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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


Chicago Cop Who Killed 15-Year-Old Dakota Bright Will Keep His Job

The Chicago Police Board decided Thursday night that a 2012 fatal police shooting followed department rules. Chicago's top cop disagreed.

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Ep 3: The Fallout

Protesters take to the streets. Critics attack the mayor and police department. A federal probe finds a pattern of abuse by Chicago cops.


Prosecutors Move To Revoke Or Increase Van Dyke’s Bail After WBEZ, Trib Interview

Officer Jason Van Dyke is set to go on trial Sept. 5. Prosecutors say he violated an order by talking about the shooting of Laquan McDonald.

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Ep 2: Pattern & Practice

The fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald aggravated longstanding tensions between Chicago police and the city’s black residents. We look at how a troubled police department spun a narrative of the shooting, how that narrative fell apart, and how the city reacted when it did.

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Ep 1: The Night Of

The police shooting of Laquan McDonald forces Chicago to prepare for potential riots. We piece together details from McDonald’s too-short life and hear from Officer Jason Van Dyke in his first interview since the shooting.


New Law Means More Oversight For Suburban Police Shootings

Lawmakers responded after a WBEZ/BGA investigation found many suburban departments didn’t review police shootings.


What You Need To Know About Chicago’s Proposed Police Reform Plan

The proposal calls for more transparency around police shootings and community input on the department's use-of-force policy.


9 Strange Moments From The Controversial LeGrier Police Shooting Trial

A jury awarded the young man’s family $1 million, but they invalidated it. That’s just one of many strange details from this trial.


Legendary Judge George Leighton Dead At 105

He came to Chicago when African-Americans couldn’t rent a downtown office. He went on to become a pioneering judge who fought injustice.


Lawmakers Seek Broader Reviews Of Suburban Police Shootings

Leading black lawmakers in Illinois are vowing a push to mandate procedural reviews of police shootings in Cook County suburbs.


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.

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