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Patrick McGee is a writer based in Texas. He freelanced for The New York Times, co-writing two front-page stories and contributing to The Times’ coverage of gun violence.

Patrick has more than 12 years of award-winning journalism experience. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador and a tank commander in the Army. Patrick served as a platoon leader with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, helping lead combat training missions that prepared Army units for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. After being promoted to First Lieutenant, he was put in charge of more than 100 soldiers and hundreds of tactical vehicles, including 15 Abrams Tanks. He was rated in the top 10 percent of his peers by the Battalion Commander and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He was promoted to Captain in the Army Reserves.

Patrick earned a journalism degree from Northeastern University where he was editor of the student newspaper. He has written for six different newspapers, including an internship at The Boston Globe and eight years on staff at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas. His work at the Star-Telegram included extensive coverage of immigration and higher education. Editors trusted him with assignments in Mexico, out of state and in the state legislature. He wrote hundreds of front-page stories, conducted hundreds of interviews in Spanish, used data analysis in his reporting and appeared live on MSNBC several times to discuss issues he was covering.

Patrick has done volunteer work with many organizations, including service with the Peace Corps in El Salvador from 1998 to 2000. Stationed in a farming community without electricity or running water, he built a bridge, helped build a water system and co-wrote a 300-page health manual in Spanish. He was a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters from 2002 to 2009 when he was named Big Brother of the Year. He served on a fundraising board of The Family Place, a domestic violence shelter in Dallas, and he helped the group raise more than double its fundraising goal in 2009. He currently is a volunteer tutor at the East Dallas Boys & Girls Club, and he was honored as one of the organization’s Top 100 Volunteers for 2014-2015. Patrick currently serves on the board and helped it break fundraising goals.