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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 unemployment trust fund is broke. The Wolf admin says a long-term fix will save taxpayers millions.

The state’s new budget pays off $42 million in debt, but backers say a bigger policy change is needed to prepare the system for future downturns.

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania revises Confederate markers, recasts forces as “enemy” soldiers

Pennsylvania has revised or removed historical markers and plaques about the Confederacy amid a nationwide reckoning over how the army is remembered.

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

A last-minute guide to essential Pa. voter prep for the 2021 general election

Spotlight PA offers a final primer on everything you need to know to cast your ballot and vet and select candidates.
By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

Pa. lawmakers know a dementia care crisis is coming. Will they agree on a response?

“The problem is now. It’s today. It’s not coming, it’s here.”

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

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
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