Patrick is a native Arizonan, born and raised in Payson, about an hour northeast of Phoenix. After graduating from Payson High School, Patrick attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he studied Electronic Media and Film.
At NAU, Patrick began working as a sports reporter/anchor for the student-run campus newscast. When the local NBC affiliate KNAZ-TV closed in 2008, Patrick joined former KNAZ anchor Jan Pitre, meteorologist Lee Born and others in creating NAZ Today, the areas only local television news.
Patrick started as the sports director and quickly became a news director/anchor and lead reporter.
As a reporter, Patrick covered a number of big stories, including visits from President Obama and governors Janet Napolitano and Jan Brewer, numerous forest fires, flash floods, record-setting snowstorms, and was the first on the scene after a number of tornados hit a community outside of Flagstaff.
Patrick spent his final semester as a broadcast intern at the Arizona State Capitol, embedded with the state legislature. He was a reporter for the capitols news magazine show, covered press conferences and daily meetings, and helped produce several television shows. Patrick interviewed several prominent lawmakers, and had an exclusive interview with governor Jan Brewer.
Prior to coming to KYMA, Patrick freelanced for KPNX-TV 12 News in Phoenix, covering a number of forest fires in northern Arizona.
Patrick is excited to call Yuma his new home, and is very to proud to join the KYMA News 11 team!
E-mail Patrick at: PWalker@KYMA.com