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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. Patrick can be reached at

Recent Work
Ticket company executives appear before Congress
Andrew Harnik / APDocumentaries and Investigations

Ticketmaster under fire on Capitol Hill for failing to stop bots

Taylor Swift photographed at the 2022 American Music Awards.
APDocumentaries and Investigations

Few scalpers pay a price for using illegal ticket bots

Sam Bankman-Fried under arrest

SBF Donated To Lawmakers Working On Crypto Policies, Newsy Finds

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.
 Science and Health

Pioneering Privacy Law Runs Into More Trouble In Maryland

Zach Cusson / NewsyScience and 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 / NewsyScience and 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 GeneralScience and Health

Newsy Investigates: The Slow Hunt For Stolen Unemployment Aid

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

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

An empty Center for COVID Control testing site
Patrick Terpstra / NewsyScience and 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
APScience and Health

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
APScience and Health

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

Patrick Terpstra / NewsyScience and 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
APScience and 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.

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