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.
Maura Pennington is an education reporter for Pennsylvania Independent.
An Arlington, Virginia native, Maura Pennington will be writing on local education issues in Philadelphia. Maura has been a Forbes Magazine op-ed contributor since 2011, writing on topics ranging from Millennial startups to Robin Hood as a libertarian hero. Before that, she worked as Development Coordinator at the Cato Institute.
She graduated from Dartmouth in 2009 with a degree in Russian Language and Literature and spent time living in St. Petersburg. She says her “study of Soviet culture greatly influenced my perspective on individual liberty and the role of the state.”
Maura has experience teaching and tutoring. That accounts for her eagerness to report on local education issues.
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.