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Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Aneri Pattani comes to Spotlight PA from The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she covered mental health, suicide and health disparities. Also, she helped launch a biweekly solutions-oriented series called Made in Philly aimed at engaging diverse communities. Previously, she uncovered New York City’s failure to protect children from lead poisoning as a reporter for WNYC, and exposed the abuses of Florida’s disability services system as a producer on the podcast Aftereffect. She has also been a James Reston reporting fellow at The New York Times, and reported from Liberia with columnist Nicholas Kristof. Pattani’s articles, on topics ranging from politics to crime to business, have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Texas Tribune, CNBC and The Hartford Courant. Originally from Connecticut, she graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2017.

Latest by Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

A decades-old law is shielding the Wolf administration from scrutiny of its coronavirus response

Officials are routinely citing the law to deny public records requests, but legal experts say the state can be more transparent — if it wants.

By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Inside some Pennsylvania rehabs, ‘it’s like COVID doesn’t exist’

When treatment facilities ignore coronavirus protocols, patients are forced to choose between recovery and safety.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Condemn, discuss, repeat: Students of color say Pa.’s state universities fail to address campus racism

At best, many students of color said they feel unwelcome and ill-supported. At worst, they feel unsafe and targeted.

By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Citing ‘overwhelming’ spread, Pa. moves to add staff, app to trace the coronavirus

There are currently 661 contact tracers across the state. The health department wants to add potentially thousands more.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA and Sara Simon/Spotlight PA

Politics, fear keep some COVID-positive people from disclosing contacts. What’s the solution?

Some counties are leaning on trusted community messengers to improve contact tracing success.

By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Thousands of deaths later, Pa. finally mandates universal testing in nursing homes, but not for another month

The Wolf administration in May touted widespread testing, but its plan fell short and, as of early June, only 75 of about 1,900 facilities had done it.

By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

From confusion to threats, some Pa. nursing home residents aren’t getting their coronavirus stimulus checks

The reasons vary from apparent misunderstandings to facilities wrongly holding onto the $1,200 or, in one extreme case, threatening to evict residents unless they turned over the funds.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Updated: 2020-05-22 09:29:00

Pa. health officials quietly alter erroneous nursing home case, death counts as providers cry foul

Provider associations said publishing erroneous data has sown panic and anger among family members, distrust among nursing home staff, and frustration for providers.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA