Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Charlotte Keith joins Spotlight PA from The Investigative Post, a nonprofit news outlet in Buffalo, N.Y., where she has reported extensively on the corrupt and wasteful spending in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ‘Buffalo Billion’ economic development program. In 2016, her reporting on problems in Erie County’s child protective services unit was a finalist for the national Livingston Awards for Young Journalists in the local reporting category. She has experience translating her stories for both radio and television, and her work has also appeared in the Albany Times-Union, ProPublica, and the Texas Observer. Originally from London, she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, where she edited Varsity, the independent student newspaper. She graduated with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

Latest by Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

A business owner’s guide to Pa.’s next wave of COVID-19 relief grants

The aid is targeted at businesses with fewer than 300 employees that have lost at least 25% of their sales as a result of the pandemic.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

New coronavirus grants for small Pa. businesses aim for inclusivity, but can’t track success

Applications open next month for $145 million in state grants for small hospitality businesses, with a significant change by lawmakers intended to make the money is more accessible to people of color.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

The inside story of how Pennsylvania failed to deliver millions in coronavirus rent relief

Pennsylvania’s first effort to help renters was doomed from the start, according to a Spotlight PA review of thousands of emails obtained under the state Right-To-Know Law.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Thousands of Pa. families face potential eviction come the new year

Hundreds of thousands of families across Pennsylvania could lose their homes in January, after emergency unemployment benefits and federal eviction protections expire.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Gaping loopholes and vague state guidance leave some Pa. families out of a home despite federal ban on evictions

But in Pennsylvania, a Spotlight PA investigation found an inconsistent system of justice across the 67 counties, leaving many vulnerable residents without the protections they were promised.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Senate GOP halts fixes for Pa.’s troubled rent relief program, surprising even their own

The state House unanimously passed long-awaited changes Monday, but Senate leadership refused to advance it, leaving many landlords and families on the financial brink.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

To jumpstart relief program, Wolf gives landlords more flexibility to collect unpaid rent

Landlords will no longer be required to forgive all payments owed in return for accepting state aid, which is capped at $750, much lower than average rent in many areas.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

From relief to despair, one Pa. family struggles with the ambiguity of federal eviction ban

In Pennsylvania, it’s up to individual courts in each county to decide how to interpret the federal order. With debts mounting, renters lives are in limbo, and relief is only temporary.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Updated: September 2, 2020 | 12:13 pm

After waffling, Gov. Tom Wolf says he can’t extend Pa.’s eviction ban, looks to lawmakers

Republican lawmakers said they are looking at what options they have to extend another lifeline to tenants.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

A vital rental assistance program is riddled with problems as Pa. prepares to resume evictions

A Spotlight PA review found many landlords have refused to participate, and lawmakers have failed to take action despite warnings the program is failing.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA