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Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Local Accountability Reporter
Email: mxian@spotlightpa.org
Twitter: @minxian_
Telephone: (267) 618-6677
Signal: (267) 618-6677
Focus: Local government accountability

Central and northern Pennsylvania is home to vast natural beauty, historic towns with changing economies, and a diverse mix of social-political values. Xian reports on how local governments are run and how public dollars are spent, with a focus on how public and private forces shape ordinary life in this region.

Before joining Spotlight PA, Xian covered local government and rural issues for the region’s NPR affiliate, WPSU. Originally from southern China, she has called State College home since 2013.

Latest by Min Xian/SpotlightPA


Penn State did not prove its legal standing to have public court filing sealed, experts say

Penn State did not prove it had legal standing to request the sealing of a case related to alleged sexual extortion against two of the university’s student athletes, legal experts said.

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Pennsylvania takes first step to join federal government’s $45 billion “Internet for All” initiative

Under the initiative, three programs will spend $45 billion on building broadband infrastructure, reducing connection costs and promoting equitable access.

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Workers at The Meadows in Centre County will have to wait for unionization results after the hospital challenges some votes

Workers at the Meadows Psychiatric Center in Centre County cast their votes on a union petition Wednesday and Thursday. But the votes will not be counted until a dispute over whose votes should count is resolved.

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Average number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients ‘highest it’s been’ at Mount Nittany

As of the morning of Dec. 6, 66 patients were hospitalized at Mount Nittany for COVID-19

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Centre Volunteers in Medicine vaccinates nearly 2,000 kids ages 5-11 this week

Kids under 12 get one third the dosage in their Pfizer vaccines and will return after three weeks for a second shot.

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

State College Borough Council appoints nine inaugural members to Community Oversight Board

The State College Borough Council appointed during its Monday night meeting nine members to the Community Oversight Board, which was created to increase transparency and accountability of the State College Police Department.

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Unofficial results of Municipal Elections in Centre County, Blair County Second Amendment sanctuaries

Voters in Blair County cast ballots on declaring their municipalities so-called “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.”

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Voters in the City of DuBois and Sandy Township approve consolidation of the two municipalities

The merger passed in DuBois by more than a two-to-one margin with 1,228 votes for and 536 against. It narrowly passed in Sandy Township, whose largest community is Treasure Lake, by 1,574 to 1,541. Passage in both municipalities was required for the consolidation.

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Advisers to Governor Wolf hear from Central Pa. residents about drawing the next Congressional district map

Central Pennsylvania residents said they want to see communities kept intact when it comes to congressional redistricting during a listening session with Governor Tom Wolf’s Redistricting Advisory Council Monday.

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

There’s a shortage of school psychologists. So why is Penn State’s College of Education closing its School Psychology Ph.D. program?

The program’s goal is to train students to specialize in combining psychology and education practices.

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA
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