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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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Three Children Among Victims Of Gun Violence

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

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Reporter Who Exposed Burge Torture Not Expecting Much From Daley Deposition

John Conroy says even if the former mayor is deposed on police torture, he expects the mayor to claim a loss of memory.

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4 Victims Identified In Deadly Home Invasion On Far South Side

A relative of the victims said she is "numb."

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Rauner Signs Law Allowing IDs for Released Inmates

Proponents say the law would make it easier for released inmates to get state IDs, but critics say it doesn't go far enough.

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Not Since ’98: Relatives Reflect On Chicago Gun Violence Then And Now

Families of loved ones killed in 1998, the last time Chicago saw more than 700 murders, say they are horrified at this year’s murder rate.

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Chicago Set To Spend $5 Million To Settle Police Shooting Lawsuits

A Chicago city council committee is scheduled to vote Monday on more than $5 million to settle lawsuits over two men killed by police.

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City, Police Officer Sued in Controversial Shooting of Teen

The sergeant who shot 19-year-old Kajuan Raye was also involved in a fatal shooting in 2013.

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Evanston Strengthens Sanctuary City Status

Evanston City Council unanimously passed legislation Monday to strengthen the north suburb’s Welcoming City Ordinance.

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Willie Wilson Welcomes 82 People He Bailed Out To Thanksgiving Meal

The former mayoral candidate has spent thousands bailing out low level offenders. Now he is offering them a meal and $200.

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Chicago Crusader For Bond Reform Won’t Make Any Promises

Cook County’s incoming top prosecutor won’t give specifics on how she will help reform the county’s bond system.

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