Brett Sholtis, Reporter / Transforming Health

Brett Sholtis is WITF’s Transforming Health reporter, covering health policy and community health issues that affect Pennsylvanians. Brett strives to share personal stories that have a tie to broad issues and emerging trends. He seeks to give voice to diverse viewpoints, including those of people living with mental illness, disability and those living in poverty. He plays a key role in WITF’s mental health series, Through the Cracks, which reports on problem areas in mental health services and efforts to reduce stigma around those living with behavioral disorders. Previously, Brett was a business reporter at the York Daily Record, where his work included award-winning examinations of the nuclear power industry and food safety. He is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis


Pa. National Guard service members in COVID-19 hotspots are set to lose federal funding

“My soldiers need to be paid, and they need to have health insurance so that their families can be taken care of,” said Pennsylvania Army National Guard Lt. Col. Albert Fogle.

By Brett Sholtis

‘We are not afraid:’ State GOP lawmakers flout rules as COVID-19 surges in Pa.

Many Republican House members still ignore public health measures, putting others at risk
By Brett Sholtis

Rural Republican-leaning counties lead the surge in Pennsylvania COVID-19 cases

Health experts say it has to do with perceptions of the virus among Republicans, where fewer people are wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
By Brett Sholtis

As Biden supporters celebrate in Harrisburg, Trump supporters rally against election results

Some Republicans repeated the president’s false claims of election fraud.
By Brett Sholtis

People with firearms at polls risk facing criminal charges

Carrying a gun may be legal, but voter intimidation is not.
By Brett Sholtis

During a mental health crisis, a family’s call to 911 turns tragic

A mother in Lancaster tried for years to help her grown son get consistent treatment for schizophrenia. Then, hoping to get him involuntarily committed for care, the family called the police.

By Brett Sholtis

Lancaster police body camera video shows aftermath of Ricardo Munoz shooting

Warning: Graphic video of a fatal shooting. Use discretion.
By Brett Sholtis

Perry County sent out thousands of mail-in ballots without return postage

The Wolf Administration authorized postage-paid ballot return envelopes in August, planning to use money from federal emergency coronavirus aid to foot the bill.

By Brett Sholtis

Amid resurgence of COVID-19, Wolf says now is ‘the time to double down on our efforts’

Colder weather, school and complacency are all playing a role in the uptick in cases.

By Brett Sholtis

‘There’s a sense of urgency:’ Many Pa. voters are hand-delivering their mail-in ballots

As of Oct. 14, more than a half-million Pennsylvanians have returned their ballots, according to state data shared by the U.S. Elections Project. Seventy-six percent of those mail-in ballots came from registered Democrats, while just 16 percent came from Republicans.

By Brett Sholtis and Emily Previti
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