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

Poll shows fewer than one third of Pennsylvania Republican voters will trust mail-in ballot results

The finding adds to concerns that the president and some Republicans are laying the groundwork to challenge the legitimacy of the election.
By Brett Sholtis

A family’s sorrow — and questions unanswered

Lancaster police killed Ricardo Munoz after he ran toward an officer with a knife. The man, who had schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, never got the help he needed.

By Brett Sholtis

Police and prison guards demand compliance. That only makes situations worse for people with serious mental illness in Pa.

Use of force reports from Bucks County jail offer a glimpse into a criminal justice system unequipped to deal with people who may be having a crisis.

By Brett Sholtis

Community spread is driving COVID-19 case rate increases in York, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster and Berks counties

Parts of midstate Pennsylvania are seeing case increases well above the state average.

By Brett Sholtis

Sampling confirms Harrisburg’s sewage overflow is polluting the Susquehanna River with E. coli

A related report finds Pennsylvania has ‘gone backwards’ in its effort to curb river pollution
By Brett Sholtis

Outbreak at Lewisburg federal prison drives surge in Union County COVID-19 cases

Sparsely populated Union County has the highest COVID-19 case rate in Pennsylvania.
By Brett Sholtis

State and federal police investigate swastika painted on Harrisburg Jewish temple

Hate crimes against Jews are on the rise in Pennsylvania, state police say.

By Brett Sholtis

More than 4,300 people died from drug overdoses last year in Pa.

More than 4,300 people died from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania during 2019, according to a recent state Department of Health report.

By Brett Sholtis

Your weekly midstate coronavirus update: COVID-19 cases surge in Franklin County

The largely rural county had the third-highest incidence rate in Pennsylvania last week.
By Brett Sholtis

Chambersburg postal workers refuse to wear masks, and the state can’t do anything about it

The situation highlights how safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have become part of election-year politics.

By Brett Sholtis