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Emily Rizzo is WHYY News’ suburban reporter covering Bucks and Montgomery counties. Previously, she covered education for Keystone Crossroads.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Emily, from New Jersey, was a documentary film and audio documentary producer. She studied English, film, and intergroup relations at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Latest by Emily Rizzo/WHYY

Central Bucks School District backpedals, classes about puberty are now optional and virtual

After receiving criticism from parents and district employees for directing school counselors to divide elementary students by the sex they were assigned at birth, and not their gender identity, for classes on puberty, Central Bucks School District has made all of those classes virtual and optional.

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

Student protestors threatened, while a new policy to censor library books looms, in Central Bucks School District

After students gathered in front of the Lenape building on Thursday morning, school leaders threatened them with truancy.

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

Central Bucks School District decisions lead LGBTQ students and faculty to fear for civil rights

If a student wishes to use a pronoun or name that does not appear on IC, their parent must make the change through the guidance office.
By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

A ‘meaningless’ change: Restaurant workers say Pennsylvania’s new threshold for tipped wages won’t make much difference

Even with the higher threshold, a person who makes $2.83 an hour and works 20 days out of a month may still make only about $25 a day in tips and wages before taxes.

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

Berks, Montgomery and Chester counties consider a new passenger rail authority

Montgomery, Chester, and Berks counties are taking the first steps toward bringing back passenger rail line to Philadelphia.

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

I’m immunocompromised. How does a mask protect me if no one else wears one?

States and cities are dropping mask mandates, but what do you do if you’re immunocompromised?

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

A 9-8-8 crisis line is coming. Mental health services ask: How do we stretch even more?

The aim is to make it easier for those experiencing mental health issues to gain access to intervention services

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

A Bucks County school district told teachers not to discuss the Jan. 6 insurrection with students

Pennridge School District teachers teachers were told not to “wade into” discussions with students about the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection in Washington D.C. “due to the current polarization and strong emotions.”

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY and Katie Meyer/WHYY