Ladies’ Horticultural Luncheon guest speaker is Pat Collins. Collins’ interest in journalism began at age 15 when he started writing for newspapers. By his 17th birthday, he had a regular column in the Washington Daily News. Collins continued writing at Notre Dame where he was one of the founders of the school’s newspaper. After college, he spent two years in the Army (one in Vietnam) before returning to the Washington Daily Newsas a police reporter. He also worked for The Washington Star. Collins’ TV broadcast career began in 1973 at Channel 9 (then called WTOP and WDVM) in Washington, D. C. He left Washington in 1980 for station WLS in Chicago only to return to Washington for a 3-year stint at WJLA.
Collins joined News4 Washington in 1986; and, has covered a multitude of big stories, including the career of Marion Barry; the disappearances of Junior Burdynski and Chandra Levy; the death of Len Bias; the aftermath of September 11th, 2001; and, the 2002 sniper shootings. He traveled to The Olympics Games in Sydney, Salt Lake, Barcelona, and three other cities to file reports for NBC television stations across the country. Collins’ unique style of reporting has earned him ten Emmy Awards, two Clarion awards, and a Chesapeake Associated Press Award for “Best Feature Reporter.” In 2006, he was inducted into the Silver Circle by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. A native of Washington, Collins learned the area’s neighborhoods by riding around with his father, a physician, as he made house calls. He currently lives in Northwest Washington with his wife. They have three children.