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Our Staff


Cara Williams Fry

Cara Williams Fry
Chief Content Officer
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Cara has been the Chief Content Officer (CCO) at WITF since 2010. Previously, she worked at NBC Enterprises as the Supervising Producer of a National Wildlife show. She has created multiple national, regional and statewide collaborations in her 30-year career and PA Post is the newest challenge.

As CCO of PA Post, Cara is committed to building a statewide team of journalist who will help inform and unite the citizens of Pennsylvania.


Russ Walker

Russ Walker
Executive Editor
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Russ Walker joined PA Post in 2019 as executive editor. He previously worked at KING 5 News, the NBC-affiliated TV station serving Seattle and Western Washington. At KING, Russ oversaw the award-winning investigative unit and managed the newsroom’s daily operations. His background includes stints as an editor for POLITICO, washingtonpost.com, FreedomChannel.com, American Health Line and U.N. Wire. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Russ and his wife, journalist and cookbook author Kim O’Donnel, live in Lancaster.


Ed Mahon

Ed Mahon
Reporter & The Context Producer
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Ed Mahon is a reporter for PA Post.
Previously, he was an investigative and political reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News, where his work revealed holes in Pennsylvania’s system for protecting victims of domestic violence.

He grew up in Delaware County, graduated from La Salle University in Philadelphia and has lived in Pennsylvania most of his life.


Emily Previti

Emily Previti
Reporter & The Context Producer
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Emily is a reporter and newsletter producer for statehouse accountability news organization PA Post, and the senior reporter for statewide public media collaboration Keystone Crossroads. She previously covered city hall for PennLive/The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) and The Press of Atlantic City, after reporting for the Northwest Herald. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.


Joseph Jaafari

Joseph Darius Jaafari
Reporter & The Context Producer
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Joseph Darius Jaafari is a staff writer for the PA Post. His work covering crime, the military and LGBTQ issues has been featured in The Marshall Project, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Atlantic and The New York Times. He is a graduate of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced for VICE and The New York Post. He is a native Arizonan and infamous for his love of tacos.


Elizabeth Arias

Elizabeth Arias
Development Manager
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Elizabeth is the Development Manager for PA Post. She previously worked in fundraising for Team Pennsylvania, a state-wide economic development non-profit, and is currently finishing her Masters in Public Administration at Penn State University. She is a self-proclaimed public radio nerd and is passionate about providing access to reliable information across the commonwealth. Contact her if you’d like to find out how you can financially support PA Post.


Kate Landis

Kate Landis
Events Manager
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Kate Landis is the events manager for PA Post.  Previously, she worked at the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association where she was responsible for member services and events.  She resides in Harrisburg with her dog, Quincy, is an avid camper, coaches CrossFit and competes in the sport regionally.


Lisa Wardle

Lisa Wardle
Digital Manager
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Lisa works with the PA Post team of reporters, editors and its audience to create engaging content for digital platforms. She previously worked as an entertainment reporter and digital producer at PennLive/The Patriot-News, a copy editor at The Sentinel and a writer for a pet industry magazine.


Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson
Director of Technology
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Matt is the head of the Information Systems and Digital Services teams for WITF and PA Post. He and his staff are responsible for design, development, analytics, systems integrations, and generally all things digital.


Melody Antioho

Melody Antioho
Digital Product Manager
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Melody focuses on interactive projects and digital support. She primarily handles analytics and dashboards, email marketing, and web design. She has a degree in Digital Media.


Tom Downing

Tom Downing
Senior Web Designer
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In addition to web design, Tom is an accomplished animator and motion graphic artist. Always striving to improve and enhance his skill-set, Tom is ready to jump into any project on a moment’s notice.


Joe Ulrich

Joe Ulrich
Audio Specialist
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Joe has been working with audio since he was a teenager. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences.


Kathleen Pavelko

Kathleen Pavelko
Founder & Consultant
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Kathleen is the founder of PA Post and continues her ongoing involvement as a consultant. Kathleen retired after 19 years as President & CEO of WITF. She previously served as President of Prairie Public Broadcasting and COO of Penn State Public Broadcasting. She’s been responsible for legislative coverage in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Dakota and worked as journalist in Athens, Greece and in London. PA Post is a personal priority for Kathleen because of her affection for, and commitment to, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Other Contributors

Tim Lambert

Tim Lambert/WITF
Contributing Editor
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Tim has served as multimedia news director at public radio station WITF in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, since 2011, where he has helped oversee an expansion of the department to six full-time journalists. He will also be one of the Editors for PA Post.

Lambert is originally from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania and has worked in journalism for 25 years. He is a five-time recipient of the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) National Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in digital and broadcast journalism.


Scott Blanchard

Scott Blanchard/StateImpact Pennsylvania
Contributing Editor
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Scott Blanchard helps lead the PA Post team in its pursuit of contextual, deep-dive, accountability journalism. He is editor of StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media collaboration among WITF, WHYY, WESA and The Allegheny Front that covers the state’s energy economy.

Before joining StateImpact, Blanchard was enterprise editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, where he led the newsroom’s investigative and projects reporting. He was a 2013 Ochberg Fellow, receiving training at Columbia University in PTSD science, self-help and peer support. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors. A Rockville, Md., native, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s journalism school.


Brett Sholtis

Brett Sholtis/Transforming Health
Reporter
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Brett Sholtis is a reporter for PA Post. He’s also WITF’s Transforming Health reporter, focusing on health policy and personal health issues. Brett previously worked as a business reporter for York Daily Record. He’s a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.


Keira McGuire

Keira McGuire/Transforming Health
Multimedia Producer
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Keira is a health reporter and multimedia producer for PA Post. She also hosts and produces the Emmy Award winning show HealthSmart, as well as other shows and documentaries for WITF’s Original Productions. Keira previously worked at WBFF in Baltimore and WMDT in Salisbury as a reporter and anchor. She’s a graduate of Towson University.