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Brett Sholtis, Reporter

Brett Sholtis is a health reporter for WITF/Transforming Health. Sholtis is the 2021-2022 Reveal Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grantee for Mental Health Investigative Journalism with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. His award-winning work on problem areas in mental health policy and policing helped to get a woman moved from a county jail to a psychiatric facility. Sholtis is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Kosovo campaign veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis


Norfolk Southern train derails outside of Harrisburg

Roads closed as the company investigates the incident.
By Brett Sholtis

Pennsylvania veterans’ homes need nurses and health care workers

The homes are turning away veterans due to lack of staffing.

By Brett Sholtis

Citing ‘conservative values,’ a town in Lancaster County, Pa. plans to cut local library funding

One councilman opposed a women’s health class “because it was related to sexual matters.”

By Brett Sholtis

Jails fail to accommodate people with mental illness. In some cases, it’s a civil rights violation.

Conditions in some corrections facilities are a a moral failure that also costs taxpayers millions.

By Brett Sholtis

Updated: November 9, 2022 | 2:30 am

Republican Scott Perry defeats Democrat Shamaine Daniels to retain 10th Congressional District seat

Rep. Scott Perry, from Dillsburg, sought his sixth term in office and was challenged by Harrisburg City Council member Shamaine Daniels.

By Brett Sholtis and Scott Blanchard

In high stakes Pennsylvania governor’s race, some voters’ questions go unanswered

While Shapiro has run a ‘textbook’ campaign, Mastriano has largely avoided media inquiries.

By Brett Sholtis

Bill to simplify medical insurance in Pennsylvania heads to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk

Pennsylvania state lawmakers have passed a bill that supporters say will make it easier for doctors to treat patients by streamlining how they work with health insurers.

By Brett Sholtis

Pennsylvania lawmakers weigh in on need for reforms after investigation into county jails and mental health

Prison oversight boards and funding for jails are among the ideas presented.

By Brett Sholtis

Parents, teachers at Central Dauphin School District voice concerns over special education worker shortage

Parents and teachers are raising concerns over a shortage of special education workers at Central Dauphin School District. 

By Brett Sholtis

In Pa. county jails, people with mental illness are routinely met with pepper spray and stun guns

A WITF investigation finds that Pennsylvania county corrections officers use physical force on people who may be unable to comply with orders due to a mental health condition.

By Brett Sholtis
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