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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

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Experts: CPD Should Focus On Training Supervisors To Combat Suicide

A mental health advocacy group is working with CPD to create a training for leaders on how to help struggling officers.

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Officer Criticized CPD Trauma Services, Then His Pension Was Reduced

The board reduced benefits for the former officer, who has pushed trauma services for officers since he was wounded in an on-duty shooting.

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Chicago Police Sergeant Says He Was Punished For Refusing To Help Cover Up Shooting

In a new lawsuit, Sgt. Isaac Lambert says higher-ups pressured him to help justify the shooting of an 18-year-old by an off-duty officer.

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Ex-Cop Wounded In Shooting Fights for Pension, Health Care

Psychologists say the shooting has rendered Officer Brian Warner mentally unable to return to work. The police pension board disagrees.

Here and Now

The Evolution Of Crime In One Chicago Neighborhood

Last year, Chicago had more murders than New York and Los Angeles combined — despite having far fewer people.

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Chicago Police Hand Over Name Of Company Used To Monitor Social Media

City attorneys have argued that giving more information about monitoring would prevent CPD from effectively using a crime fighting tool.

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State Police: Guns Surrendered Less Than Quarter Of The Time After Permit Revoked

The Illinois State Police releases data showing failures in Illinois gun laws.

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After Aurora Shooting, Lawmakers Plan Tweaks To Gun Laws

The bill would be based on failed 2016 legislation meant to address a longstanding issue with revoked gun permits in the state.

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In Illinois, Most Revoked Gun Licenses Go Unaccounted For

Illinois State Police revoked more than 10,000 gun permits in 2018, but most of the time revocations only resulted in unanswered letters.

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Aurora Shooting Victims Include An Intern There For His First Day

Five people were killed while at work Friday afternoon before police fatally shot the 45-year-old gunman in the suburb west of Chicago.

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Aurora Shooting Leaves 6 Dead, Including Gunman

Five police officers were also wounded during the Friday afternoon shooting in the suburb 40 miles west of Chicago.

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19 Exonerees Sue Chicago Over Corrupt Former Police Sergeant

Lawsuits were filed by people who had drug convictions overturned in 2018 because of their connection to Sgt. Ronald Watts.

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Chicago Remembers Slain CPD Cmdr. Paul Bauer A Year After His Death

Bauer was mourned as a man of great integrity and joy at the Thompson Center ceremony near where he was killed.

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Year After Death, CPD Cmdr. Bauer Remembered As ‘Marvelous Man’

Bauer was the first of four Chicago police officers killed in the line of duty in 2018.

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Chicago’s Police Suicide Rate Is Higher Than National Average

CPD has pledged to add more department therapists, but ratio of clinicians to officers will still be worse than other departments.

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10 More Men Exonerated In Cases Tied To Corrupt Former CPD Sergeant

An attorney estimates the total number of exonerations connected to Sgt. Ronald Watts could top 100.

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Federal Judge Approves Chicago Police Reform Plan

The approved consent decree requires new use of force policy, more mental health help for officers, and increased transparency.

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Activists Call Preckwinkle Laquan Ad ‘Slap To The Face’

The mayoral candidate’s commercial boasts about exposing truth, critics claim she’s using the killing as a political distraction.

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First Chicago Murder Victims Of 2019 Were Looking For New Life

Victims signed up for a construction training program and were murdered just four days before the start of class.

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Officer Marmolejo’s Daughter Remembers Father as ‘Hero’

15-year-old Rebecca Marmolejo addresses dad at funeral: ‘You’re my role model and the person I aspire to be.’

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