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Kate is covering the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

She covered poverty, social services and affordable housing at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for nearly five years; prior to that she spent several years in the paper’s Harrisburg bureau covering the legislature, governor, and state government.

She was part of the P-G staff that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting on the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. She has won numerous state and local awards for her reporting and was honored with a 2020 Keystone Media Award for her beat reporting on poverty.

She also previously reported for several newspapers in Ohio and covered the steel industry for a trade publication.

Latest by Kate Giammarise/WESA


Pennsylvania families will get help next month for missed school meals because of pandemic closures

Pennsylvania families should begin receiving benefits next month to make up for missed school meals related to COVID-19 closures this school year.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Pennsylvania will delay closures of two institutions for people with intellectual disabilities

The centers are slated to close Nov. 30, later than originally planned, “due to challenges with the pandemic,” state Department of Human Services officials said.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Baby formula shortages have Pennsylvania parents scrambling

Formula has been impacted by the supply-chain issues that have roiled the economy in the wake of the pandemic. The issue was exacerbated earlier this year when manufacturer Abbott Nutrition recalled some formula after four babies were hospitalized and two died after being sickened by its product.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Black homebuyers in Pennsylvania still face many hurdles, report finds

A statewide report released found Black homebuyers still face substantial barriers to homeownership in Pennsylvania.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Advocates in Pennsylvania push for more state funds for disability services and higher wages for workers

The state’ budget is due June 30 for the new fiscal year that begins July 1
By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Pitt fears attacks on fetal tissues use, redistricting could hurt state funding, tuition breaks

Officials fear the University of Pittsburgh could lose its $160 million annual appropriation.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA and Chris Potter/WESA

Thousands of Pennsylvanians have applied for mortgage aid, but few have received help so far

A mortgage assistance fund to help Pennsylvanians hit by COVID-related hardships is off to a slow start.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Pennsylvanians will now get a full year of Medicaid coverage after giving birth

Pregnant women in Pennsylvania who are insured through Medicaid will now have coverage for a full year after giving birth, rather than just 60 days post-partum.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Social Security offices open their doors for in-person visits, two years after closing for the pandemic

After more than two years of being largely closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s more than 1,200 Social Security Administration field offices reopened today.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA
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