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Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA

Investigative Reporter
Twitter: @News4Mass
Focus: Penn State University

Massey investigates how Penn State University operates, including its influence in the region and state. The university receives more than $300 million in funding from the state but evades most transparency measures under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law. Massey scrutinizes the main University Park campus as well as the university’s 19 additional branch campuses.

A native of rural Wisconsin, Massey previously covered faith and religion for the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Southeast Tennessee.

Latest by Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA

Penn State Health halts liver transplants as national oversight body reviews program

Penn State voluntarily inactivated its liver transplant program after concerns about clinical processes and documentation were identified.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA and Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA

Penn State increases transparency into misconduct reports. Here’s what the data say.

Bias and human resources issues were the most common misconduct reports Penn State received in January and February 2024. The data offer the first public look into the ethics office in years.

By Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA

Penn State trustee scolded for making ‘spectacle’ in push to name football field after Joe Paterno

Board leadership suggested in a letter to Trustee Anthony Lubrano that the proposal should have been deliberated during a private executive session — a move that would likely have been inconsistent with Pennsylvania’s open meetings law.

By Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA

5 takeaways from Spotlight PA’s event on education transparency and holding public school officials accountable

Learn what Pennsylvania education records you can access, how to monitor leaders in your area, and what to do if you believe officials are not following the law.
By Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA

What a proposed performance-based funding model could mean for Penn State, other state-related universities

The performance-based funding model proposed by Gov. Josh Shapiro would tie state support for Penn State, Pitt, Temple, and Lincoln to metrics such as graduation rates or retention.

By Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA

Updated: February 29, 2024 | 11:17 am

Before Penn State pledged more money for ‘promising’ diversity efforts, some of their budgets had been cut

A faculty member said Penn State’s promise to better fund existing DEI programs felt like “an attempt to pit people against one another.”
By Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA

Trustees drop proposal to name Penn State football field after Joe Paterno in heated meeting

A trustee proposed naming the field Friday, but withdrew the resolution minutes later after objections from Paterno’s son, Jay Paterno, who said it’s not the time to honor his father.
By Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA

Penn State plans to slash $94M from budget, including deep cuts to Commonwealth Campuses

University trustees will vote on the proposed budget this summer, which could cut $54 million from the Commonwealth Campuses.

By Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA

State funding for Penn State, Pitt, and Temple hasn’t kept pace with inflation, data show

Over the past 17 years, the Pennsylvania legislature has approved either flat or decreased funding, when adjusted for inflation, to the four-state related universities.

By Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA

Public gets more insight into Penn State’s inner workings following new law, internal report

A monthslong funding debate in the Pennsylvania legislature resulted in greater transparency rules for state-related universities and Penn State’s new accountability report.
By Wyatt Massey/SpotlightPA