Katie Meyer

Katie Meyer is WITF’s Capitol bureau chief, and she covers all things state politics for public radio stations throughout Pennsylvania. Katie came to Harrisburg by way of New York City, where she worked at Fordham University’s public radio station, WFUV, as an anchor, general assignment reporter, and co-host of an original podcast. A 2016 graduate of Fordham, she won several awards for her work at WFUV, including four 2016 Gracies. Katie is a native New Yorker, though she originally hails from Troy, a little farther up the Hudson River. She can attest that the bagels are still pretty good there.

When former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial begins in the Senate today, two of the people at the center of the action will have a common connection: Montgomery County, Pa.

Impeachment manager Madeleine Dean, a congressional Democrat, will try to make the case that Trump directly incited violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Trump attorney Bruce Castor Jr., the Republican former county district attorney and commissioner, will argue that Trump can't be convicted because he has already left office.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar
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Politicians, advocates and sexual abuse survivors around Pennsylvania say they're stunned at a major Department of State error. The mistake will keep a long-awaited survivors' rights amendment from going to a statewide vote this spring.  WHYY's Katie Meyer reports Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar resigned over the blunder.

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For some South Asian American residents in the Philadelphia area, Kamala Harris becoming vice president feels like the American dream in action. WHYY's Katie Meyer reports that several say they're now hoping Harris and President Joe Biden move quickly on issues like climate change.

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William McSwain, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, has officially announced his resignation. WHYY's Katie Meyer reports he was an appointee of President Donald Trump who often sparred with Philadelphia's Democratic leaders.

(Original air-date: 1/15/21)

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The House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump. WHYY's Katie Meyer reports that Pennsylvania's congressional delegation remains split along partisan lines on how to respond to Trump's actions leading up to the insurrection at the Capitol.

(Original air-date: 1/14/21)

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After a violent mob of insurrectionists supporting President Donald Trump seized the U.S. Capitol to thwart the will of voters, lawmakers in Pennsylvania are trying to figure out where to go from here. WHYY's Katie Meyer reports that in the state senate, Democrats are starting by urging Doug Mastriano (R-33), who attended the chaos at the Capitol, to resign.

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Members of the Pennsylvania legislature will be back in session soon, and high on the agenda for Republicans is rolling back a major expansion of the state's voting laws. As WHYY's Katie Meyer reports, it's a move critics say is motivated at least in part by relentless pressure from President Donald Trump and constituents who support him.

(Original air-date: 1/1/21)


Good government groups across Pennsylvania fear that if Harrisburg Republicans get their way in the coming legislative session, the commonwealth could end up with a high court system that is one of the most partisan in the country. WHYY's Katie Meyer reports that the GOP-controlled legislature is pushing an amendment that would reshape the state's three appellate courts - electing judges by region instead of statewide.

(Original air-date: 12/29/20)

Katherine McAdoo

A group of Pennsylvania Republican state lawmakers recently urged Congress to take an extreme, last-ditch step to overturn President-Elect Joe Biden's victory, sending a letter to the state congressional delegation asking them to object to the commonwealth's electoral college votes. WHYY's Katie Meyer reports.

(Original air-date: 12/7/20)

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Nearly a month after the presidential election, and a week after Joe Biden was certified as the winner of Pennsylvania, President Trump's campaign was still contesting the commonwealth's election results. WHYY's Katie Meyer reports on the campaign's possible appeals of at least two cases.

(Original air-date: 12/1/20)