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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 sign in support of Dr. Michelle Fiscus
APSci/Health

Latest COVID-19 Wave Not Immune From Politics

Bob Freeman, owner of The Buena Vista Cafe
Navy photo courtesy Bob FreemanU.S.

How Being A Veteran Cost A Restaurant Owner A Bite Of COVID Relief

A man at a memorial wall outside the remains of Champlain Towers South.
APU.S.

Cities Trust, But Don’t Always Verify, Safety Of High-Rises

The U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
APPolitics

Jan. 6 Corporate Freeze On Campaign Donations Begins To Thaw

A worker at a shop in California
APSci/Health

New COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules Focus On Health Care

Dante Ferrando owns the Black Cat club in Washington, D.C.
Patrick Terpstra / NewsyBusiness

COVID Aid To Small Venues At A Trickle

A police misconduct souvenir coin for sale
AmazonU.S.

Newsy Investigates: Coins Depicting Police Misconduct For Sale

Music store co-owner Terri Senecal
Zach Cusson / NewsyPolitics

Newsy Investigates: Bureaucratic Blunders Block Small Business Relief

CBP officers stand
U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionU.S.

Bad Cops Off Radar As Federal Agencies Don't Report Fired Officers

Former Virginia State Police Trooper Charles Hewitt
twitter / @JoshuaErlichU.S.

Police Misconduct Unreported, Unnoticed in National Registry

A worker receives a COVID-19 vaccine
APSci/Health

Amid Pandemic, Workplace Air Quality Standards 'All Over The Place'

Carolina Sanchez at a demonstration for workplace safety in Colorado.
APSci/Health

What Happened To Biden’s Plan To Fight COVID-19 In Workplaces?

A performance at Oklahoma City's Tower Theatre
Courtesy: Tower Theatre, Oklahoma CitySci/Health

Curtain Yet To Rise On Relief Program For Shuttered Stages

Beer at a brewery
Zach Cusson / NewsySci/Health

Businesses Hunger For Cash As Feds Sit On $271B In Unspent Aid

A job center in California.
APSci/Health

Is There Really $1 Trillion In Unspent COVID Aid? Not Quite

Iowa state Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, sponsor of voting legislation.
APPolitics

Newsy Investigates: Who’s Behind Push For Stricter Voting Rules?

Boxes of N95 masks stacked in a Texas warehouse.
Michael Bowen / Prestige AmeritechSci/Health

Why You Can't Find An N95 Mask Despite Plenty For Sale

Boxes of suspected counterfeit N95 masks
Queens District Attorney's OfficeSci/Health

Newsy Investigation: How Fake N95 Masks End Up In Hospitals

A temporary fence protects the U.S. Capitol.
APPolitics

Experts Have Ideas For How To Secure The U.S. Capitol Without A Fence

A temporary fence at the U.S. Capitol
APPolitics

In Years Before Riot, Congress Kept Knocking Down Plans For A Fence

Deepfake video of Tom Cruise compared to original video
Instagram / vfxchrisumeU.S.

Deepfake Videos Are Getting Better, And The Pentagon Is Worried

Donald Trump
 Politics

Trump Could Face New Legal Headaches As An Ex-President

National Guard troops seen through a fence
Patrick Terpstra / NewsyPolitics

Few Spectators Attend Inauguration Amid Security Clampdown, Pandemic

A man uses a flagpole as a weapon.
Christopher Chern / CNNU.S.

Rules Against Flagpoles Did Not Cover Rioters Marching To Capitol

A photo illustration of nurse staffing challenges at veterans hospitals
Photo Illustration by Zach Cusson / NewsySci/Health

Rising COVID-19 Cases Among VA Nurses Cause Staffing Challenges

Lawmakers take cover on the House floor
APPolitics

U.S. Capitol Police Appeared To Be Overwhelmed. Why?

President Trump campaigns in Georgia
APPolitics

Fact-checking President Trump's Georgia Phone Call

Health workers don protective equipment
APSci/Health

States Run Up Against Deadline To Spend COVID Aid

Two Confederate statues on display in the U.S. Capitol
Mai Nolasco-Carranza / NewsyPolitics

Confederate Statues Still Standing in U.S. Capitol

Sewage testing in Florida
WPTVSci/Health

Widespread Sewage Testing For COVID Still A Pipe Dream