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Laura Benshoff covers the suburbs for WHYY, 91 FM. Originally from Raleigh, N.C., Laura hasn't had a southern accent in years. She moved to Montreal for college before landing in Philadelphia in 2012.

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Number of women doing gig work in Philly region surged during COVID-19

“Me being pregnant, I needed the flexibility. If I’m not feeling good, I’m going to go home.”

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Philly Fed analysis shows pandemic economic blows fell unevenly across race and gender lines

The results add local data to growing evidence the coronavirus pandemic and its economic blows have fallen unevenly across racial and demographic groups.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

From glass bottles to botanicals, Pa. distillers spell out supply chain struggles

“If we would order a cap for a bottle, normally we would receive that material in two to three weeks. That [now] has been pushed out to almost three months.”

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

From the pump to potatoes: Inflation hits home for the holidays in Pa.

“Choices have to be made here. Do I get my son the extra groceries he wanted or make that payment to PECO this month?”

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Biden’s child tax credit is cutting poverty in Philly, but many with deepest needs aren’t getting the cash

Few places stand to be as transformed by the Biden administration’s expanded child tax credit as Philadelphia.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Immigrant groups frustrated by inaction in D.C. block traffic in front of Sen. Casey’s Philadelphia office

“We are here today because there are 11 million undocumented folks who have been promised a pathway to citizenship, and time and time again, have been let down.”

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

PPP loans went to Philly museums that still laid off staff, report says

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, and Franklin Institute, were among the most heavily subsidized local cultural institutions in the country.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Underlying all the labor shortages? A ‘crisis’ in the child care sector creating a vicious cycle for working parents

“I’ve been in this industry for 30 years, we’ve always talked about the challenges of hiring … but we’ve never seen this before.”

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Haitians in Philadelphia, members of City Council slam President Biden’s border policies

The rally comes after immigration enforcement held thousands of Haitians under a bridge at the southern border, then deported or turned back the majority without allowing them the opportunity to claim asylum.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

400,000 immigrants in Pa., N.J., and Del. up for citizenship imperiled by setback in Congress

Immigrants and their supporters have stepped up demands to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions already living and working in the U.S.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY and Cris Barrish/WHYY