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Scott Blanchard, Editor

Scott Blanchard is Director of Journalism at WITF and oversees StateImpact Pennsylvania, an award-winning public media collaboration among WITF, WHYY in Philadelphia, and The Allegheny Front in Pittsburgh that covers the state’s energy economy.

Blanchard was named StateImpact editor in 2017, and in 2021 became senior editor for WITF and StateImpact. He was named WITF's journalism director in February 2022. Previously, he was enterprise editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, where he led the newsroom’s investigative and projects reporting. He was a 2013 Ochberg Fellow, receiving training at Columbia University in PTSD science, self-help and peer support. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors. A Rockville, Md., native, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s journalism school.

Latest by Scott Blanchard

The CDC now recommends Pfizer boosters after 5 months, down from 6

Recommendations for booster shots for those who initially received vaccines made by Moderna or Johnson & Johnson have not changed.

By Scott Blanchard

Countering the big lie: WITF newsroom’s coverage will connect lawmakers with their election-fraud actions

As part of WITF’s commitment to factual reporting, and because the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6 threatened America itself, we will use language in our reporting to show how elected officials’ actions supported the election-fraud lie that led to the insurrection.

By Tim Lambert and Scott Blanchard

WITF’s ‘America Amplified’ strategy had to adapt — but the listening continues

We can’t physically bring people together, and our travel is limited. But we’re still listening.

By Scott Blanchard

What we know about Scott Perry, Trump, the DOJ and the plan to overturn Georgia’s election

Rep. Scott Perry, a fifth-term Republican who represents Dauphin and portions of York and Cumberland counties, has acknowledged being involved in President Trump’s attempt to overturn legally certified election results in Georgia.

By Scott Blanchard

Updated: January 6, 2021 | 7:31 pm

Pa. lawmakers who support Trump’s election falsehoods respond to insurrection at U.S. Capitol

Pennsylvania Republican members have supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of an election that county, state and federal judges and public officials of both political parties, and election experts, have concluded was free and fair. 

By Scott Blanchard

Updated: August 26, 2021 | 5:58 pm

COVID-19 in Pennsylvania: The latest data and charts

Take a look at the latest information about cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations.

By Lisa Wardle and Scott Blanchard

Wolf closes Pa. schools for 10 days because of coronavirus

Gov. Tom Wolf is closing all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania for two weeks “to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities.”

By Scott Blanchard