Anne Danahy


Anne Danahy is a reporter at WPSU. She was a reporter for nearly 12 years at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, where she earned a number of awards for her coverage of issues including the impact of natural gas development on communities. 

She earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and a master's degree in media studies from Penn State.

Before joining WPSU, she worked as a writer and editor at Strategic Communications at Penn State and with the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute before that.

She hosts a Q&A program for Centre County's government and education access station and teaches a news writing and reporting class at Penn State.  

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Judy Herschel
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Two candidates are running in the Democratic primary in the 12th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Judy Herschel. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Herschel about why she’s running and what she sees as priorities for the next Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. 

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Two candidates are running in the Democratic primary in the 12th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Marc Friedenberg. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Friedenberg about why he’s running and what he sees as priorities for the next Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. The deadline for registering to vote in the 2018 primary is April 16.

Wade Jodun
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Two candidates are on the Democratic primary ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives' 15th Congressional district. One of them is Wade Jodun. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talks with Jodun about why he’s running to represent Pennsylvania and what changes he wants to see in Washington.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. The deadline for registering to vote in the primary is April 16.

Susan Boser
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Two candidates are on the Democratic primary ballot for U.S. House 15th Congressional district. One of them is Susan Boser. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talks with Boser about why she’s running and what she thinks needs to be done to help rural economies.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. The deadline for registering to vote in the primary is April 16.

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Art Halvorson is one of eight Republicans running for U.S. House in the 13th Congressional district primary.

He said President Trump’s move to impose tariffs on some Chinese goods is “overdue.”

He said Trump is sending a signal to China — making it clear the United States is going to defend itself.

“We’ve been feckless and we’ve been weak," Halvorson said. "And when you send a signal that you’re weak, you create war and instability, international disruption. America has to be strong for the rest of the world to be strong.”

Grad student rally
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After years of organizing, Penn State graduate student employees have begun casting their ballots on whether or not to unionize. 

As voting began Tuesday, graduate employees and supporters rallied outside Old Main, the university administration building.

“I think there’s a lot of energy here and it’s really inspiring,” said Nick Dietrich, a doctoral student in political science.

He thinks grad students contribute a lot to the university and deserve a say in working conditions.

In a nearby building, grad students were casting their ballots.

Seated crowd
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A 2nd Amendment rally drew several hundred people to the Grice Gun Shop in Clearfield Saturday. 

“Good morning 2nd Amendment supporters.”

That was Tom Grice greeting the crowd. Grice has been holding the 2nd Amendment rally for at least five or six years. He said this year was the largest turnout yet.

“I think people understand now that it’s really under attack, more than ever, and they want to know what to do, they want to come get information, they want to learn,” Grice said.

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Political cartoonist Steve Brodner and Chris Beem, managing director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State talk with WPSU about the role of political caricatures in a changing time for media.

Man reviewing water data chart
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Eric Andreus is Nestle Waters' natural resource manager for the mid-Atlantic.

On Monday, he was in the company’s new Bellefonte office in case anyone dropped by with questions.

“I certainly encourage people to come by if they have any questions about this project. Let’s sit down and talk about the project," Andreus said. "I would like to have an opportunity to speak with people and get the factual information out so they can make an informed decision.”

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The Bellefonte school board voted 8-1 Tuesday for a resolution supporting the potential Nestle water bottling facility the company is looking into building in Spring or Benner township, Centre County.

Tax revenue, positive economic impacts and educational opportunities were listed as reasons in the resolution the school board approved. Board President Rod Musser is one of those who supports it.

“We have to realize that they will bring a lot of revenue to the entire district, including the state,” Musser said after the meeting.

Grad student rally
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Penn State graduate assistants are scheduled to vote on unionizing in April.

But not if grad student Michael Cronin can help it.

Cronin filed a motion to intervene with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. He got help from the conservative-leaning organization, The Fairness Center. Communications director Conner Drigotas said Cronin felt it was important to make his voice heard.

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The Penn State chapter of the American Association of University Professors is holding a panel discussion on academic freedom at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Carnegie Building Auditorium on the University Park Campus. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talks about what academic freedom means with Michelle Rodino – Colocino, interim president of the American Association of University Professors at Penn State; Michael Bérubé, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature; and Cynthia Young, head of the department of African American Studies.

In Pennsylvania, candidates running in the primaries for U.S. House and Senate had to file their nomination petitions by the end of the day Tuesday. That deadline had been extended because of the legislative redistricting that took place.

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“Why should we sell to you when you commodify a human right?”

That was just one of dozens of questions representatives from Nestle Waters fielded during an information session Monday night on the water bottling facility the company is looking into building in Spring or Benner township in Centre County.

Others focused on the environment, jobs and the company’s track record.

Nestle points to the positive economic impact the $50 million facility would have on the area. That includes 50 well-paying jobs at the bottling plant, along with tax revenues.

Grad student rally
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A group of graduate students at Penn State was hard at work.

They weren't getting ready for an exam or preparing a paper for a conference. Instead, they were making signs and strategizing. Their goal is to unionize graduate assistants who work for Penn State.

Garret Ducharme is working toward a PhD in physics. He wants to see a union.

“I’ve noticed a lot of problems in my department, things like unequal pay, unequal teaching responsibilities, unequal work responsibilities among graduate students,” Ducharme said.

I-99 and I-80 interchange
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U.S. Representative Glenn G.T. Thompson says when he drives past the exit where Interstates 80 and 99 meet outside of Bellefonte, traffic can be backed up onto I-80.

A new interchange, Thompson said, will complete the I-99 corridor.

“In the end, if we get this thing done, we’re going to help increase safety," Thompson said. "I think we will attract new businesses to the region through the corridor and we’re going to promote tourism.”

Cease and desist

A State College organization that offers daytime shelter for the homeless has received a notice to stop fundraising.

Hearts for Homeless is tucked in the lower level of a building near the corner of Fraser Street and College Avenue. Inside, homeless people have a place to go during the day and find help getting connected to services.

The new Pennsylvania congressional map.
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a new map for the state’s Congressional districts. That means new boundaries for U.S. House districts, including those in central and northern Pennsylvania. WPSU’s Anne Danahy reports that some candidates who were running in the primary are moving ahead, while others say they haven’t decided.

For starters, forget the old numbers for Congressional districts in Pennsylvania. The new map from the state Supreme Court completely shifts those districts around.  

Grad student rally
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"What do we want? Unions! When do we want it? Now."

That chant was part of the demonstration Penn State graduate student employees who want to unionize held Wednesday in front of Old Main, the university administration building. 

Among those clapping and cheering at a pro-union rally were faculty, employees and politicians.

Derek Fox, an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics, said graduate students have voted to unionize at other institutions and the sky hasn’t fallen.

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PennDOT is updating its statewide bicycle and pedestrian master plan. That includes a 22-question survey that will help regional and state planners.

Roy Gothie is PennDOT’s statewide bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. He said part of PennDOT’s job is to support riding and walking as transportation.

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Penn State is launching its first “self-phishing” campaign today as part of its cybersecurity efforts. University faculty and staff across the state should expect to get emails testing their ability to avoid being scammed.

Holly Swires, chief privacy officer at Penn State, said the university wants to educate faculty and staff about malicious cyber-tactics.

John Griffiths and A.J. Dereume, co-handlers of Punxsutawney Phil, stand with the famous groundhog
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John Griffiths is chopping up vegetables for Phil’s lunch. The groundhog dines in style. 

“I’m cutting up sweet potatoes,” he explains.

Every year thousands of people travel to Punxsutawney to witness Punxsutawney Phil’s weather forecast. If he sees his shadow it means six more weeks of winter. If not, we get an early spring. 

Griffiths is a handler in what’s known as Punxsutawney Phil’s Inner Circle. His duties include everything from preparing lunch for the famous groundhog to handling him on Groundhog Day.

medical marijuana clinic
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Bradford is a historic town on the northern Pennsylvania border. An empty storefront will soon be one of the state’s medical marijuana clinics.

“It’s right in the heart of our downtown on Main Street,” said Tom Riel, mayor of Bradford. He was standing in front of the future clinic, surrounded by shops and apartments in an old-fashioned downtown.  To Riel, the clinic will be the same as a new pharmacy opening up.

Cresco Yeltrah

Diana Briggs gives her son, Ryan, a very small dose of medical marijuana every night — carefully putting a coconut oil in his feeding tube.

“All right Ryan, it’s time for your special medicine.”

Ryan suffered from a lack of oxygen at birth that injured his brain. It left him with many challenges, including seizures — some days in the hundreds.

“My son had never slept. I can look back at Facebook posts from years ago where I was praying and begging people to pray that Ryan would sleep. He was seizing 72 hours straight with no break,” Diana Briggs said.

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Hundreds of people turned out for the Central Pennsylvania Women’s March in State College Saturday. The event was one of many held across the country.  

Among those rallying was Libby Gage, there with her 16-year-old daughter.

Gage's message: “That we’ve had enough, and that we really really need a big wave in 2018.”

Protestors waved signs, chanted and cheered. They made their way from the gates of Penn State to the State College borough building. There, speakers advocated for women’s rights, racial equality, believing victims of abuse and protecting children. 

Medical marijuana
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Medical marijuana has been legalized in Pennsylvania. With the changes come new rules and regulations. 

Pennsylvania Safe Access held an information session in the State College Borough Building Thursday evening. Organization founder Christy Billett was there to answer questions.

“Really, it’s just about talking about it. Letting people realize the face to the patient, and that maybe cannabis is better than some of the pharmaceuticals that they’re taking,” Billett said.

Candidates debate
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The four candidates competing for the Republican nomination to be Pennsylvania’s governor answered questions Thursday during a forum hosted by the Blair County Republican Committee.

Republican governor hopefuls had a chance to weigh in on issues including the state budget, education standards and responding to the opioid epidemic.

State Senator Scott Wagner, from York County, said he ran a write-in campaign for his seat because he was fed up with government. He called the Senate “completely dysfunctional.”

Kayleigh Powell pins her resolution to the Burning Man as part of First Night State College.
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Ice sculptures, bell ringing and new year’s resolutions were part of First Night State College when families and visitors rang in the new year Sunday.

“We’re here to try the ice slide for the first time," said Megan Orient, who was there with her 3-year-old son, Michael. They were among those braving the chilly temperatures to enjoy the features of First Night State College. There was a windchill advisory for central and northern Pennsylvania Sunday night.

Net Neutrality 'Wake Up Call'
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Imagine you’re a student taking a class online and you’re going to watch an educational video.

Now picture yourself inching along on the internet highway in the slow lane.

“If you’re not in the fast lane, that experience is going to be choppy video, low-quality video, and that’s going to be really distracting for you,” said Chris Millet, director of learning design at Penn State World Campus.

The Federal Communications Commission voted last week to repeal  net neutrality rules. Millet is worried what the FCC’s recent decision to end net neutrality could mean.

Protect Our Water sign
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This story was updated at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21, 2017.  

The possibility that a student housing development slated for Whitehall Road could get moved to West College Avenue is off the table.

Penn State says the West College land is “strategically important to the long-range health and growth of the university.”

In a statement, the university said: