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


Pa. gun rights supporters rally around right to bear arms at annual Capitol event

Gun owners, supporters, and a swath of GOP state lawmakers argue gun ownership and use is under threat.

By Sam Dunklau

At Middletown rally, Trump exhorts crowd but repeats falsehoods on election process, fracking

President Trump and Democratic contender Joe Biden see stumping in Pennsylvania as key to their political fortunes.

By Sam Dunklau

Pa. lawmakers introduce bill banning hair discrimination

The group of legislators say Black and Brown people naturally wear their hair in a variety of styles, but get disproportionately disciplined or excluded for doing so.

By Sam Dunklau

Where Pennsylvania’s US senators stand on replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Republican Pat Toomey remains silent on whether he’ll support an effort to confirm Ginsberg’s replacement before the election. Democrat Bob Casey says it’s best to wait until after.

By Sam Dunklau

DePasquale promises to problem solve and put aside DC ‘trappings’ in 10th Congressional bid

WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Sam Dunklau recently sat down with DePasquale to get to know the man who’s trying to unseat Republican incumbent Scott Perry.

By Sam Dunklau

Wolf renews calls for election code changes, criticizes state and federal Republicans over pandemic response

Gov. Tom Wolf renewed his call to state lawmakers Monday to approve election code changes.

By Sam Dunklau

Constitutional law expert: U.S. District Court ruling against Wolf administration is more symbolic than practical

The Pittsburgh federal judge’s ruling may have little effect on Pennsylvania’s pandemic-related restrictions.

By Sam Dunklau


Pa. Health Secretary: no fans at sports games anytime soon, credits uptick in new COVID cases to college and university settings

Both Allegheny and Centre counties are seeing surges in population thanks to university students. Both reported more than 100 new cases each Friday.

By Sam Dunklau

Pa. senators consider harsher penalties for drivers who don’t move over for emergency vehicles

An existing state law says drivers are supposed to slow down and move over for emergency and service vehicles with their lights or sirens on. But supporters say too many drivers are ignoring it.

By Sam Dunklau
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