He’s been on the beat longer than any other TV reporter in the Twin Cities, covering state government, politics, campaigns and conventions since 1984.
Pat “pulls back the curtain” on what’s happening in government with stories both amusing and annoying, as well as reporting information you need to know to keep up on the issues that affect you most.
And Pat’s popular “Reality Check” segments separate fact from fiction in a political world that is often more fiction than fact.
Pat studied English and journalism at Macalester College in St. Paul.
He’s an avid reader, involved in many local volunteer programs and exhibits a particular fondness for baseball.
Before joining WCCO-TV, Pat was a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, and a technical assistant for “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.
The Minnesota legislator whose tweet about the NBA aroused cries of racism is apologizing Monday. Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from Farmington, has faced an avalanche of criticism for suggesting this weekend that pro basketball players had criminal tendencies.
he Minnesota Twins open their home season at Target Field in Minneapolis on April 7, and this summer they will host one of baseball’s premier events, the 2014 All Star Game. The mid-summer classic will bring national media attention and hundreds of thousands of visitors to Minneapolis. Downtown Minneapolis bars and restaurants already have their calendars marked.
The Minnesota House has given overwhelming approval to a $500 million package of tax cuts and repeals. Thursday’s 126-2 vote comes just more than a week into the legislative session. The bill heads to the Senate, where leaders haven’t publicly embraced the plan.
A controversial DVD delivered to Minnesota lawmakers is raising eyebrows at the Capitol. It’s a 27 minute video making the case against an anti-bullying bill from a group called the Minnesota Child Protection League.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration is laying out a list of ideas for pruning Minnesota’s statute of duplicative, outdated or problematic laws. The so-called “unsession” agenda is likely to touch most areas of state government. Three Dayton commissioners were planning to roll it out Tuesday.
Hundreds of students held a rally at the State Capitol Monday in favor of a bill to put more teeth in the state’s anti-bullying law. At just 37 words, Minnesota’s bullying law among the shortest and weakest in the country.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler warned that world-famous research at the U could slow down if the legislature does not approve funding to update its century-old laboratories.
It’s one of the issues that appear to be uniting Republicans and Democrats alike: The Northstar Commuter Rail delays.
When White House officials chose St. Paul’s Union Depot for President Barack Obama’s announcement of a $600 million competition for federal grants to fund infrastructure projects that create jobs, they picked a site that received nearly $125 million in federal funds for a major renovation.
A political coalition pushing for a minimum wage increase in Minnesota is rallying in the Capitol rotunda as the new legislative session gets underway. House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk are scheduled to speak at the Tuesday event sponsored by the Raise the Wage Coalition.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’ll be working from home for a couple more weeks as he recovers from a recent hip surgery.
On the day before the 2014 Minnesota Legislative session starts, the cold weather is still a hot topic. Like many Minnesotans, some lawmakers are wondering why the road conditions are still so difficult.
It’s one of the most extreme winter competitions, and it’s back in St. Paul this weekend. Red Bull’s Crashed Ice is now in full swing. Last year’s competition brought 100,000 people to downtown St. Paul. And it has local merchants seeing green, like St. Paul’s Eagle Street Grill.
The St. Paul Federation of Teachers and St. Paul Schools have reached a tentative labor agreement on their 2013-15 contract, officials announced Friday morning. After 24 hours of negations between the school district and the union, it appears a teachers’ strike will be avoided.
Minnesota taxpayers might have thought the Vikings stadium debate was behind them, but there may be another controversy brewing.