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Sam Dunklau, Capitol Bureau Chief

Sam Dunklau is the Capitol Bureau Chief for WITF. He previously covered Illinois state government for NPR member station WUIS in Springfield, IL.

Since 2015, Sam has been floating around the radio airwaves as a reporter, disc jockey, and station manager. He grew up in the small midwestern town of Paw Paw, Illinois and is a proud graduate of Augustana College.

Latest by Sam Dunklau


A private company examined 2020 ballots, hard drives from 2 Pa. counties

One of those counties asked that company, Speckin Forensics, for a review. It’s the latest development in a years-long effort to discredit Pennsylvania's result.
By Sam Dunklau

Updated: September 22, 2022 | 5:50 pm

Abortion, reproductive health takes center stage at the Pennsylvania Capitol

Anti-abortion activists gathered to rally for more restrictions to the procedure this week. The Wolf administration and a few Democrats pushed back by pointing out abortion is still legal.
By Sam Dunklau

Pennsylvania state lawmakers want to improve conditions for women in prison

A proposal that’s moving forward in the state legislature aims to make conditions a little better for pregnant women in Pennsylvania’s jails and prisons.

By Sam Dunklau

Pa. drivers could start buying custom license plates online under a House-approved bill

Pennsylvania drivers could have their pick of new license plate designs under a bill the state House is moving forward. 

By Sam Dunklau

The Pennsylvania state Senate’s election investigation gets its day in court – nearly a year after it started

Commonwealth Court judges are mulling whether the Republican-led probe into Pennsylvania’s election system can move forward.
By Sam Dunklau

Pennsylvania House advances 3 election law changes

Ideas dealing with ballot transportation, voter roll purges and candidate rules won near-unanimous support from a key House committee
By Sam Dunklau

Elections & autonomous cars are likely on the Pa. legislature’s fall agenda

Both parties say they’d like to vote on proposals like that before the end of the two-year session in November.
By Sam Dunklau

Kim Ward, Pa. Senate GOP, argue state legislatures should have sole power over elections

Lawyers for Pennsylvania Senate Republicans are weighing in on an election-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

By Sam Dunklau

A lawsuit window for Pa. survivors of childhood sexual abuse could open as early as next May

State legislative leaders say they’ll take a procedural vote on the proposal early next year. 2023 primary voters would then get to weigh in.
By Sam Dunklau

Pa. labor advocates push for changes aimed at bolstering working conditions ahead of Labor Day

Workplace safety and wage law changes, both perennial issues, are top of mind ahead of the Labor Day weekend.
By Sam Dunklau
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