Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Cynthia Fernandez covers the most important news and events from the Capitol and state legislature. She is a member of the second class of Lenfest Fellows, a program of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and supported by the Independence Public Media Foundation. Cynthia joined Spotlight PA from Boston, where she recently completed an undergraduate degree in journalism, with a concentration in computer science, from Boston University. She has interned at several news organizations, including Muck Rock, WBUR, and Boston Magazine. Most recently, she was a part-time breaking news reporter at the Boston Globe and a research assistant for their Spotlight team. A Cuban immigrant and Miami native, Cynthia is particularly interested in reporting on marginalized communities and how they interface with institutional and governmental systems.

Latest by Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Law enforcement in Pa. preparing for possible unrest despite ‘no specific threats’ to the Capitol

“While there are no specific threats to the Capitol or the Capitol Complex, we are taking actions out of the abundance of caution, to be prepared in case any situations arise,” Capitol Police Superintendent Joseph Jacob told reporters Thursday.

By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA and Joseph Darius Jaafari/Spotlight PA

Pa. GOP lawmakers want voters to give them the power to end governor’s emergency orders

The proposed constitutional amendment is the result of long-festering resentment against Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over his actions to control the coronavirus pandemic.

By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Top Pa. lawmakers who rejected election results denounce U.S. Capitol mob

In the state House, Republican leadership said in a joint statement, “Any act of violence or destruction is a crime and should be treated as such.”

By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

As coronavirus hits home, Pa. GOP shifts messaging but still rejects mandates

At least two Republican lawmakers said Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 diagnosis was proof masks and other mitigation efforts don’t work.

By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Updated: December 9, 2020 | 2:58 pm

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tests positive for the coronavirus

“During a routine test yesterday, I tested positive for COVID-19,” Wolf said in a Wednesday statement.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

GOP leadership silent after Pa. senator tests positive for COVID-19 following maskless election event

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are surging, making mitigation efforts like wearing masks and not gathering in small spaces more important than ever.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Pa. lawmaker claims Capitol unsafe after fifth member tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Jim Gregory (R., Blair) announced Thursday evening he had tested positive for COVID-19.

By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Pa. GOP advances audit of 2020 election, says it’s not about fraud

The resolution tasks a bipartisan committee that holds subpoena power with compiling a report on issues and “inconsistencies,” and hiring a firm to audit the vote to ensure “the accuracy of the results.”

By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Two women just made history in the Pa. legislature. Will that be the last thing they have in common?

Sen. Kim Ward, a Republican, is the first woman to become majority leader in the General Assembly’s history, while Democratic Rep. Joanna McClinton will be the first Black woman to lead a caucus.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA