Patrick Smith | WBEZ
Skip to main content
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

Police Union Seeks To Kick Out Its Former President

Dean Angelo spoke in defense of Jason Van Dyke during his murder trial. Now, the police union says his comments were against the rules.

WBEZ News

Judge To Announce Verdict In Alleged Laquan McDonald Cover-Up Dec. 19

The judge will review evidence before announcing her decision on obstruction, official misconduct, and conspiracy charges.

WBEZ News

Attorneys For Accused Chicago Cops Facing Key Decision

Three officers charged with covering up for Jason Van Dyke are set to announce Thursday whether they will mount a defense.

WBEZ News

Judge May Not Allow Police Emails In Cover-Up Trial

In trial of 3 Chicago cops charged with conspiracy to protect Jason Van Dyke, prosecutors point to emails of “unindicted co-conspirators.”

WBEZ News

Chicago Police Officer Testifies Her Laquan McDonald Shooting Statement Was Altered By Detective

Dora Fontaine says she never saw McDonald raise knife or attack, but that ended up in police reports. The defense argued she was a liar.

WBEZ News

Journalist At Center Of Laquan McDonald Case Allowed Back In Courtroom

Jamie Kalven was first to report on the 16 shots that hit McDonald, as well as the discrepancies between police narrative and evidence.

WBEZ News

Defense Attacks Laquan McDonald In First Day Of Police Cover-up Trial

Prosecutors began presenting a case against three officers charged with covering for Jason Van Dyke. The defense calls the charges baseless.

WBEZ News

Hundreds Mourn Officer Killed At Mercy Hospital

CPD Officer Samuel Jimenez was killed last week after confronting an active shooter. His funeral was Monday in Des Plaines.

WBEZ News

Analysis: Midlothian Officer Won’t Likely Face Charges

If history is any indication, it is unlikely the officer who shot a security guard in a suburban club will face any discipline at all.

WBEZ News

Lawsuit Payouts, OT Costs, And Officer Mental Health: Takeaways From CPD Budget Hearing

The city of Chicago is considering a $1.5 billion budget for the police department.

WBEZ News

Police Union President: Illinois AG Lied About Chicago Police Reform Plan

FOP President Kevin Graham says the attorney general promised consent decree wouldn’t conflict with union contract.

WBEZ News

Testy And Awkward Exchange Ahead Of Hearings On CPD Reform

Seventy-six people signed up Wednesday to give their thoughts on a consent decree that, if approved, would be overseen by a federal judge.

WBEZ News

Federal Judge Wants Your Opinion On Police Reform In Chicago

How to take advantage of a chance to speak directly to the federal judge overseeing an attempt to overhaul policing in Chicago.

WBEZ News

Chicago Cop Who Killed 15-Year-Old Dakota Bright Will Keep His Job

The Chicago Police Board decided Thursday night that a 2012 fatal police shooting followed department rules. Chicago's top cop disagreed.

16 Shots

Ep 3: The Fallout

Protesters take to the streets. Critics attack the mayor and police department. A federal probe finds a pattern of abuse by Chicago cops.

WBEZ News

Prosecutors Move To Revoke Or Increase Van Dyke’s Bail After WBEZ, Trib Interview

Officer Jason Van Dyke is set to go on trial Sept. 5. Prosecutors say he violated an order by talking about the shooting of Laquan McDonald.

16 Shots

Ep 2: Pattern & Practice

The fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald aggravated longstanding tensions between Chicago police and the city’s black residents. We look at how a troubled police department spun a narrative of the shooting, how that narrative fell apart, and how the city reacted when it did.

16 Shots

Ep 1: The Night Of

The police shooting of Laquan McDonald forces Chicago to prepare for potential riots. We piece together details from McDonald’s too-short life and hear from Officer Jason Van Dyke in his first interview since the shooting.

WBEZ News

New Law Means More Oversight For Suburban Police Shootings

Lawmakers responded after a WBEZ/BGA investigation found many suburban departments didn’t review police shootings.

WBEZ News

What You Need To Know About Chicago’s Proposed Police Reform Plan

The proposal calls for more transparency around police shootings and community input on the department's use-of-force policy.

Get the WBEZ App

Download the best live and on-demand public radio experience. Find out more.

CLOSE X