Where are they now?

Dan Patterson, BHSU Class of 2002, has carved out a niche as a tech expert in the highly competitive world of journalism. He has appeared on CBS News and received a Donald Robinson Award for investigative journalism. Courtesy photo

Dan Patterson, ’02, lives in New York City, where he is a reporter and producer. He appears on CBS News, CBSN, and CNET as an on-air correspondent. Patterson has carved out his niche in the highly competitive world of journalism as a technology expert. He has served as an analyst during national news events like election night, the State of the Union, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress, and the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal. 

Patterson said BHSU faculty inspired him to learn, evolve, and aspire toward a future where anything is possible and where he could make an impact.

That impact began at KBHU-FM, BHSU’s college radio station, where he and colleague William “Doc” Stodden, ’03, created one of the first-ever podcasts. Patterson was also one of the first users of the social media platform Twitter.

With a coast-to-coast career, Patterson’s list of employers includes Duhamel Broadcasting, Capitol Records, ABC News Radio, and Gawker Media. He has filed stories from conflict regions in Africa and the Middle East, covered the United Nations, and provided media training to human rights activists in Cairo.

Patterson credits BHSU professors Dr. Dave Diamond, Ahrar Ahmad, Tim Steckline, Steve Babbitt, and Al Sandau with pushing him to understand the world around him.

“I am who I am because I went to Black Hills State. If I’d gone to any other school I wouldn’t be in this position,” said Patterson. “I got the tools to survive at BHSU.”

Patterson received the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Journalism from The American Society of Journalists and Authors in 2015. In his winning article, “Angels of Death” published on Contently.org, Patterson dug into the manipulative and lucrative world of gun smuggling. 

“Through investigative journalism, I find issues that have a national or global impact and interview sources who can humanize those issues,” said Patterson. “Long-form journalism takes time and effort with eight weeks of reporting and two weeks of writing, but the end result is worth it.”

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