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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

Pa. Senate committee approves bill to ban transgender women from women’s sports

A Pennsylvania Senate committee is advancing a measure that would ban transgender women from competing in women’s sports at public schools.

By Sam Dunklau

Updated: May 20, 2022 | 12:25 am

Pennsylvania’s 2 state budget leaders experience used against them in the primary

Both Wendy Fink and Jarrett Coleman, who challenged Rep. Stan Saylor and Sen. Pat Browne, made criticism of their length of tenure central to their campaigns.
By Sam Dunklau

Doug Mastriano, who tried to overturn Pa.’s 2020 election results, wins crowded Pennsylvania GOP primary for governor

Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano has emerged as the winner from a crowded Republican primary for governor, according to a race call from The Associated Press.

By Sam Dunklau

Central Pennsylvania Democrats will soon choose their nominee for the 10th Congressional race

A Harrisburg city council member and Carlisle Area School Board member are vying to lead Democrats against five-term Republican Scott Perry.

By Sam Dunklau

Updated: May 12, 2022 | 4:51 pm

Jake Corman drops out of Pa. governor’s race, endorses Lou Barletta

Pennsylvania Senate President Jake Corman ended his bid for the republican nod to run for governor and endorsed Lou Barletta.

By Sam Dunklau

Updated: May 13, 2022 | 3:05 pm

Pennsylvania ACLU and Lancaster County commissioners fight over ballot drop box removal in court

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is suing Lancaster’s commissioners over a decision to not offer a ballot drop box for the primary.

By Sam Dunklau

Pennsylvania already has some abortion restrictions, but a new governor and General Assembly could change that.

GOP Gubernatorial candidates strongly support keeping or expanding Pa.’s abortion restrictions, while House and Senate leadership isn’t ruling out bills to do that.
By Sam Dunklau

Hundreds honor 4 fallen Pennsylvania State Police troopers with tributes, salutes, and prayers

The crowd attended the first in-person memorial service held in honor of fallen troopers since the pandemic began.

By Sam Dunklau

Pennsylvania dance teachers wanting easier state certification rules get lawmakers to strut their stuff

Pennsylvania dance teachers say the state’s certification process for their field needs to be streamlined.

By Sam Dunklau

On back-to-back nights, Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate candidates show their differences on voting rights and democracy

Between parties and candidates, the state’s Senate hopefuls vary widely on the issue.
By Sam Dunklau