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Angela Couloumbis has covered government, politics, courts and crime for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1996. She has reported on forest fires in the Rocky Mountains, riots in Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati, the mob’s effort to infiltrate city hall in New Jersey’s poorest city and the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

For the past 13 years, she has focused on government and politics in the Pennsylvania State Capitol, shedding light on backroom dealing and corruption. She was part of a two-member reporting team that, in 2014, exposed a secret effort by the state Attorney General’s office to shut down an investigation into lawmakers who accepted envelopes stuffed with cash from an undercover government informant. The reporting led to a series of resignations and criminal convictions over several years. She has spent the past 18 months focused on investigative reporting on the #metoo movement in Pennsylvania. Her coverage has included projects on secret, taxpayer-funded sexual harassment settlements in the Legislature and state government.

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Pa. Republicans are bringing their election bill back after Gov. Tom Wolf said he’s open to voter ID changes

Wolf had said changes to the state’s voter ID rules were a nonstarter. But he shifted that position this week after vetoing the Republican-passed bill.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Jonathan Lai/Philadelphia Inquirer

Wolf admin sat on 2017 probe of unemployment error but denies ‘cover-up’

The state’s top labor official said there was never an attempt to deliberately conceal an error that resulted in thousands of people being overcharged millions of dollars in interest.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Updated: July 14, 2021 | 10:05 am

‘Human error,’ lack of oversight led to multimillion-dollar unemployment mistake, Wolf admin discloses

An internal investigation was completed in mid-2017, but a summary of the probe was not released until recently.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Ethics panel closes investigation into former Pa. Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm

Storm agreed to two technical violations, closing out an inquiry she believes was instigated by political enemies as payback for her outspoken advocacy in high-profile cases.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

How one Pennsylvania lawmaker billed taxpayers $1.8 million in expenses

Mileage, meals, lodging, travel, and a special perk called per diems are part of the hidden costs charged to taxpayers to support Pennsylvania’s legislature.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus, Sam Janesch/The Caucus and Michael Wereschagin/The Caucus

Bill would force Pa. to post online how lawmakers spend millions in tax dollars each year

The bipartisan measure comes in response to an ongoing investigation by Spotlight PA and The Caucus into how taxpayers shell out millions each year for perks but are largely unaware of that spending.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus, Sam Janesch/The Caucus and Michael Wereschagin/The Caucus

State lawmakers report receiving fewer gifts during pandemic as push for ban continues

The few gifts of note came largely before the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Pennsylvania in early March.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Taxpayers foot huge bill to run Pa.’s full-time legislature, but are blocked from many details

A web of expense accounts, few reporting requirements, and questionable claims of “legislative privilege” help keep lawmaker spending obscured — and the public in the dark.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Michael Wereschagin/The Caucus, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus
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