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Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA

Kate is an investigative reporter covering redistricting for Spotlight PA. She is a recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School’s data journalism program where she reported on police accountability and social services for survivors of domestic violence in New York City. She has previously worked at ABC’s World News Tonight, and MSNBC. Kate enjoys painting and road-tripping, preferably all while listening to Taylor Swift.

Latest by Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA

Malcolm Kenyatta wins Democratic primary for Pa. auditor general, will face Republican Tim DeFoor this fall

Kenyatta defeated his Democratic primary opponent Mark Pinsley to win the party’s nod for state treasurer. He’ll face DeFoor, the incumbent, in November.
By Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA

The vast majority of Pa. legislative races will effectively be decided during the primary

Pennsylvania's 2024 state House and Senate races will be decided by just a sliver of the voting population, thanks to closed primaries and non-competitive districts.
By Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA

Pa. election 2024: What the latest fundraising reports tell us about the attorney general race

The five Democrats running to be Pennsylvania’s attorney general raised almost $1.2 million ahead of the April 23 primary, while the GOP establishment continued its support for one candidate.
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA and Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA

Why independents can’t vote in the 2024 Pa. primary, and the slow-moving push to change that

More than 1.3 million people in Pennsylvania can’t vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries on April 23. A campaign to change that is moving slowly.
By Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA

Elections 101: What to know about poll watchers, and what they can and can’t do in Pennsylvania

Poll watchers in Pennsylvania are appointed by candidates and political parties to observe the voting process. Since 2020, their work has become increasingly politicized.
By Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA

Josh Shapiro’s alternative to a key climate program comes with one major catch: It needs GOP support

Can Gov. Josh Shapiro satisfy environmentalists and the GOP on climate change? With a proposed carbon cap-and-trade program, he’s trying.
By Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA

Pa. election 2024: How much the Democratic and Republican attorney general candidates have raised

The Republican attorney general candidate who received his party’s nod has a small fundraising advantage over his opponent, while Democratic donors have yet to coalesce around one of the five candidates.

By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA, Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA and Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania is flush with surplus cash, but it still faces a looming budget problem

Pennsylvania persistently spends more than it makes in revenue, but lawmakers have struggled for years to agree on lasting solutions.
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA and Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA

Federal money has supercharged Pa.’s plugging of dangerous wells, but critics want more oversight

There are thousands of abandoned wells in Pennsylvania that leak a powerful greenhouse gas. Environmentalists say the state needs to do more to target the worst ones.
By Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA

What to know about Shapiro’s pitch to legalize marijuana, its chances in the Pa. legislature, and more

Unlike his predecessor, Gov. Josh Shapiro has the benefit of a Democratic-led state House and a state Senate where attitudes appear to be shifting.

By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA and Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA