Plans For Police Oversight

In other states, attorneys general have taken active roles in increasing police accountability. Could Illinois be next?

WBEZ Updates

Cook County Officials Call For Desegregation As Solution To Violence

Cook County officials are calling for desegregation as a solution to Chicago’s violence problem.

WBEZ Updates

New Top Federal Prosecutor Promises To Focus On Illegal Guns

The new top federal prosecutor in Chicago is promising to focus on the stream of illegal guns coming into the city.

WBEZ Updates

Illinois Attorney General Candidate Sharon Fairley Outlines Steps She Would Take To Root Corruption

Illinois attorney general candidate Sharon Fairley is outlining steps she would take to root corruption as the state’s top attorney.


How Cops Escape Discipline For Shootings In Suburban Chicago

There have been at least 113 police shootings in suburban Cook County since 2005. Not officer lost his or her job or faced criminal charges.

Morning Shift

WBEZ And BGA Investigate Police Shootings In Suburban Cook County

A WBEZ/BGA investigation finds no discipline was taken against officers in at least 113 police shootings in suburban Cook County in the past 13 years.


‘He’s A Different Kind Of Cop — He Likes Shooting You’

Dolton police officer Major Coleman has shot at six people in his 20-year career. He’s one of at least 13 suburban Cook County cops who have shot more than one person.


‘There Should Be Accountability Somewhere Along The Chain’

Riverdale police fatally shot Brandon Harper in 2009. No weapon was found at the scene.


‘Someone Died — And It Never Should Have Happened’

Franklin Park police fatally shot former music teacher Daniel Mojziszek after running him off the road during a 2010 low-speed chase.


The Revolving Door: Troubled Officers Get Frequent Career Chances

Cash-strapped suburbs, which have some of Cook County’s most dangerous streets, struggle to retain officers — but also promote some with checkered pasts.


Deadly Force Policies Ignored In Suburban Chicago

Most police policies advise against shooting at moving cars, but such guidelines aren't always followed by officers in confrontations.


113 Suburban Cop Shootings, Zero Discipline

Police officers just outside of Chicago have confronted the mentally ill, fired during high-speed chases and even shot other officers.


‘I Think Someone Got Away With Murder’

Maywood police fatally shot Xavier McCord in 2012. His family claims police planted a gun at the scene to cover up a mistake.


Failed Oversight Follows Suburban Police Shootings

There is little evidence that suburban police departments second-guess officers who fire weapons under questionable circumstances.


‘You’re Playing War Games In My Front Yard’

Robert Lyons was killed by a police sniper’s bullet after an eight-hour standoff in which he pleaded 32 times for the SWAT team to leave.


Chicago Murder Rate Drops, But Not In All Neighborhoods

In 2017, Chicago Police reported a 15 percent decrease in murders — though there were still more than 650 killings throughout the city.

Every Other Hour

In Verse: Shootings Rattle East Garfield Park Residents

Two shootings at the same intersection less than 16 hours apart have some East Garfield Park residents thinking about leaving Chicago.

WBEZ Updates

Man Exonerated By DNA Evidence Spends First Thanksgiving At Home In 23 Years

Man who was released from prison on Monday because of DNA evidence is spending Thanksgiving weekend at home with family for the first time in 23 years.

WBEZ Updates

Cook County Prosecutors To Dismiss Drug Charges Against 15 Cases Connected To Corrupt Officer

Cook County prosecutors are agreeing to dismiss drug charges against 15 men who allege they were framed by a corrupt Chicago cop.

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