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Zachariah Hughes covers the four large suburban counties surrounding Philadelphia. Prior to joining WHYY he lived in Alaska for seven years, reporting for the state’s public radio network on a wide range of topics, including local government, climate change, the opioid epidemic, military affairs, and many, many sled-dog races. His work has appeared on NPR, as well as in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and the Guardian. He grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and lived abroad in Turkey for a year before attending Harvard University.

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Philly area counties scramble to recruit more — and younger — poll workers for Election Day

The majority of Americans who work the polls during federal elections are older than 61, according to the Pew Research Center, which puts them at a higher health risk from COVID-19.

By Ximena Conde/WHYY and Zachariah Hughes/WHYY

Coalition calls on Montgomery County commissioner to resign or be removed from office

“One cannot simply pledge allegiance to the flag, and then turn around and then brand neighbors and fellow citizens as terrorists because they are marching in protest."
By Zachariah Hughes/WHYY



‘We did it, and we can do it’: A Bucks County Rosie helps fight a new foe

“This virus is actually like another war, and we’ve gotta pull together if we’re gonna conquer it.”

By Zachariah Hughes/WHYY

Facing fiscal peril, City of Chester is put into receivership

“The city’s legacy costs, which consist of debt, pension, and other post-employment benefits, continue to place enormous pressure on the city’s finances."
By Zachariah Hughes/WHYY

Pennsylania bars, restaurants say Gov. Tom Wolf’s temporary restrictions essentially bring them back to ‘yellow’

“It is really difficult to interpret the changes and feel comfortable that you’re interpreting them the right way."
By Zachariah Hughes/WHYY

Organizers scramble for signatures to block Norristown sewer sale

Many residents say they are skeptical of Aqua Pennsylvania’s record and are concerned that there’s not sufficient information available to the public.

By Zachariah Hughes/WHYY