Spotlight PA

Spotlight PA is dedicated to producing non­partisan investigative journalism about Pennsylvania government and urgent statewide issues. It is an independent watchdog unafraid to dig deep, fight for the truth and take on the powerful to expose wrongdoing and spur meaningful reform.

Spotlight PA connects Pennsylvanians to their state, and to each other, through public service journalism that matters to their lives and is creatively told in the many modern, digital ways they consume their news.

After Receiving Police Report, Pa. Prosecutor Waited Months To Charge A Man Who Shot At Protesters

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Civil rights marchers on a journey from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C. are seen here in Youngstown, Ohio.
Amanda Mills / For Spotlight PA

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BEDFORD — The district attorney in Bedford County has brought dozens of charges against a man for firing a 12-gauge shotgun at civil rights marchers last August, striking one in the face and endangering 19 others.

In their order, the Pa. Supreme Court's justices, five Democrats and two Republicans, did not explain their pick.
CHRISTOPHER MILLETTE / PennLive

This article is part of a yearlong reporting project focused on redistricting and gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. It is made possible by the support of Spotlight PA members and Votebeat, a project focused on election integrity and voting access.

Fundamental Flaws: Addiction Treatment Providers In Pa. Face Little Scrutiny Despite Harm To Clients

Apr 29, 2021
Ian Kalinowski's brother, Adam, died by suicide in 2014 while he was a client at a treatment center run by Addiction Specialists Inc., in Fayette County. An Allegheny County judge later said the business, two of its owners, and an ASI physician were negli
Kristina Serafini / TribLIVE for Spotlight PA

This investigation is a joint project of KHN, a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues, and Spotlight PA, an independent, collaborative newsroom dedicated to producing investigative journalism for all of Pennsylvania.

When Ian Kalinowski was at work, his mom usually texted him. So when he saw her number show up as an incoming call around lunchtime one Tuesday, he figured it had to be important.

How Pa. Troopers Use Sweating, Stuttering During Traffic Stops To Launch Vehicle Searches

Apr 29, 2021
Pennsylvania State Police troopers have justified vehicle searches by saying a driver was nervous, sweating, or eating.
JOSE F. MORENO / Philadelphia Inquirer

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Syringes containing vaccine stand at the ready for members of the public to get the vaccine administered to them in the Sullivan County Elementary School in Laporte Bourgh Sullivan County Pennsylvania
Fred Adams / Spotlight PA

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HARRISBURG — A state lawmaker wants to compel the Wolf administration to make public details on wasted COVID-19 vaccine doses, information it refused to release to Spotlight PA.

New Partnership To Provide WPSU Listeners With More Investigative Journalism About State Government

Apr 12, 2021

For the past decade, there’s been nothing short of a crisis in our state capital.

More and more of Pennsylvania’s sprawling and costly bureaucracy operated without scrutiny from investigative reporters, the watchdogs tracking how our hard-earned tax dollars are spent and demanding answers from lawmakers about waste, fraud and abuse.

Together, we can restore accountability.

State College Contractor Hawbaker Accused Of Fleecing Employees To Pump Up Profits

Apr 9, 2021
Attorney General Josh Shapiro
Monica Herndon / Philadelphia Inquirer

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HARRISBURG — A major Pennsylvania government contractor has been accused of siphoning millions of dollars in retirement and health benefits from its employees, state authorities said Thursday.