Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons is a veteran western Pennsylvania journalist who has covered people and trends in politics and business for local and national publications. Follow her on Threads @social_kimly

Wolf: Pa. ‘won’t be flipping a switch’ as it reopens; May 8 targeted for north-central, NWPA

By: - April 22, 2020

The Democratic governor outlined a color-coded reopening plan, with counties moving from red, to yellow, to green as the threat recedes.

Wolf admin. orders businesses to require face masks for workers, customers

By: - April 15, 2020

The order is effective immediately and will be enforced beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. Under the order, most businesses must bar non-essential visitors who are not wearing masks from the premises. 

COVID-19 in Pa.: Wolf signs order allowing allowing state to move personal protective equipment and ventilators among healthcare facilities

By: - April 8, 2020

Under the order, which applies to both private and public healthcare providers, suppliers and manufacturers, Pa. will pay for the equipment.

Together, apart: How funerals and mourning have changed in Pa. during the COVID-19 pandemic

By: - April 2, 2020

Funeral directors in Pennsylvania may not be on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus, says East Pittsburgh funeral home owner Patrick Lanigan, but they’re definitely on the back lines, providing a crucial service to families in mourning. But now, with the entire state of Pennsylvania under a stay-at-home order and rules limiting […]

Emergency fund has raised more than $20K for Pittsburgh artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

By: - March 26, 2020

Artists, who often don't have 9-5 jobs, have been scrambling to make ends meet since the pandemic closed down businesses in the Steel City.

These W.Pa. women pols asked ‘WTF Pittsburgh?’ so they started a PAC to do something about it

By: - March 5, 2020

Since its formation in 2016, Women for the Future of Pittsburgh have raised $47,000 and helped get 12 women elected to public office.


A western Pennsylvania school district ran out of paper. That’s everything you need to know about school funding in Pa. | Analysis

By: - February 18, 2020

Yes. People stepped up to help. But this isn't a feel-good story. It's a giant red flag on the inequities in school funding in Pennsylvania.