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Patrick Terpstra

National Investigative Reporter

Patrick Terpstra leads video-rich investigations that expose things not working the way they should. His stories hold governments accountable, from small town councils to Congress. His pieces on Newsy combine data, records and the experiences of people all across the country to identify broken systems and potential solutions. Before joining Newsy, Patrick was second in command at the Cox Media Group Washington News Bureau, filing nightly reports from Capitol Hill for television and radio stations and coordinating daily coverage for the bureau. Before moving back to his native Washington, Patrick reported from the General Assembly in Virginia and cities in southeastern Virginia for WVEC-TV. He also covered NASA space shuttle launches and alligator captures as a reporter stationed in Brevard County, Florida. When not chasing down stories, Patrick likes to plan his next travel adventure, find new trails to run or work in the yard with indie rock in the earbuds.

  Recent Work
A line outside Central Union Mission in Washington, D.C.
Zach Cusson / NewsySci/Health

Long Waits For Covid Tests, Donated Food Mark Start Of Holiday Season

Former state representative Lawrence Roberts
Pennsylvania House of RepresentativesPolitics

Plaintiff In Trump Election Lawsuit Is A Former State Lawmaker

Pennsylvania woman protests late vote counting
APPolitics

Fact-Checking A Trump Election Lawsuit In Pennsylvania

Ballot processing in Arizona
APPolitics

Trump Campaign Asks For Patience While Weighing Legal Options

Vote counting during the 2000 election
APPolitics

Supreme Court May Not Be A Lifeline For Trump Like It Was For Bush

Person counts Nevada ballots
APPolitics

Vote Counts Continue Despite Trump Campaign's Legal Challenges

President Trump
White House PoolPolitics

Why President Trump's Early Leads In Key States Evaporated

Voting underway in Hamilton County, Ohio
Carrie Cochran / NewsyPolitics

Backup Poll Workers Still Needed In Key States

A blue mail collection box
Newsy / Mai Nolasco-CarranzaPolitics

USPS Records Show No Evidence Mailbox Removals Were Tied To Election

A ballot
Carrie Cochran / NewsyPolitics

Voters Ordered To Take Down 'Ballot Selfies'

President Trump at the White House
White House poolPolitics

The Timeline Leading To President Trump Testing Positive For COVID-19

Data shows incomplete witness information for North Carolina ballots
Lauren Knapp / NewsyPolitics

Witness Requirement Keeps Votes From Being Counted In Battleground NC

Ballot booths
WXYZ-TVPolitics

Not Paying A Price For Voting Twice

A ballot box
WXYZ-TVPolitics

Online Ballot Tracking Is Reliable But Not Perfect

Virginia's COVIDWISE exposure notification app
Patrick TerpstraSci/Health

Privacy Fears Keeping People Off New COVID-19 Tracking Apps

8th grade teacher Erin McCarthy inside her classroom
Erin McCarthySci/Health

K-12 Schools Suffer Financial Pain From Coronavirus

Steve Bannon
Thibault Camus / APPolitics

Bannon Pleads Not Guilty In Alleged Border Wall Fundraising Scheme

A letter carrier delivers mail.
U.S. Postal ServicePolitics

Postal Service Board Lacks Experience — And Bodies

Arizona State University Campus
Arizona State UniversitySci/Health

Colleges Sit On Emergency Cash Meant For Students

An empty classroom
KNXV-TV ABC15Sci/Health

Newsy Investigates: When COVID-19 Infects A Reopened School

Students at Oregon State University
Oregon State UniversityPolitics

Struggling Universities Pay Lobbyists To Find More Coronavirus Aid

5-year-old Joseph Marotta
Serese MarottaSci/Health

Surprise Hurdles Slowed The Last Big Vaccine Race

Kimberley Byrd
Family photoSci/Health

3 Teachers Shared A Classroom; All Got COVID-19

People on airplane
Amanda Davis 

Why Masks On Flights Still Aren't Required By Law

Statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens in the U.S. Capitol Stephens was vice president of the Confederacy.
Patrick Terpstra / NewsyPolitics

8 States Keep Confederate Statues On Display In U.S. Capitol

Protesters
Steven Senne / APSci/Health

Protests Haven't Fueled Coronavirus Surges As Officials Feared

National Guard troops in Washington
Patrick Terpstra / NewsyU.S.

National Guard's Crackdown In D.C. Cost At Least $21 Million

Workers remove concrete barriers near the White House
Patrick Terpstra / NewsyU.S.

Temporary Fence Near White House Begins Coming Down

NYPD officers
Wong Maye-E / APU.S.

Cities Banned Police Chokeholds But Allowed Other Neck Restraints

Law enforcement officers in Washington, D.C.
Twitter / @dfriedman33U.S.

It Wasn't Always Clear Who Patrolled DC This Week