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. Follow him on Facebook here.
Known for his journalistic consistency and integrity, Healy is a dominant force in breaking news and reporting issues of consequence. He is experienced at covering the legal system, and has reported gavel-to-gavel a number of high-profile court cases, dating back to the controversial trial that acquitted four police officers 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, the trial of Conrad Murray, MD, 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 and the efforts of the Los Angeles Police Department to obtain them. The story became national news. Healy is also particularly proud of his “Life Connected” segment that profiled veterans with post traumatic stress disorder assembling sensors intended 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. Most recently he was honored with a John Swett Award for his "Teacher Jail" investigation that exposed shortcomings in the school district process for handling allegations of teacher misconduct.
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 regularly emcees at local charitable and community events. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two daughters.