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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 Updates

Data: 116 People Sentenced To Prison For Chicago Homicides In 2016

Last year, 116 people were sentenced to prison for Chicago homicides, according to new data from the Cook County State’s Attorney.

WBEZ Updates

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Releases Data On Felony Charges

Last year, illegal weapons possession was by far the most common felony charge in Chicago, according to new data from Cook County’s top prosecutor.

WBEZ News

Why Are There 3 Lawsuits Seeking Court Oversight Of Chicago Police Reform?

Disability advocates' lawsuit claims the city has made no meaningful progress in police reform.

WBEZ Updates

Former Illinois Congressman's Tax Trial Moving Quicker Than Expected

The federal tax trial of former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds is moving forward more quickly than expected.

WBEZ Updates

Former Illinois Congressman On Trial For Allegedly Not Filing Tax Returns

Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds is on trial for allegedly not filing tax returns.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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