Patrick Terpstra

Patrick Terpstra

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
A man on a bicycle stops at a railroad crossing as a train passes.

Newsy Investigates: Increasing Incidents At Rail Crossings

bottles of abortion pills at a clinic

Newsy Investigates: Abortion Pill's Safety Record

A beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Erosion Is Turning Dream Homes Into Nightmares: Newsy Investigates

A woman looks over paperwork.

Newsy Investigates: Surge Of Rejected Ballots In Texas

Cash, debit cards and guns seized in an unemployment insurance fraud investigation.

Newsy Investigates: The Slow Hunt For Stolen Unemployment Aid

A shuttered Center for Covid Control site in Chicago.

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

An empty Center for COVID Control testing site

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

A person wearing a shirt that says "Make TikToks."

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

Newsy Investigates: Small Businesses Still Locked Out Of Aid Program

Jeff Stover at the Virginia Department of Health

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

Covid test price on empty shelf

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

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.

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

Newsy Investigates: Bureaucratic Blunders Block Small Business Relief

CBP officers stand

Bad Cops Off Radar As Federal Agencies Don't Report Fired Officers

Former Virginia State Police Trooper Charles Hewitt

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

Curtain Yet To Rise On Relief Program For Shuttered Stages

Beer at a brewery

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