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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 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.


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.’


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.


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.


Three Children Among Victims Of Gun Violence

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


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.


'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.


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.


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.


Banned Together: Machine-Shop Owner Nervous Work Will Grind To A Halt

Aneesa Muthana was hopeful President Trump would bring back manufacturing jobs. She’s not so sure now.


Chicago’s Top Cop Calls Discipline System A ‘Starting Point’

CPD has implemented a system to standardize how cop’s are punished, but the Justice Department says the rules aren’t enough.


Community Organizer: Family Ambushed During Vigil

Police believe the shooting, which wounded six people, including a 12-year-old girl, was an act of retaliation.


Sources: DOJ Plans To Release Report On Chicago Police Next Week

A source said the civil rights report could come out Jan. 13 or Jan. 16.


In 2016, Infrequent Justice For Chicago's Youngest Violence Victims

A WBEZ review of 2016 Chicago police data shows arrests were made in only three of 41 shootings deaths involving children 13 or younger.


Violent Year Especially Dangerous For Chicago’s Youngest Children

WBEZ review of police data shows more than 40 kids younger than 14 were wounded or killed in shootings in 2016. That’s more than twice the number in 2015.

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