Patrick Hedlund is a News Editor and reporter at DNAinfo, helping to oversee daily newsroom operations and writing about downtown Manhattan.
He has spent his entire career working in newspapers and magazines in New York City, first as a sports reporter in the Bronx and eventually as the editor of weekly paper in Manhattan.
During his time as a reporter and editor, he spearheaded the launch of Brooklyn borough coverage for a community paper in Queens, broke stories on issues ranging from politics to development, and amassed numerous awards for his work.
Patrick grew up in both Minneapolis and Phoenix, but moved to New York in 2000 to attend college. He did a brief stint in Boston, where restaurant jobs proved much more abundant than positions in print media, before heading to New York City to take a job at the Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly The Riverdale Press.
His career path next took him to Brooklyn and Queens, and finally Manhattan, where he became editor of the award-winning newspaper Chelsea Now before coming to DNAinfo.
Patrick currently lives in the East Village after forsaking his former homeland of Brooklyn courtesy of the Great Recession.
Fun Fact:Patrick got a contact high while covering the Chelsea Hotel and its carnival of characters during a particularly difficult time for the legendary lodge, but he never attempted to do anything creative nor kill himself with booze while there.