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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.

Latest by Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Dark money mystery: Top Pa. lawmaker helped raise cash for nonprofit whose agenda is largely a secret

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman’s campaign is run by the same man who launched the dark money group, but he said there is no coordination between the two organizations.

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

Updated: July 15, 2020 | 6:27 pm

Gov. Tom Wolf imposes new restrictions on bars, restaurants, businesses as the coronavirus surges

The rollbacks are the first the administration has announced since it began reopening counties in May.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Updated: July 14, 2020 | 6:14 pm

Pa. Democratic state senator tests positive for the coronavirus

A spokesperson for Senate Democrats said Sen. Anthony Williams received the result Tuesday.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

‘Clear as mud’: How Pa.’s chaotic coronavirus waiver program hurt small businesses

As Pennsylvania reopens, the long-term consequences of inconsistency and a lack of enforcement are becoming evident in downtowns throughout the state.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA and Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Prospects dimming for behind-the-scenes push to expand video gaming in Pa.

A clash of deep-pocketed lobbying interests and concerns from some rank-and-file Republican lawmakers might stall the effort, though it will probably return in the fall.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Brad Bumsted/The Caucus

Top Pa. GOP lawmaker fast-tracking a lucrative gambling expansion that would benefit a major campaign donor

The maneuvering offers a window into the raw intersection between politics and policy-making in Pennsylvania, and how campaign dollars can drive the legislative agenda.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Gov. Wolf appeals for calm after protests turn violent in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg

“They are in a really difficult situation and they are trying … to balance the needs of keeping people safe and allowing people the freedom to protest."
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Updated: May 26, 2020 | 8:53 pm

Facing nearly $5 billion shortfall, Pa. lawmakers plan to pass short-term budget

The plan will allow officials to get a clearer picture of the strain placed on Pennsylvania’s finances by efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Updated: May 14, 2020 | 7:30 pm

Wolf warns requests for business waivers could reveal proprietary information as GOP presses court case

Also Thursday, the administration released a list of businesses denied exemptions from the coronavirus shutdown.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA