Laura Benshoff, WHYY

Laura Benshoff covers the suburbs for WHYY, 91 FM. Originally from Raleigh, N.C., Laura hasn't had a southern accent in years. She moved to Montreal for college before landing in Philadelphia in 2012.

Latest by Laura Benshoff, WHYY

Catholic Church lobbying costs spiked in Pa. as statute of limitations debate raged

The Catholic Church spent more on lobbying efforts in Pennsylvania than in seven other northeastern U.S. states combined, according to a recent report covering 2011-2018.

By Laura Benshoff, WHYY

Supreme Court rejects appeal over Berks County school’s transgender bathroom policy

“Throughout the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania public schools have been looking at this case as the bellwether for student inclusion.”
By Laura Benshoff, WHYY

VisionQuest employees: ‘It’s not safe for us … How would it be safe for the kids?’

The organization plans to house 60 teenage immigrant boys who crossed the U.S. border illegally or presented themselves at a port of entry.
By Laura Benshoff, WHYY

Get ready for Montgomery County’s new modern voting system: Paper ballots

Each Pennsylvania county must pick which pre-approved system they’ll adopt by the end of this year.
By Laura Benshoff, WHYY

In Philly suburbs, readers see more ‘ghost newspapers’ as hedge funds cut costs

“When you look at those Montgomery News sites, what you see is a ‘ghost newspaper’ trending towards not covering critical information needs.”
By Laura Benshoff, WHYY

Pa. landscaping companies vie for some of added summer work visas

"If we didn't have these workers, we'd collapse."
By Laura Benshoff, WHYY

Cuban immigrants detained by ICE in York for more than a year, despite federal court ruling

“We … came to this great country fleeing the oppression and persecutions Cubans suffer at the hands of the established dictatorship."
By Laura Benshoff, WHYY

‘Invisible’ victims: Survivors of sexual abuse by nuns demand to be counted

“We’re an invisible minority unless, we shove it in their face, So I’m shoving it in their faces.”
By Laura Benshoff, WHYY

Lancaster County woman charged under new law intended to halt witness intimidation

“The intent is not to limit what reporters do in court, the intent is for the players involved in the case to know that they’re not broadcast to the public.”
By Laura Benshoff, WHYY

Across Pa., feds detaining undocumented immigrants at unrelated court hearings

“Letting ICE run amok in the courthouse...directly interferes with that underlying purpose of the court system."
By Laura Benshoff, WHYY