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Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Rebecca Moss joins Spotlight PA from The Santa Fe New Mexican, where she covered the environment, nuclear waste, problems at assisted living facilities, and clergy abuse within the Catholic Church. As part of ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, she spent more than a year investigating serious worker health and safety problems at the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons facilities, as well as failures by the Department of Labor to fairly adjudicate workers’ compensation claims. The reporting led to Congressional efforts to preserve an independent nuclear safety board. The series also won the Association of Health Care Journalists’ Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism in the public health category and, in collaboration with Investigate TV, the National Headliner Award for environmental reporting. Prior to the New Mexican, she reported from Cambodia, where she covered public health and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Her work has also appeared in The Village Voice,, and Originally from New Mexico, she has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Latest by Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Updated: 2021-07-12 14:00:23

Department of Labor admits it overcharged unemployed Pennsylvanians millions of dollars

The agency will send millions in refunds to roughly 250,000 people after months of inquiries from Spotlight PA about the issue.

By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Anxiety runs high as Pa. begins massive overhaul of 60-year-old unemployment computer system

Claims will be put on hold until June 8 as the state makes an ambitious leap to a new, cloud-based benefits system. But experts warn this “all-at-once” approach often fails.
By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

As thousands of unemployment claims expire, Pennsylvanians refile, wait on federal benefits

Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians like McCreary have or will reach the end of their state unemployment benefits this month and next.

By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Victims of unemployment fraud in Pa. blindsided by tax documents

Thousands of apparent victims of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance fraud have received unexpected tax documents reporting income to the IRS they never took.
By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Stress, delays, and confusion still plague jobless in Pennsylvania, and January brought little relief

Lawmakers, experts, and union leaders agree that Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system needs massive overhauls, but that is unlikely to be enough to address the current unemployment crisis, if it happens at all.

By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Reform of secrecy law for Pa. utilities faces long odds despite agreement that it’s a problem

Lawmakers in both parties acknowledge the measure impedes government transparency and public safety, but powerful special interests stand in the way of any major changes.

By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

The coronavirus exploited failure of Pa. health officials to improve long-standing problems with nursing home oversight

The Wolf administration was repeatedly warned of dangerously low minimum staffing and weak and inconsistent inspections, all problems that could have made the outbreak worse.

By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Updated: 2020-05-20 14:43:00

FULL LIST: Pa. releases names of nursing homes with coronavirus cases, deaths

As the number of deaths inside Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities grew, lawmakers and advocates for seniors called on the state and federal government to release the list.
By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Updated: 2020-05-12 16:33:00

In major reversal, Gov. Tom Wolf says Pa. will begin weekly testing of nursing home residents, employees

In recent weeks, the state's top health official said this type of widespread testing was unrealistic, both because of a lack of supplies and the inaccuracy of tests.
By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Pa. had an early plan to protect nursing home residents from the coronavirus, but never fully implemented it

Similar measures to those envisioned were later put in place, but only after widespread outbreaks were already underway.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA and Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA