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Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA

Focus: Governor’s office, legislature, elections

Meyer covers government and elections, with a focus on the money and powerful interests that can shape policy decisions, and the ways those decisions affect Pennsylvanians. She also plans coverage and edits Spotlight’s government team.
Previously, Meyer was political reporter for WHYY Public Radio in Philadelphia, and covered state politics and government for WITF Public Radio in Harrisburg. She lives in South Philly.

Latest by Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA


The teams helping Josh Shapiro prepare to be Pa.’s next governor include wealthy donors, Republicans

The Democrat is not the only governor-to-be who has given donors plum positions ahead of his inauguration, but some say the practice highlights the need to get money out of politics.
By Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA and Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

How Democrat Josh Shapiro won Pennsylvania’s 2022 election for governor

Supporters and detractors alike agreed Shapiro had a weak opponent, strong outreach to rural areas, and a pragmatic policy message.
By Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA

Updated: November 17, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Democrats win control of Pennsylvania state House after picking up 12 seats

Democrats have not controlled the chamber for more than a decade, and the win will allow lawmakers to advance policy priorities like raising the minimum wage.
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA and Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA

Have Democrats flipped the Pa. House? The latest on the deciding races.

Attorneys for Democratic and Republican candidates in two close, still-uncalled races are haggling over whether to count several dozen provisional ballots.

By Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA

Democrat Josh Shapiro will be Pennsylvania’s next governor. It promises to be his biggest challenge yet.

Democrat Josh Shapiro won big in Tuesday’s election, outperforming John Fetterman at the top of the ticket — and even President Joe Biden in 2020 — in almost every Pennsylvania county.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA

Election Day polls are closed in Pennsylvania, but the process is far from over. Here’s what happens now.

The polls are closed in most of Pennsylvania after an Election Day that saw high turnout in some parts of the state, few significant issues for in-person voters, and rampant misinformation about ballot counting in Philadelphia.

By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA and Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA

Judge rules Philadelphia shouldn’t be forced to change its vote-counting plan for Nov. 8 election, but the case isn’t over

The city wants to discontinue a procedure used to catch people who vote both by mail and in person, arguing it’s duplicative of other effective measures.
By Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA

Former Pa. governors ask candidates Doug Mastriano, Josh Shapiro to accept results of Nov. 8 election

Former Govs. Tom Ridge, Mark Schweiker, Ed Rendell, and Tom Corbett said the state’s election process will be “open and transparent.”

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA

The top 4 false or misleading claims being pushed ahead of Pa.’s 2022 election

Mis- and disinformation abounds in the runup to Election Day, but here are the facts.

By Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA and Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

Pa. election officials should not count undated mail ballots on Nov. 8, Pa. high court rules

In a deadlocked decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court directed counties to segregate mail ballots that a voter did not date or incorrectly dated.
By Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA
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