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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
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

Dr. Jane Orient
Courtesy: Association of American Physicians and SurgeonsSci/Health

Dr. Orient's Fringe Views On Virus In Spotlight At Senate Hearing

A bed at a Detroit temporary hospital assembled as seen in April, 2020.
APSci/Health

Makeshift Care Centers Sit Empty As Virus Strains Hospitals

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