What is Pennsylvania Independent?
Pennsylvania Independent is a public interest journalism project dedicated to promoting open, transparent, and accountable state government by reporting on the activities of agencies, bureaucracies, and politicians in Pennsylvania. Our mission is to promote greater civic engagement and encourage discussion about public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide importance.
Pennsylvania Independent is a project of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a national non-profit journalism organization. Our reporters adhere to the highest standards of professional journalism and follow the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics.
Who are we competing against?
In short, no one. Our goal is not to displace the remaining reporters on The Hill, but to enhance the coverage of statehouse news for the citizens of Pennsylvania and provide other media outlets with reliable statehouse coverage.
Are you really non-partisan?
Without a doubt. We don’t care about political parties; we care about the facts of the matter. If you are engaging in activities that harm the public interest, we’ll come after you whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or whatever. We endeavor to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable – at least those who have become comfortable abusing their power and the public trust.
Aren’t you biased?
Everyone is biased. Anyone who suggests they aren’t is lying. We all have a lens through which we look at the world and events, and reporters are no different. But having a bias doesn’t mean you can have your own facts. The facts are the facts, and Pennsylvania Independent is committed to providing them to you. We’re not asking you to just trust us. Test us by reading and commenting on our stories.
Who funds Pennsylvania Independent?
People like you! Pennsylvania Independent is funded through voluntary contributions to the Franklin Center. We neither seek nor accept taxpayer grants or public subsidies, and we do not engage in contract work, fee for service, or quid pro quo contributions.
We do, however, protect the identity and ensure the anonymity of our financial supporters — our reporters and editors don’t even know who is funding their journalistic endeavor, eliminating any potential conflict of interest between those reporting the news and those who are paying the bills.
Andrew Staub is the Harrisburg bureau chief and news reporter for Pennsylvania Independent.
Staub is a 2009 graduate of Penn State University and previously lived in Delaware, where he covered Wilmington for The News Journal. He worked for The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., before that, covering the city.
He grew up just outside of Hanover, Pa., and now lives in New Freedom, Pa.
Rachel Martin is a news reporter for Pennsylvania Independent covering state and local government issues in western Pennsylvania.
Rachel is an escaped lawyer who writes from Pittsburgh. If she had a hometown, it would be Morgantown, West Virginia, though she’s originally from Missouri – which is why she says y’all, but without much of an accent.
Martin was a copy editor and occasional writer in college and graduated pre-vet from West Virginia University – with minors in economics and political science. She then graduated from WVU’s College of Law and got licensed in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Her odd education is perhaps matched by her odd career path.
Rachel looks forward to helping ferret out waste, fraud, and abuse in southwestern Pennsylvania and elsewhere. If you have an idea for a story, please drop a line.
Evan Grossman is an education reporter for Pennsylvania Independent covering Philadelphia and its schools. Email Evan here.
Eric Boehm is contributing editor for Pennsylvania Independent.
He covers legislative activity in the Pennsylvania State Capitol and writes national pieces for Watchdog.org.
Eric received his B.A. from Fairfield University in 2009. He joined the Pennsylvania Independent in January 2010 and served as bureau chief from July 2010 through June 2013. His work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Freeman, Reason Magazine, National Review Online and dozens of newspapers.
Eric currently resides in Minneapolis, and enjoys traveling whenever possible.