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Jamie Martines joined Spotlight PA in 2020 after four years with Triblive/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. While in Pittsburgh, she spent two years on the education beat before transitioning to covering Allegheny County government and special projects. She has covered major breaking news in the Pittsburgh region, including the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Tree of Life mass shooting, concerns about air quality following a series of fires at the Clairton Coke Works, and the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation of clergy abuse in the Catholic church. Before pursuing journalism, Martines worked for a nonprofit in China’s Yunnan Province and lived there for three years.

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Personal data from Pa. contact tracing calls still online despite assurances it had been secured

A spreadsheet of data was still online as of Wednesday, raising questions about whether the company, Insight Global, or the state can be confident they know where all the information might be stored.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

A stark racial divide on vaccinations leaves many at risk as Pa. reopens

As the state eases distancing and mask mandates, health officials are still failing to successfully vaccinate communities that have been disadvantaged from the start.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

After citing privacy law, Pa. backtracks and discloses wasted vaccine details

Just 0.18% of more than 10 million doses given to hospitals, pharmacies, and other providers through May 21 were discarded.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

Inside Pennsylvania’s race to expand who’s eligible for the coronavirus vaccine

The state has made significant progress in its vaccination effort after Gov. Tom Wolf came under intense scrutiny, but that progress still depends, in part, on where you live.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

Levine pressed for answers on Pa.’s missing nursing home data as confirmation advances

U.S. House and Senate Republicans also want more information on the state’s overall response to nursing homes, citing several Spotlight PA reports.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

Two Pa. prisons have vaccinated more than 70% of inmates. An incentive program may be making a difference.

Three out of the state’s 23 prisons have so far offered vaccines to inmates and staff, and the number of inmates who have gotten the vaccine at two of those facilities is upwards of 70%.

By Joseph Darius Jaafari/Spotlight PA and Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

Greene County went from bust to boom times with natural gas. Now, it’s nearly broke.

Nearly 10 years and more than 1,000 natural gas wells later, the county appears to be no better off financially than where it started,

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

Levine questioned on missing Pa. nursing home data in federal confirmation hearing

Former Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s explanation for the issues did not match previous reporting by Spotlight PA.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

In race for COVID-19 vaccinations, older residents in rural Pa. face tough obstacles

Rural counties also tend to have a larger share of older residents. About 17% of Pennsylvania’s 12.8 million residents are older than 65, Census data show. In many rural counties, older residents make up about 20% of the population.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

Could a centralized vaccine signup ease Pa.’s rollout pains? Here’s the answer.

Like other states, Pennsylvania is only receiving a fraction of the vaccine doses it needs from the federal government — which is purchasing the vaccine from drug companies like Pfizer and Moderna and distributing it to states — to meet the demand.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA
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