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The Pennsylvania Capital-Star is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news site dedicated to honest and aggressive coverage of state government, politics and policy.

The nearly 13 million people who call the commonwealth home depend on their interests being safeguarded by one of the nation’s largest, most expensive, and often inefficient and corrupt full-time state legislatures. The actions of the legislative, executive and judicial branches touch on almost every aspect of Pennsylvanians’ daily lives.

At a time with regrettably fewer eyes on Harrisburg, the Capital-Star is a new voice that holds the powerful to account and amplifies the stories of the powerless.

The Capital-Star’s staff includes veterans of the Patriot-News, Morning Call, Billy Penn, PLS Reporter, TheBurg, and Washington City Paper. Expect in-depth original reporting, videos that inform the daily discourse, explainers on complex topics, features that ground policy debates, as well as progressive commentary on a range of issues. What you won’t find? Ads, pop-ups, or a paywall.

The Capital-Star is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by a coalition of donors.

Read our ethics policy here.

STAFF

Editor-in-Chief
All posts by John L. Micek

An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief.

Before joining the Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites.

Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count.

Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.

He lives in suburban Harrisburg with his wife and daughter.

Associate Editor
All posts by Sarah Anne Hughes

Sarah Anne Hughes, a Pennsylvania native, has been an editor and reporter for a decade. Before joining the Capital-Star, she was the state capitol reporter for local news sites Billy Penn (Philadelphia) and The Incline (Pittsburgh), and a 2018 corps member for Report for America.

Hughes previously lived in the District of Columbia, where she was managing editor of the alt-weekly Washington City Paper, editor-in-chief of news site DCist, and a national blogger for The Washington Post. She’s a graduate of American University and lives in Lancaster with her partner Matt and terrier Rudy.

Reporter
All posts by Stephen Caruso

Pennsylvania Capital-Star staff reporter Stephen Caruso can often be spotted enthusiastically combing the hallways and climbing the stairs of the state Capitol building.

A New York native, Caruso holds a degree in economics from The University of Pittsburgh. But he was drawn into reporting through a position at the student newspaper, The Pitt News, where he wrote, photographed, designed and edited his way into a journalism career covering sports, campus life and the 2016 presidential race.

Caruso worked at Pittsburgh City Paper and PublicSource, before moving to Harrisburg to work for The PLS Reporter. When he’s not reporting, he enjoys working out, watching baseball, cooking, and playing board games.

Reporter
All posts by Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison most recently covered municipal government, schools, courts and business in Harrisburg as a city reporter for TheBurg Magazine. Her print and web stories for TheBurg won four Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association in 2017, including honors for feature writing and general news coverage.

She is a 2016 graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where she studied English Literature and French and edited the student newspaper. Before starting her career in journalism, she spent a year teaching English in Indonesia on a Fulbright scholarship.