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


Updated: December 7, 2021 | 7:03 pm

Pa. Senate election probe contract doesn’t say if the public will see the results, among other things

The $275,250 contract is revealing more details about the Republican-led probe, which is taking place without evidence of widespread fraud or irregularities.

By Sam Dunklau

Updated: December 2, 2021 | 7:21 pm

Wolf adds to mounting veto tally, kills permitless-gun bill

According to online state records, Wolf has penned his 52nd veto with 13 months left in his second term. That’s more than any other governor since Milton Shapp, who left office in 1979.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press and Sam Dunklau

Oz faces residency questions as he begins his U.S. Senate campaign. The law appears to be on his side

One political observer says residency might still become a problem for him on the campaign trail.

By Sam Dunklau

State, industries say money from federal infrastructure deal will help Pennsylvania, but it only goes so far

Pa. projects will likely take more money and time than the federal infrastructure deal offers.

By Sam Dunklau

Updated: December 2, 2021 | 9:19 am

At a key Pa. port complex, long-term problems and short-term staffing issues are colliding

To speed up the flow of goods at the Port of Philadelphia, trucking and marine shipping experts say more workers and facility improvements are needed.

By Sam Dunklau

The Pa. House could vote on broad election law changes as soon as next month

House Republicans have hoped to enact the measure that would touch everything from voter ID to deadlines for nearly a year.

By Sam Dunklau

Perry tapped as next head of House Freedom Caucus

The midstate Republican congressman is a founding member of the group, which has spent the last six years urging Congressional Republicans to embrace conservatism.

By Sam Dunklau

Pa.’s share of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal won’t arrive for a while

Some obstacles remain before much of that money starts flowing to projects in the Keystone State.

By Sam Dunklau

Pa. is poised to get billions from the Biden-backed infrastructure bill

Rail and road fixes, water projects and wildfire prevention are among the things that will get a big financial boost once President Biden inks the trillion-plus dollar deal.

By Sam Dunklau

Measure banning private grants for election ops clears key Pa. House committee

Under the bill, the Department of State would be banned from accepting any private donations to pay for election operations.

By Sam Dunklau
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