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Sara Simon/Spotlight PA

Sara Simon is a software engineer turned investigative data reporter. She comes to Spotlight PA from the New York Times, where she built research tools to assist reporters in the newsroom. Her data work at the Times spanned desks and beats, from homicide convictions in opioid deaths to state-level abortion restrictions to contestant patterns throughout Miss America pageant history. Previously, Sara was a web developer at Vermont Public Radio. She studied English at Wellesley College before heading to the Turing School of Software and Design.

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Pa. eases rules for health care workers, others as coronavirus crisis reveals ‘inflexibility’ in professional licensing

Two state senators say that broader, more sweeping changes — like limiting which criminal convictions are considered disqualifying — are needed to tackle dual crises: the virus and the impending economic downturn.
By Sara Simon/Spotlight PA

Funeral directors in Pennsylvania brace for grief as coronavirus limits services, viewings

Over the weekend, the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association encouraged funeral homes to consider limiting services to immediate family and moving public memorials to a later date
By Sara Simon/Spotlight PA

Protections for vulnerable Pa. seniors lag, reforms to guardianship system ‘stuck’

Experts say that critical changes needed to better protect vulnerable seniors lack funding, are incomplete, or are stuck in limbo in the state legislature
By Sara Simon/Spotlight PA

Pa. nurses fed up with hold times, rude answers and delays dealing with state licensing board

In late 2016, Pennsylvania began rolling out a new system for its 29 licensing boards. The roll-out of that system has taken longer than anticipated.

By Sara Simon/Spotlight PA