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Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

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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Pennsylvania primary 2022: Candidates for governor raised $12.8 million in April alone

As Pa. primary 2022 quickly approaches, the top candidates for governor are bringing in six and even seven-figure donations.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania Election Day 2022: See how much money Democrat Josh Shapiro has raised in the race for governor

As primary Election Day 2022 approaches in Pennsylvania, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro has raised nearly $18 million in campaign contributions.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania state senator introduced gambling bill written by casino lobbyists, emails show

Draft bills and late-night emails reveal cozy ties between Pennsylvania state lawmaker and casino lobbyists

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania election 2022: A guide to the lieutenant governor primary race

Pennsylvania’s race for lieutenant governor, which is separate from that for the top executive position, has more candidates than the gubernatorial field. Here’s a guide.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

It could soon be easier to see how Pennsylvania lawmakers spend taxpayer money on perks

A long-awaited transparency bill that would make legislative expenses accessible online for easy public viewing unanimously cleared a key Pennslyvania House of Representatives panel Tuesday.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania Supreme Court weighs future of state’s popular mail voting law

The fate of Pennsylvania’s popular vote-by-mail law now lies in the hands of the state’s highest court,

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget address will seek to cement his legacy

The speech will provide the roadmap for weeks of budget hearings and negotiations between the term-limited governor and the Republican-controlled legislature.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

A court just struck down Pennsylvania’s mail voting law. Here’s what you need to know.

Pennsylvania’s mail voting law, known as Act 77, was ruled unconstitutional Friday by a state court after a challenge brought by Republicans, but it will remain in place for the time being as the Wolf administration pursues an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA
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