Brett Sholtis, Reporter

Brett Sholtis is WITF’s Transforming Health reporter, covering health policy and community health issues that affect Pennsylvanians. Brett strives to share personal stories that have a tie to broad issues and emerging trends. He seeks to give voice to diverse viewpoints, including those of people living with mental illness, disability and those living in poverty. He plays a key role in WITF’s mental health series, Through the Cracks, which reports on problem areas in mental health services and efforts to reduce stigma around those living with behavioral disorders. Previously, Brett was a business reporter at the York Daily Record, where his work included award-winning examinations of the nuclear power industry and food safety. He is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis


‘Serious lung injuries’ tied to vaping draw state Health Department inquiry

Centers for Disease Control reports six deaths and more than 450 cases nationwide.
By Brett Sholtis

Free overdose-reversing drug naloxone will be distributed this month across Pennsylvania

The drug will be available at 95 locations across the state on Sept. 18 and 25.
By Brett Sholtis


Man who died after eight days in Dauphin County prison had rare medical condition, coroner says

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick says there are no signs physical trauma contributed to the man's death.
By Brett Sholtis

Pennsylvania gets $55.9 million to help people living with opioid addiction

Funds have been used for a wide range of services, such as providing medication-assisted treatment, hiring care workers and helping people with things like housing, transportation and employment.

By Brett Sholtis

Department of Corrections recommends changes to monitoring parolees after recent homicides

Internal report following a string of killings allegedly by people out on parole
By Brett Sholtis

Environmental group finds dangerous E. coli levels in Susquehanna River

Environmental Integrity Project is calling on the state to help fix Harrisburg’s sewer and stormwater system. The water authority is considering adding a stormwater impact fee to city residents and property owners to help pay for upgrades.

By Brett Sholtis

Updated: August 16, 2019 | 4:37 pm

Gov. Tom Wolf signs executive order on gun violence

The order includes nearly two dozen actions, such as sharing gun violence data with other states and expanding programs to spot warning signs for potential mass shooters and monitoring hate groups.

By Ed Mahon and Brett Sholtis

Updated: August 14, 2019 | 10:46 pm

Philly shooting prompts Gov. Wolf to delay gun violence executive order

He planned to sign the order on Thursday.
By Ed Mahon and Brett Sholtis

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