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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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IPRA Recommends Drastic Changes To Police Use Of Force Policy

The agency that investigates police shootings says CPD should “express a clearer, stronger commitment to the sanctity of life.”

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Are Sex Offender Restrictions So Vague They’re Unconstitutional?

A lawsuit says when rules are too broad, registered offenders end up afraid of visiting family, churches or hospitals.

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Despite Temporary Budget, Many Illinois Groups Still Hurting

In the Rockford area, juvenile crime is up thanks to budget impasse.

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With Stopgap Deal, What's Next For Redeploy Illinois?

In October, a program in Winnebago County that helped juvenile offenders stay out of prison and get back on the right track closed because of the lack of state funding.

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City Lawyers Hid Evidence Of Police Misconduct

Municipal lawyers rarely attract public attention, but court records indicate they are often a weak link in exposing police misdeeds.

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South Side Pastor Offers $10k Reward For Info On Shooting That Wounded Toddler

Pastor Corey Brooks’ New Beginnings Church is just two blocks from the site of the shooting.

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Jan Schakowsky: Sit-In Is 'Just The Beginning'

"People are killed every weekend, really every day in the city of Chicago. Those every day massacres are calling out for some solution."

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Fatal Shooting Outside Of West Side Chicago School

Chicago police are investigating the shooting death of a Chicago Public Schools employee outside of an elementary school.

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Five Years Later IPRA Obtains Key Video In Police Shooting

The agency that investigates police shootings did not know of dash-cam footage from fatal 2011 shooting until WBEZ reported on it.

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Darius Pinex, CPD And The Case Of The Missing Dashcam Video

The family's attorney says video directly contradicts officers’ version of fatal police shooting, but investigators never saw it.

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More Than 300 Videos, Still Many Unanswered Questions

WBEZ’s review of material released by Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority shows missing info, audio and video.

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Settlement Reached In Police ‘Code Of Silence’ Case

City attorneys say the $2 million settlement has absolutely nothing to do with Mayor Emanuel having to testify.

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Cook County Sheriff's Office Receiving More Social Service Calls Amid State Budget Crisis

The Cook County Sheriff’s office says it’s taking more social service calls from families facing homelessness because of the budget impasse.

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CPD Officer Who Killed Unarmed Woman Resigns

The officer who shot and killed Rekia Boyd while off-duty in 2012 has resigned from the Chicago Police Department.

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Third Suspect Arrested In The Tyshawn Lee Murder

The third and final suspect in the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee is in custody in downstate Illinois.

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City says $500M redevelopment of old post office finalized

Long-vacant building that straddles Congress Parkway downtown purchased by New York company.

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Friends Of The Park Responds To Emanuel's Last Ditch Legal Effort

The parks group fighting to keep the Lucas Museum off of Chicago’s lakefront says a last-ditch legal effort by the city is quote “a significant waste of judicial resources.” WBEZ’s Patrick Smith reports.

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South Side Standoff Ends; Suspect Apparently Shot Himself

SWAT team members have surrounded a home in the Fernwood neighborhood.

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Lack Of Illinois' State Budget Strikes Again

You can add aspiring poets to the list of Illinois budget victims.

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Canada Geese Nesting At GSU Prompt Safety Concerns

The school sent out a high-alert email to all staff and students last week with safety tips for dealing with the fowl bullies.

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