Patrick Terpstra - Newsy

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

Newsy Investigates: Erosion Is Turning Dream Homes Into Nightmares

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

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

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

Carolina Sanchez at a demonstration for workplace safety in Colorado.

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.

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

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

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