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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.

Latest by Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Pa. opioid settlement money: What you need to know

In Pennsylvania, there’s currently no single resource for people to see how counties and local governments plan to spend the money. But understanding the process can help you influence it.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA and Kate Giammarise/WESA

Pa. health department faces lawmaker questioning over medical marijuana doctor data

The agency has sued to keep secret how often individual doctors approve patients for medical marijuana.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Three ways Josh Shapiro’s budget would change public health in Pennsylvania

Shapiro's budget proposals include boosting money for public health agencies, programs to prevent maternal mortality, and taxing recreational marijuana sales.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania is expecting more than $1 billion in opioid settlement money, the state grapples with policing versus treatment

Gov. Josh Shapiro has touted the money as “specifically earmarked for treatment,” but some counties want to hire more police officers and bolster drug task forces.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA and Kate Giammarise/WESA

Health officials in Pa. face scrutiny over weak oversight of medical marijuana doctors

Echoing findings of a Spotlight PA investigation, an advisory board is questioning the rigor of telemedicine appointments for marijuana cards and advertising by marijuana businesses.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Rare disciplinary case against Pa. doctor offers glimpse into the big business of medical marijuana cards

A patient’s complaint about her virtual appointment through Veriheal has offered a look inside the multimillion dollar certification industry.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

York County agrees to improve public access to criminal court records in response to suit by Spotlight PA, others

The settlement resolves allegations that the clerk of courts improperly delayed or denied access to criminal court records.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

How we tracked workplace lawsuits involving Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law

A behind-the-scenes look at how Spotlight PA found Pennsylvania workers who were fired or demoted over medical marijuana.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Medical marijuana card company draws scrutiny for using unofficial Pennsylvania doctor listing to attract patients

Doctors said the website highlights a larger problem: medical marijuana companies operate and advertise with impunity, while doctors are silenced.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Why Pennsylvania’s health department is taking Spotlight PA to court

How many people in Pennsylvania use medical marijuana for opioid addiction? The Wolf administration is taking Spotlight PA to court for trying to find out.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA