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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
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

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

Stained glass window
Zach Cusson / NewsySci/Health

Fauci: Church Choirs Still A Virus Risk Despite CDC Rescinding Warning

A city bus.
Patrick Terpstra / NewsyU.S.

Challenges Persist Aboard The City Bus

A cook in the kitchen of Founding Farmers restaurant
Zach Cusson / NewsySci/Health

When Is A Group Too Big To Dine Out Together? The CDC Won't Say

Medical providers are seen wearing protective gowns.

Newsy Investigation: Health Care Workers Need More Medical Gowns

A testing laboratory in Sterling, Virginia.
Zach Cusson / NewsyPolitics

Newsy Analysis: Virus Testing Rates Vary By State

A worker at the Aperiomics lab in Sterling, Va.
Zach Cusson / NewsySci/Health

Newsy Investigation: Frustrated Labs Explain Untapped Testing Capacity


Why Most Airlines Aren't Requiring Masks For Passengers... Yet

Port Hueneme Beach in Ventura County, California

Beach Access Becomes A Hot Issue

A Metrobus driver in Washington, D.C.
Zach Cusson / NewsySci/Health

Transit Workers Account For Dozens Of COVID-19 Deaths

Woman wears a scarf as a mask
Zach Cusson / NewsySci/Health

The Science Behind The Best Homemade Masks

A Miami area grocery store
Stephanie Liebergen / NewsySci/Health

Grocery Store Chains Still Need Masks For Workers

An employee cleans the cabin of a Southwest Airlines jet
Credit: Southwest AirlinesSci/Health

With No FAA Coronavirus Rules, Airlines Are Largely Winging It

Person puts gas in their car
Jeff Wick / NewsySci/Health

With Cars Parked, Gas Prices Tumble. But For How Long?

National Guard members move boxes of supplies
Maryland Air National Guard photo / Master Sgt. Christopher SchepersSci/Health

Experts Flagged Supply Shortages In National Stockpile For Years

Metro Supermarket in Washington, D.C.
Patrick Terpstra / NewsySci/Health

How To Pick Up Groceries Without Picking Up A Bunch Of Germs

Person wearing face mask
Megan Smith / NewsySci/Health

What 6 Experts Told Us It Would Take To Tame Coronavirus

A public service ad at Metro Center stop in Washington, D.C.
Patrick Terpstra / NewsySci/Health

Ridership Plummets On Nation's Transit Systems

People view cherry blossoms while wearing masks
Zach Cusson / NewsySci/Health

D.C.'s Famed Cherry Blossoms Draw Smaller Crowd Amid Pandemic

Jim Bakker selling silver solution
The Jim Bakker ShowSci/Health

Beware Of Phony Cures For Incurable Coronavirus