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Patrick Terpstra

National Investigative Reporter

Patrick Terpstra is a national investigative reporter devoted to accuracy, clarity and fairness. His reporting relies on data, records and brave people willing to share their experiences. He aims to expose problems and difficulties with governments, corporations, and other mighty entities, while searching just as hard for solutions. His work at Scripps has exposed how a couple without medical experience led a massive troubled covid testing operation. He revealed how the state of Maryland secretly refused to implement key parts of a new online privacy law. He also uncovered how cellphone emergency alerts fail to warn people in the way of deadly wildfires. Prior to joining Scripps, Patrick covered Washington for the Cox Media Group. His reporting on former Congressman Paul Broun’s office spending led to the indictment and federal conviction of his chief of staff.

Recent Work
Ballot box observers in Arizona.

Election Skeptics Fall Far Short Of Goal To Observe 'Every Ballot Box'

Voting in Delhi Township, Mich., during a primary election in August.

Why 2020 Election Skeptics Want To Be Poll Workers And Watchers

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Undocumented Immigration Isn't Just A Red State Problem

A person types on a keyboard.

Pioneering Privacy Law Runs Into More Trouble In Maryland

Zach Cusson / NewsySci/Health

Hospital ERs Struggle To Treat Surge Of Mental Health Patients

An ancestry DNA website.

Maryland Quietly Shelves Parts Of Genealogy Privacy Law

A spam text message

Lots Of Spam Texts, Little Action To Stop Them

A medical setting

Newsy Investigates: Vague Health Exceptions In Abortion Bans

A man on a bicycle stops at a railroad crossing as a train passes.
Lauren Knapp / NewsyBusiness

Newsy Investigates: Increasing Incidents At Rail Crossings

bottles of abortion pills at a clinic
Charlie Neibergall / APPolitics

Newsy Investigates: Abortion Pill's Safety Record

A beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Patrick Terpstra / NewsySci/Health

Erosion Is Turning Dream Homes Into Nightmares: Newsy Investigates

A woman looks over paperwork.
Patrick Terpstra / NewsyPolitics

Newsy Investigates: Surge Of Rejected Ballots In Texas

Cash, debit cards and guns seized in an unemployment insurance fraud investigation.
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector GeneralSci/Health

Newsy Investigates: The Slow Hunt For Stolen Unemployment Aid

A shuttered Center for Covid Control site in Chicago.
Patrick Terpstra / NewsySci/Health

Newsy Investigates: Government Money For Troubled COVID-19 Testing Lab

An empty Center for COVID Control testing site
Patrick Terpstra / NewsySci/Health

Newsy Investigates: Tax Dollars Kept Flowing To Troubled COVID-19 Lab

A person wearing a shirt that says "Make TikToks."
Ng Han Guan / APTech

Newsy Investigates: TikTok's Misinformation Challenge

A COVID-19 testing site

Newsy Investigates: Delays And Fraud Fears At COVID-19 Test Sites

A candlelight vigil in Mayfield, Ky.

Newsy Investigates: OSHA Violations At Candle Factory Hit By Tornado

Emily Reid at Spagnvola Chocolatier
Patrick Terpstra / NewsyBusiness

Newsy Investigates: Small Businesses Still Locked Out Of Aid Program

Jeff Stover at the Virginia Department of Health
Nicholas McMillan / NewsyTech

Newsy Investigates: Why So Few COVID-19 Smartphone Alerts?

A COVID-10 antigen test

Newsy Investigates: COVID-19 Rapid Tests Struggle To Win FDA Approval

Patrick Terpstra / NewsySci/Health

Newsy Investigates: What Led To The Shortage Of At-Home COVID Tests

Air passenger in front of plane

Newsy Investigates: Unruly Air Passengers Avoiding Sky-High Fines

A sign in support of Dr. Michelle Fiscus

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.

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

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

Jan. 6 Corporate Freeze On Campaign Donations Begins To Thaw

A worker at a shop in California

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

Newsy Investigates: Coins Depicting Police Misconduct For Sale