Patrick has been part of the WTAJ NEWS team since November 1999. His career began at WOAY-TV, the ABC affiliate in southern West Virginia. After just a few months there, Patrick joined WVVA-TV, the NBC affiliate for that area, as the station's Raleigh County Newsroom reporter.
He spent his first few years at WTAJ-TV as a reporter before being promoted to anchor. While he's covered numerous events important to folks who live in Central Pennsylvania he reluctantly recalls covering the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville on September 11th his proudest moment. "I was one of the first reporters on the scene and on the air that morning. We, as a team, had outstanding and practically non-stop coverage for two days straight," Patrick says. "Yet, that day and that event were so tragic, so profound and so life-shattering that I hope I never cover a story like that again."
Patrick was born in Pittsburgh, but grew up in Kettering, Ohio. He graduated Cum Laude from Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism in 1998 and credits OU's professors and advisers at the radio and television stations with giving him a solid foundation to begin his career. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys skiing in the winter, golfing in the summer and working on house projects year-round. You may occasionally catch him daydreaming of lounging beneath a Caribbean island palm tree while listening to a Jimmy Buffett tune.
Patrick says he's glad to call this area home, where he can be near his relatives and root for his beloved Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins. He and his wife, Andrea, welcomed their first child, Aidan, on September 13, 2007. They live in Duncansville with their dog, Bella. Patrick also says he's been fortunate to get involved with the community by coaching youth soccer and, through WTAJ, volunteering with groups like the Children's Miracle Network, American Cancer Society and Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania.
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Get to Know PatrickWhat are your favorite TV shows?
Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Phineas and Ferb, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
What are your favorite movies?
Back to the Future, Star Wars (Original Trilogy), Indiana Jones, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Toy Story 3
What websites do you visit the most?
WeAreCentralPA.com, post-gazette.com, penguins.nhl.com, tv.disney.go.com/playhouse
What is your favorite restaurant?
If you could interview anyone in history, who would it be?
What is one thing on your bucket list?
What is one thing about you most people would be surprised by?
I had my ear pierced and my hair in a ponytail (for a short time) in college.
What are your favorite sports teams?
Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Ohio U. (NOT Ohio State), Penn State
What is your favorite hobby?
Playing video games
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
With my family, doesn't matter where, as long as we have a good home and a happy life.
What was your most memorable interview/weather event/sporting event?
Talking to witnesses in Shanksville just moments after Flight 93 crashed on 9/11
What was your first job?
Newspaper delivery boy