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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 fight over public records could threaten novel approach to broadband in rural Pennsylvania

Officials in the Southern Alleghenies region created the organization in part to sidestep an obscure provision in state law that puts roadblocks in the way of local governments trying to build their own broadband networks.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania’s definition of broadband hasn’t changed in nearly 20 years

Everyone in Pennsylvania has access to broadband according to the definition set by state lawmakers in the early 2000s.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

An obscure provision in Pennsylvania law could create roadblocks to expanding the state’s high-speed internet

An obscure state law could blunt the impact of up to $1 billion in federal funding for Pennsylvania’s broadband expansion.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Budget report on Pa. education agency provokes spat between lawmakers, watchdogs

The Independent Fiscal Office’s finding that “there is little or no correlation” between spending on public schools and test scores raised eyebrows among Pennsylvania legislators.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

A massive Pa. corporate tax break lacks basic accountability, report finds

A corporate tax break in Pennsylvania worth an estimated $280 million per year operates with little accountability and lacks even the most basic data to determine if it’s actually effective, a recent report found.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Renters in parts of Pa. shut out of rent relief as counties elsewhere sit on millions in unused aid

The inefficiency was caused by state lawmakers who chose to distribute most of the money by population rather than the actual number of renters in each county.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Why $1 billion in rent relief isn’t keeping some Pa. tenants safe from eviction

While a long-feared wave of evictions hasn’t come to pass, a lack of coordination between programs and courts leaves some renters in a pinch.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

What renters in Pa. need to know about available relief, the new eviction ban

Pennsylvania has more than $1 billion in rental aid available to people who have fallen behind because of the pandemic.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

High court gives Bucks County OK to delay eviction cases while tenants wait for rental relief

Advocates hope the move will prompt other counties to issue similar orders, guaranteeing that tenants won’t lose their homes while waiting for help.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA