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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

WBEZ News

Man Sentenced To Life In Prison As Teen Could Be Freed Soon

For years, Cook County prosecutors refused to give Addolfo Davis a break for murders he committed as a teen, but that’s changed.

WBEZ News

3 Prosecutors Are Handling Hundreds Of Wrongful Conviction Claims

With one attorney currently on vacation, the cases of 15 men seeking to overturn their convictions have been delayed.

WBEZ News

Old Button-Mashing Arcades Come Back For A New Generation

"I know I didn't grow up with arcades but ... I enjoy talking with my dad about it and it's just something we bonded over," says one player.

WBEZ News

What’s New In How Chicago Investigates Police Shootings

A new agency will take over investigations of police shootings in Chicago on Friday. Here’s a look at how it differs from the old one.

WBEZ News

Cook County Sheriff Disciplines 48 Officers For Time Fraud

A monthslong investigation uncovered officers got paid for time they did not work, the sheriff’s office said.

Every Other Hour

In Verse: Man Shot During Argument In West Englewood

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 Updates

Opioid Overdoses Driving Higher Autopsy Costs

An increasing number of overdose deaths is forcing some Chicago-area coroners to spend more on autopsies.

WBEZ News

Emanuel To Reappoint Vocal Critic As Head Of Police Board

Lori Lightfoot, who headed the police accountability task force, had been waiting for the decision since her term ended Monday.

WBEZ Updates

Northwestern Professor, Oxford Employee Wanted For Chicago Murder

The two are charged with stabbing a 26-year-old man to death on the 10th floor of a luxury apartment building on State Street.

WBEZ Updates

New Lawsuit Seeks To Void Thousands Of Chicago Texting-And-Driving Tickets

Last month, an attorney won a settlement from the city over red light camera tickets. Now she's taking aim at distracted driving tickets.

Every Other Hour

In Verse: ‘The Streets Are Marked With The Children’s Blood’

This summer, we’re sending a journalist, a photographer and a poet out together to reflect the human measure of Chicago’s shootings

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.

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