Lucy Perkins


Lucy Perkins is a reporter/producer for 90.5 WESA’s Government and Accountability team. Before joining the 90.5 WESA newsroom, Lucy was an NPR producer in Washington, D.C., working on news programs like All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She also helped produce the Hidden Brain podcast and NPR’s 2016 election night special coverage. Lucy joined NPR as a Kroc fellow after interning with Michigan Radio. Lucy is a proud Midwesterner, from the tip of Michigan’s pinky finger.

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Democrat Pam Iovino has won the special election in state Senate District 37, riding a tide of support from unions and Democratic officials to beat Republican D. Raja. 

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Dozens of community activists and union supporters picketed outside the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday. They were upset with the way the Block family, which publishes the paper, has treated its employees.

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After rallying in support of the family of Antwon Rose Jr. in the Hill District on Saturday afternoon, a crowd of hundreds marched downtown, blocking streets and chanting “No justice, no peace!” and “Who did this? The police did this!”


Getting access to family planning and reproductive health care is already difficult for low-income Pennsylvanians in rural counties, but it could become more difficult under a pending rule from the Trump administration. The rule, which will go into effect May 3, makes sweeping changes to the federal Title X program.

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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey joined a 59-41 majority in the Senate to overturn President Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border on Thursday.


Sally Stapleton, managing editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said she will leave her position at the end of March, according to sources at the paper. She did not say why she was leaving and under what circumstances, in a brief announcement to the newsroom Tuesday.


Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate announced a bill to restore net neutrality protections on Wednesday.

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Western Pennsylvania lawmakers voted along predictable party lines Tuesday in a resolution to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration in a 245-182 vote.


Women's health providers are sounding the alarm after the Trump administration unveiled the final draft of a rule to cut federal funding for health care providers that perform abortions, or that refer patients to clinics that do so.

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Pittsburgh City Councilor Deb Gross has a Democratic challenger for the 7th district council seat in Deirdre Kane.

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Representative Guy Reschenthaler has only been in Congress for a couple months, representing a swath of rural southwestern Pennsylvania. But he's already criticized a bill to expand background checks for firearm purchases, and questioned former acting attorney general Matt Whitaker on Capitol Hill.

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There’s plenty of political division and polarization in Washington, DC., but not when it comes to the opioid crisis, according to Sen. Pat Toomey.


Keith Burris will lead the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as executive editor, “effective immediately,” according to a notice posted in the newsroom on Monday evening.


The publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette paid a “bizarre” visit to the newsroom at around 10 p.m. Saturday, according to newsroom employees who witnessed the events.


Congressman Guy Reschenthaler voiced strong opposition to a bipartisan House bill that would require background checks for every firearm sale, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

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Pittsburgh author Jonah Winter wants to make the founding fathers, the Voting Rights Act, and the Supreme Court accessible to kids.



President Trump is set to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress Tuesday evening, serving as an opportunity for the President to make the case for his agenda in the coming year.

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Federal employees at the Transportation Security Administration who worked without pay during the partial government shutdown are getting paid again now that the government is reopen.

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New voting security recommendations for Pennsylvania counties were released on Tuesday. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security, the bipartisan commission that authored the report, examined problems with the current voting machines being used, voter rolls, and how to detect and recover from attacks in the future.

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Hayley Haldeman will serve as the interim executive director of the Mattress Factory, beginning February 12. Haldeman currently sits on the museum’s Board of Directors, and will relinquish her position on the board, according to a press release.


As the partial government shutdown continues, Congress remains at an impasse. The House of Representatives has passed bipartisan bills that would reopen the government, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to bring any of those bills to the floor. The Senate may vote on spending bills later this week, but at this point there’s no end to the shutdown in sight. To talk more about what’s happening in Washington, 90.5 WESA’s Lucy Perkins spoke with Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey.

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Dozens of protesters gathered at the Pittsburgh International Airport on Friday, demanding an end the partial government shutdown. Nearly 250 TSA officers are working without pay in Pittsburgh.

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At the center of the government shutdown is President Trump’s proposal for a steel border wall. Trump pitched it as a big opportunity for steel companies.

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The City of Pittsburgh announced that the Bureau of Police plans to expand its domestic violence unit this year, using a $500,000 grant to improve training and create three new positions within the unit.


Americans who tuned in to hear President Donald Trump’s Tuesday evening primetime speech addressing border security, and the Democratic rebuttal, didn’t hear a lot of new information.

There are 23 state representatives and five state senators who represent Allegheny County in the state legislature. In the last legislative term, only one of those lawmakers was a woman.

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Recently elected members of Congress start their new jobs on Jan. 3, 2019. U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle (PA-18) is part of the group that assigns incoming House members to policy committees, which play a key role in shaping legislation.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Christmas tree farmers, especially in states like Oregon, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, where most of the country’s Christmas trees are grown.

A week before the Nov. 6 midterm election, Friendship resident Eric Stoller got a text message he wasn’t expecting.


David Shribman, the top editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said on Tuesday that he will be retiring at the end of this year.