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Lucy Perkins is a reporter/producer for 90.5 WESA’s Government and Accountability team. Before joining the 90.5 WESA newsroom, Lucy was an NPR producer in Washington, D.C., working on news programs like All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She also helped produce the Hidden Brain podcast and NPR’s 2016 election night special coverage. Lucy joined NPR as a Kroc fellow after interning with Michigan Radio. Lucy is a proud Midwesterner, from the tip of Michigan’s pinky finger.

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Rep. Doyle touts pandemic relief funding to boost broadband access

Americans who can’t afford to pay for internet access, or who live in rural parts of the country without broadband infrastructure, could get help from Congress’s next pandemic relief package.

By Lucy Perkins/WESA

Pa. data shows Republican voters leaving party after Jan. 6 insurrection

Statewide, 4,640 Republican voters flipped and became Democrats last month, a period in which only 2,956 Democrats re-registered as Republicans. 

By Lucy Perkins/WESA

Pa. Congressman Conor Lamb talks COVID-19 vaccine rollout, denounces GOP lawmaker at town hall

In his first tele-town hall of the year, Lamb said the administration was working to standardize the vaccine rollout process across states, which he said the Trump administration failed to do. Lamb said he was hopeful things would get better in the coming weeks as more people get the shots.

By Lucy Perkins/WESA

Labor PACs stay quiet on campaign donations to western Pa. lawmakers following insurrection

While corporate political action committees (PACs) may have disavowed Republican actions, union-affiliated PACs that have backed U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly are largely keeping quiet.

By Lucy Perkins/WESA

Pa. Lawmakers condemn insurrection at US Capitol, but some don’t demand a stop to the violence

Pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol to protest the certification of the Electoral College results, which will formally declare Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

By Lucy Perkins/WESA

Domestic violence shelters see an uptick in calls, worry about dwindling funding

Domestic violence shelters in western Pennsylvania say they’re seeing an increase in hotline calls, amid worries that a difficult and isolating winter is on the way.

By Lucy Perkins/WESA

Allegheny County certifies November election results

In the presidential race, President-elect Joe Biden holds a lead of more than 81,000 votes over President Donald Trump.

By Lucy Perkins/WESA