Alanna Elder, Report for America Reporter

Alanna Elder
Alanna Elder is a Report for America corps member focusing on Latinos in central Pennsylvania and the 2020 elections, how the growing community will make its influence felt, what barriers to voting exist and how it might affect this battleground state. Previously, she was deputy editor and podcast producer for the Latin America News Dispatch while pursuing a master’s degree in journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. She has also worked for NPR member stations in Petersburg, Alaska and Laramie, Wyoming.

Latest by Alanna Elder


US Army to return remains of 10 Native American children to families

Aleut family members will return the remains of one child to Saint Paul Island in Alaska, and Rosebud Sioux descendants will take nine children back to a tribal veteran’s cemetery in South Dakota or to private family plots.

By Alanna Elder

All politics is national — Pa. voters driven to engage with local races amid larger polarization

Voters say political lines drawn during the COVID-19 pandemic, protests for racial justice and presidential campaigns have seeped into contests for school board, judicial positions and other seats.

By Alanna Elder, Laura Benshoff/WHYY and Katie Meyer/WHYY

Chambersburg committee considering new anti-discrimination ordinance, local human relations commission

The group plans to make its recommendation in late July or early August, after hearing from outside experts and community members. 
By Alanna Elder

Meet the candidates in a crowded Lebanon City judicial race

Five candidates are vying for a seat in the northeast section of the city of Lebanon: James Capello, Aurelis Figueroa, Erik Itzen, Anthony Magaro and Sean Maguire.

By Alanna Elder

Candidates for Harrisburg’s mayor share competing plans for economy, policing

Four of the past five Harrisburg mayors have been Democrats, and members of that party have just two weeks to choose between five candidates for mayor. One candidate is running unopposed on the Republican side.

By Alanna Elder


Toward Racial Justice panelists revisit topic of allyship

Just after the 2020 election, four panelists talked with TRJ host Charles Ellison about how White people can help demolish systemic racism and White supremacy. During an early-April installment of the TRJ series, Ellison returned to the topic and asked guests how to create coalitions across racial and ethnic groups.

By Alanna Elder

Meet the four candidates competing in the special election for senate district 48

In less than two months, voters in Lebanon and parts of Dauphin and York counties will choose a replacement for late state Sen. Dave Arnold, who won the seat in a special election held last year.

By Alanna Elder

Child advocates train community members on recognizing and reporting abuse

Child abuse reports dropped across Pennsylvania last year, raising concerns from child welfare professionals that the COVID-19 pandemic isolated children from the school employees, healthcare providers, and other community members who are legally required to report suspected abuse. Lebanon County, where two high-profile child abuse investigations came to light in the last year, has seen a different trend since the beginning of the school year.

By Alanna Elder

Commonwealth Court schedules trial for education funding lawsuit

Plaintiffs and their lawyers are is publicizing the tentative start date of September 9 to draw attention to their cause.
By Alanna Elder
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