Patrick Healy is a general assignment reporter for NBC4 Southern California. Since coming on board in 1984, Healy’s been an iconic figure on the NBC4 weekly newscasts. His most recent news stories can be viewed here.
Known for his journalistic consistency and integrity, Healy is a dominant force in breaking news and reporting issues of consequence. He has covered a number of high- profile court cases, including the criminal trials of Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson, OJ Simpson and the police officers accused of excessive force in the landmark Rodney King case. He was the lead reporter on the Bryan Stow beating case and trial of his attackers, as well as the student molestation case involving former Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt.
Healy was the first reporter in the country to break the news about secret tapes made by Charles Manson follower Charles “Tex” Watson. The story became national news and caught the attention of the Los Angeles Police Department, which is fighting to gain access to the tapes. Healy is also particularly proud of the “Life Connected” story he did showing veterans with post traumatic stress disorder assembling sensors designed to help reduce traumatic brain injuries among soldiers currently serving in combat areas.
Healy has won a number of honors for his exceptional reporting. He was part of an NBC4 team that won the 2012 Golden Mike for best spot news reporting of the situation surrounding Los Angeles Unified Police Officer Jeffery Stenrous. He has been honored twice by the Los Angeles Press Club for outstanding hard news reporting, won an additional Golden Mike for best spot news coverage and a local Emmy for the arrest of the infamous “Night Stalker” suspect. He also received an Associated Press (AP) Award for best news writing and two AP Certificates for best miniseries and best spot news.
Healy graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, which he credits for helping him grasp the scientific and mathematical elements of stories he’s encountered over the years. It was at UCLA that he developed a passion for reporting, holding a series of positions at the Daily Bruin Newspaper, working at KLAC Radio and interning for the Los Angeles Times. He began his career in broadcasting at KTTV as a writer/producer.
An avid mountain biker and distance runner, Healy likes to train for what he says are the rigors of working the late shift. In his spare time, Healy regularly emcees at local charitable and community events. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.