Min Xian/WPSU

Min Xian is a reporter for WPSU and Keystone Crossroads, covering news and public affairs in Central and Northern Pennsylvania. She reports on issues facing Central PA cities and rural communities, involving infrastructure, education, immigration and more. Before joining as a staff reporter, Min was a news intern for WPSU for a year.

Previously Min worked as a part-time videographer and photographer for Penn State College of Engineering. She was also a contributing writer and freelance photographer for the Centre Daily Times. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Penn State University.

A native speaker of Mandarin and Cantonese, Min spends a lot of time coming up with headlines and puns.

Latest by Min Xian/WPSU

Some Central Pa. hospitals see uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations, especially among the unvaccinated

“About a month ago, Penn Highlands hospitals were caring for just a handful of COVID-19 positive inpatients, but now we’re caring for almost 40 per day.”
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As Warren County COVID-19 cases increase, hundreds of students request masking exemptions

Warren County is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases with the school year beginning this month. Close to 20% of new cases so far in September are among students in Warren County School District, where hundreds have been in quarantine.

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Penn State researcher says his 2015 paper is being wrongly compared to COVID-19 vaccines

Penn State researcher Dr. Andrew Read said the paper has gone viral in recent weeks because readers are misunderstanding it and making unfounded comparisons with COVID-19 vaccines.

By Min Xian/WPSU

Campus rally protests masking requirement as Penn State publishes latest vaccination data

Students and employees who have not uploaded proof of vaccination will be required to get tested weekly starting this week.

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State College plans to request a census recount, suspecting a pandemic-related undercount

The Borough of State College is listed as having about 1,500 fewer residents than in 2010 in new 2020 population data the Census Bureau released last week.

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Citing increased transmission, Penn State shifts to require indoor masking across campuses

The university updated its guideline one day after a town hall meeting where leaders shared COVID-19 protocols for the fall semester.

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Penn State isn’t requiring COVID-19 vaccines, will test unvaccinated people weekly in the fall

University leaders said students who will be living in residence halls will have to test negative prior to their arrival.

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PASSHE vote to merge six state universities into two nears despite pushback

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is expected to vote on its plan to merge six state-owned universities into two institutions as soon as Wednesday, despite questions that critics of the plan say remain unanswered. 

By Min Xian/WPSU

Pennsylvania Wilds optimistic for economic rebound as tourists travel closer to home

Community leaders hope expanding recreation and tourism might help lift the economically distressed region out of years of divestment and population loss.

By Min Xian/WPSU

Penn State faculty call for more input in picking next president

More than 700 have signed an online petition started by Professor of Media Studies Mary Beth Oliver in support of more academic involvement in the search. 

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