Sarah Anne Hughes

Sarah Anne Hughes

Associate Editor Sarah Anne Hughes covers the governor and Pennsylvania's agencies. Before joining the Capital-Star, she was the state capitol reporter for Billy Penn and The Incline, and a 2018 corps member for Report for America. She was previously managing editor of Washington City Paper, editor-in-chief of DCist, and a national blogger for The Washington Post.


Some counties are paying a lot more for less secure voting machines | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - August 16, 2019

A new analysis from Pitt Cyber and Citizens for Better Elections finds that some county voters are paying nearly double for new voting machines compared to their neighbors.

Gov. Wolf, state lawmakers join Philadelphia Mayor Kenney to call for gun control after six officers shot

By: and - August 15, 2019

Meanwhile, in a private email chain shared with every House lawmaker, Republicans pointed to the alleged shooter’s criminal record to question how additional restrictions would have made a difference. 


Wolf plans executive order on gun violence, as Philadelphia reels from shooting | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - August 15, 2019

Good morning, fellow seekers. John is taking a well-deserved vacation, which means it’s up to me — Associate Editor Sarah Anne Hughes — to get your morning going with an abbreviated version of the Coffee. Don’t worry: He’ll be back Tuesday. On Wednesday, a man in a North Philadelphia neighborhood opened fire on police attempting to serve […]

In one month, 3,000 Pennsylvanians with anxiety certified for medical marijuana

By: - August 14, 2019

That number has been growing by about 1,000 people a week since certifications began July 20.

President Trump is visiting Pennsylvania’s cracker plant. Here’s what you need to know about the project

By: - August 13, 2019

The project is almost a decade in the making, and has been hailed by lawmakers as an economic success story — and by environmentalists as a potential disaster. Here's what you need to know.

Wolf’s natural gas-backed infrastructure plan enjoys majority support, new Franklin & Marshall poll finds

By: - August 8, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf's $4.5 billion infrastructure plan is controversial inside the Capitol building in Harrisburg.

Wolf calls for ‘swift passage’ of red flag law, universal background checks in wake of El Paso, Dayton shootings

By: - August 7, 2019

The legislation would allow Pennsylvania judges to issue extreme risk protection orders, which give family members and law enforcement the right to petition a court to temporarily disarm a person deemed at-risk of harming himself or others.

Preemption, explained: How Pennsylvania’s biggest city and the Legislature grapple over power

By: - July 26, 2019

Preemption is something that comes up during a number of hot-button debates in Pennsylvania, from gun control to paid sick leave.

How Pa. nonprofits are leveraging federal funds to get food stamp recipients into jobs

By: - July 24, 2019

For every dollar one of these nonprofits spends training someone who receives food stamps, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, they're eligible for a 50-cent reimbursement from the federal government.

Advocates for poor Pennsylvanians sue over elimination of cash assistance program

By: - July 22, 2019

Community Legal Services and Disability Rights Pennsylvania are seeking preliminary injunction to prevent the program from ending Aug. 1, as currently scheduled. 

As Pa. faces home-care worker ‘crisis,’ lawmakers set the stage for a small wage increase

By: - July 18, 2019

The median wage for home-care workers is under $12. A budget bill could mean an increase.