Brett Sholtis, Reporter

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


96-year-old Army veteran from Allentown awarded Bronze Star in surprise ceremony at WWII Memorial

The 'hero of Cologne' was denied the award nearly 75 years ago 'over a stick of gum,' according to author Adam Makos
By Brett Sholtis

20 years after Columbine, Sue Klebold urges honest discussion on mental health

The mother of killer Dylan Klebold spoke about her memoir at Penn State Harrisburg
By Brett Sholtis

Group flags concussion risks among students and young athletes

About half of children and teenagers with concussions requiring help from a state program were injured while playing sports.
By Brett Sholtis

Health officials sound the alarm over vaping

Health officials across the country are sounding the alarm over E-cigarette use, which is also known as vaping. 

By Justin Kocis, Merideth Bucher and Brett Sholtis

‘Serious lung injuries’ tied to vaping draw state Health Department inquiry

Centers for Disease Control reports six deaths and more than 450 cases nationwide.
By Brett Sholtis

Free overdose-reversing drug naloxone will be distributed this month across Pennsylvania

The drug will be available at 95 locations across the state on Sept. 18 and 25.
By Brett Sholtis


Man who died after eight days in Dauphin County prison had rare medical condition, coroner says

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick says there are no signs physical trauma contributed to the man's death.
By Brett Sholtis

Pennsylvania gets $55.9 million to help people living with opioid addiction

Funds have been used for a wide range of services, such as providing medication-assisted treatment, hiring care workers and helping people with things like housing, transportation and employment.

By Brett Sholtis

Geisinger to offer new parents two-weeks paid family leave

At least two health systems operating in the midstate now offer the benefit.
By Brett Sholtis
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