Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

Sarah Anne Hughes is a deputy editor for Spotlight PA, helping oversee day-to-day news operations. She is a native Pennsylvanian who has helped lead newsrooms in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. She was previously associate editor of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star and a Report for America fellow with Billy Penn and The Incline covering the state legislature. Before returning to her home state, Sarah was managing editor of Washington City Paper, editor of DCist, and a reporter for The Washington Post. She is a 2019 National Fellow with the Center for Health Journalism, focusing on the decline of cash welfare for families in poverty.

Latest by Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA


Updated: June 10, 2021 | 5:20 pm

Legislature votes to immediately end Pa.’s coronavirus disaster declaration while keeping waivers in place

Republicans said terminating the emergency order was what Pennsylvanians demanded when they granted the legislative branch new powers during the May primary.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania’s 2022 race for governor: What we know so far

The outcome of the race will determine the balance of power in Harrisburg and could radically shape policies on everything from abortion to voting rights.
By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania voters backed curtailing Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency powers in a win for Republican lawmakers

The ballot questions were widely seen as a referendum on the Wolf administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

Independents can vote on ballot questions, and more things to know about the May 18 primary

All voters, regardless of affiliation, will be asked to weigh in on four ballot questions, including two proposed constitutional amendments that could significantly shape Pennsylvania’s future response to disasters like the coronavirus pandemic.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

Updated: April 26, 2021 | 6:10 pm

Pennsylvania will lose a U.S. House seat after redistricting

The widely expected loss of one of the state’s 18 congressional districts sets up a high-stakes redistricting process.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA and Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA