Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Welcome to the Capital-Star 2.0

BY: - August 1, 2023

So I’m not exactly new around here, but I’ll be taking on a new role and thought it was time to formally introduce myself. I’ve covered Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania on and off for the Capital-Star pretty much since its inception, so I know what a great team founding editor John Micek built here. He […]

Pa.’s review of medical cannabis vape products confuses and worries patients

BY: - December 7, 2021

'It was unprecedented, and scared a lot of people,' an advocate says of the state's abrupt review, which could result in some products being pulled from the market.

A Keystone Election: Meet the 2021 candidates for Pittsburgh mayor

BY: - April 21, 2021

Mayor Bill Peduto has three challengers for the Democratic nomination this time around, all of whom are shining a spotlight on the two-term mayor’s record. 

Feeding the beasts: How a Pa. aquarium and an aviary weathered the COVID-19 crisis

BY: and - June 19, 2020

In Scranton and Pittsburgh, zoo, aviary and aquarium workers have faced their own challenges during the pandemic. Here's how they made it through.

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.


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.