Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

Colin Deppen is a newsletter editor/reporter with Spotlight PA. He crafts and grows the site’s daily and weekly newsletters, while contributing to the organization’s mission of producing journalism that serves readers and holds powerful people to account. He came to Spotlight PA from The Incline, a digital news outlet in Pittsburgh, where he served as director and author of a daily newsletter hyper-focused on the city and region. Colin has worked at newspapers and outlets across Pennsylvania during his 10-year career — from the Northern Tier to the south. This includes PennLive/The Patriot-News, where he won statewide awards for written features, personality profiles, and political coverage. He is a native of New York City with deep family ties in Pennsylvania and has been a longtime resident of the commonwealth. He still refuses to try scrapple.

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Pa.’s looming dementia care crisis, by the numbers

Experts warn Pennsylvania is headed for a profound eldercare crisis as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia rates continue to climb. Statistics illustrate the cause of their concern.

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

A police killing in Philadelphia could change Pa. use-of-force cases forever

Philadelphia’s district attorney wants the state’s highest court to alter the instructions jurors hear before rendering verdicts in cases where police use deadly force.

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

Updated: July 20, 2021 | 2:25 pm

Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race: What we know so far

The Senate opening has drawn plenty of interest from Democrats looking to shore up a narrow congressional majority, and Republicans looking to limit key aspects of the Biden agenda.

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

Wolf, Pa. Democrats again push for passage of LGBTQ discrimination protections

Similar legislation has failed to move out of Republican-controlled committees, and it’s unclear if this year will be any different.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA and Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

Five takeaways from a year-long investigation on lawmaker spending

The Caucus and Spotlight PA wanted to find out how one of the largest and most expensive full-time legislatures in the country spends tax money on itself.

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

After student push, Pa.’s state university system adopts strategy to address campus racism

Students who pushed officials to address campus racism said the board’s unanimous vote was heartening. Still, they’re withholding higher praise until they see results.

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

Updated: April 26, 2021 | 6:10 pm

Pennsylvania will lose a U.S. House seat after redistricting

The widely expected loss of one of the state’s 18 congressional districts sets up a high-stakes redistricting process.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA and Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

Partisan Pa. websites masquerading as local news threaten trust in journalism, new report finds

Both Republican and Democratic groups are seeking to exploit the growing void in local news through outlets that fail basic journalistic standards, according to a report by NewsGuard.

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA
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