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
National Guard troops in Washington
Patrick Terpstra / NewsyScripps News Investigates

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 / APScripps News Investigates

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 / NewsyScripps News Investigates

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

A city bus.
Patrick Terpstra / NewsyScripps News Investigates

Challenges Persist Aboard The City Bus

A cook in the kitchen of Founding Farmers restaurant
Zach Cusson / NewsyScripps News Investigates

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

Medical providers are seen wearing protective gowns.
APScripps News Investigates

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 / NewsyScience and Health

Newsy Investigation: Frustrated Labs Explain Untapped Testing Capacity

 Science and Health

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

Port Hueneme Beach in Ventura County, California
APScience and Health

Beach Access Becomes A Hot Issue

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

Transit Workers Account For Dozens Of COVID-19 Deaths

Woman wears a scarf as a mask
Zach Cusson / NewsyScience and Health

The Science Behind The Best Homemade Masks

A Miami area grocery store
Stephanie Liebergen / NewsyScripps News Investigates

Grocery Store Chains Still Need Masks For Workers

An employee cleans the cabin of a Southwest Airlines jet
Credit: Southwest AirlinesScience and Health

With No FAA Coronavirus Rules, Airlines Are Largely Winging It

Person puts gas in their car
Jeff Wick / NewsyScripps News Investigates

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 SchepersScience and Health

Experts Flagged Supply Shortages In National Stockpile For Years

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

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

Person wearing face mask
Megan Smith / NewsyScience and 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 / NewsyScience and Health

Ridership Plummets On Nation's Transit Systems

People view cherry blossoms while wearing masks
Zach Cusson / NewsyScience and Health

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

Jim Bakker selling silver solution
The Jim Bakker ShowScience and Health

Beware Of Phony Cures For Incurable Coronavirus

Gabriela Lopez Rosario, 11-year-old student
Newsy / Nicholas McMillanScripps News Investigates

Dismissed: Stuck Money And Puerto Rico Schools

A passenger at Reagan National Airport near Washington.
Nathaniel Reed / Newsy 

Airlines Warn Of 'Staggering' Coronavirus Impact

Person wearing mask in airport
Megan Smith / Newsy 

Travel Industry Bracing For Coronavirus' Impact

Chief Justice John Roberts
Getty Images 

Trump Impeachment Trial Ends With Not Guilty Verdict

Sen. Joni Ernst speaks to reporters
Getty Images 

Dems Close Impeachment Trial With Warning To Senators

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer
Getty ImagesPolitics

Senate Votes Against New Witnesses In Impeachment Trial

Attorney Jay Sekulow
Getty ImagesPolitics

Impeachment Trial Entering Final Phase After Day 2 Of Questions