Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Ed Mahon comes to Spotlight PA from PA Post, where he covered state politics and policy, produced radio stories that were broadcast on public media stations throughout the state and on NPR’s national newscasts, and co-wrote a weekday newsletter. Prior to joining PA Post, Ed worked for six years as an investigative and political reporter for the York Daily Record, part of the USA Today Network. His reporting on failures in Pennsylvania’s system for protecting domestic abuse victims was a finalist in the national 2018 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists in the local reporting category. He was also part of a team whose coverage of the criminal justice system, including the aggressive use of civil asset forfeiture by York County prosecutors, received the 2018 G. Richard Dew Award for Journalistic Service from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. Before joining the York Daily Record, Ed covered K-12 education at the Centre Daily Times in State College and worked as a stringer for suburban sections of The Philadelphia Inquirer. He grew up in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

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A staffing crisis at Pa. child care centers is upending family routines and slowing the economic recovery

The shortages, caused by low wages and razor-thin profit margins, have ripple effects that reach far beyond the classroom and affect everyone.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Pa. is on the brink of regulating recovery homes for the first time. Here’s what you need to know.

The Wolf administration could implement new oversight of recovery homes by mid-2022, though challenges could cause delays.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

New records reveal the cost of Pa.’s failure to clarify rules around addiction treatment and marijuana

For 17 months, medical marijuana users were wrongly denied access to some care and funding options because of the Wolf administration’s inaction.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Wolf administration ordered to reveal details of cannabis use as drug addiction treatment

The public could soon know for the first time how many patients use medical marijuana to treat opioid use disorder in Pennsylvania, one of the few states to specifically endorse that treatment option.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Wolf admin unexpectedly pulls the plug on controversial revamp of Pa. safety net program

The Department of Health did not explain why it abandoned a plan to change who administers a nutrition program for pregnant people and young children.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA and Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

How many people in Pa. use cannabis for addiction? The Wolf admin won’t say.

The state Department of Health said it was unable to “share specifics regarding patient use,” despite doing so in the past.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Pa. patients swear by cannabis as a tool to fight opioid addiction. The research still isn’t there.

Pennsylvania approved opioid use disorder as a condition that qualifies a person for medical marijuana in 2018, but experts are still conflicted about its use as an addiction treatment.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Updated: August 4, 2021 | 3:05 pm

Feds roll back ‘confusing’ addiction funding rules that had deadly consequence in Pa.

The change impacts people who need addiction treatment and use medical marijuana for a substance use or mental health disorder.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Lawmakers renew call for stronger addiction treatment oversight as two Pa. providers charged

Two Philadelphia addiction treatment facilities and their owners face criminal charges for allegedly sending illegal kickbacks to recovery homes and forcing patients into substandard care.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Failure by Pa. officials to clarify rules around medical marijuana, addiction treatment had serious consequences

Tyler Cordeiro was denied funding for treatment despite a state program offering help for anyone, even without insurance. The problem: his medical marijuana card.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA
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