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Records obtained by Spotlight PA and WESA reveal how Pa. counties used tens of millions in opioid settlement dollars

Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and public-service journalism that holds power to account and drives positive change in Pennsylvania. Sign up for our free newsletters. Ed Mahon of Spotlight PA and Kate Giammarise of WESA Daniel Fishel / For Spotlight PA HARRISBURG — Records obtained by Spotlight PA and WESA offer the most comprehensive public accounting to date of how counties across the state […]

todayMay 2, 2024

Business & Technology

Amplifying Philadelphia’s Black Tech and Innovation Ecosystem

WURD Radio's yearlong coverage of Philadelphia's Black tech and innovation ecosystem has shown the importance of community engagement and relationship-building in making resources accessible to tech innovators. In light of recent backlash and attacks on initiatives that center Black and Brown innovators – from attacks on DEI officers to legal challenges against organizations like the Fearless Fund – our coverage has highlighted how these setbacks are impacting local entrepreneurs. These challenges […]

todayApril 27, 2024


This week on WURD: Funding controversy in the sheriff’s office, primary elections recap and the future of national emergency abortion care

Sheriff Rochelle Bilal disputes controversy on Wake Up With WURD with Solomon Jones on her role in recent news of the sheriff's office misspending public funds despite claims the office is underfunded. Sabrina Talukder of the Center for American Progress joined Evening WURDs with Dr. James Peterson to discuss recent information on the Supreme Court case, Idaho vs. United States, that will change the trajectory of emergency abortion care nationally. […]

todayApril 25, 2024


ecoFEST: A celebration of Earth Day

WURD Radio celebrated Each Day on April 20 with its annual ecoFEST. Hosted by ecoWURD Magazine's P.O.C. at Belmont Mansion, the event focused on eco-friendly practices and workshops while compelling conversations provided an in-depth look at sustainability in our communities. The day included several panels including: “One Philly: Uniting for Safe, Clean and Green Futures” featuring Casey Kuklick, Deputy Director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office for Clean and Green […]

todayApril 25, 2024


New partnership with Spotlight PA to provide the Allegheny County with more investigative and public-service journalism

Christopher Baxter is the executive director and editor in chief of Spotlight PAFor the past decade, there’s been nothing short of a crisis in our state capital.More and more of Pennsylvania’s sprawling and costly bureaucracy operated without scrutiny from investigative reporters, the watchdogs tracking how our hard-earned tax dollars are spent and demanding answers from lawmakers about waste, fraud, and abuse.Together, we can restore accountability.I’m proud to introduce you to Spotlight PA, a nonpartisan, statewide, and member-funded newsroom based in […]

todayApril 24, 2024

Business & Technology

Higher internet costs could be on the way for low-income Pa. residents as federal subsidies run out

Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and public-service journalism that holds power to account and drives positive change in Pennsylvania. Sign up for our free newsletters.Charlotte Keith of Spotlight PAPhoto: Amanda Berg / For Spotlight PAHARRISBURG — Thousands of Pennsylvanians could soon be hit with higher internet bills when a federal program that gives a discount to low-income households starts to run out of money […]

todayApril 24, 2024


This week on WURD: Atlantic City mayor and spouse charged with assault, Mayor Parker’s first 100 days, chronic absenteeism across Philly schools

Kenny Burns, a South New Jersey reporter for WHYY, detailed on Reality Check with Tonya Pendleton, the charges against Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small and his wife La’Quetta Small of abusing and assaulting their teenage daughter on multiple occasions. Mayor Cherelle Parker outlined her 100 day address to Solomon Jones on Wake Up With WURD. Parker focused on public safety, less restrictions on economic development and accessible, robust education for […]

todayApril 18, 2024


Celebrating environmental justice and activism: EcoWURD presents EcoFest on Saturday, April 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Belmont Mansion

The event will feature compelling conversations, hands-on workshops and live performances PHILADELPHIA — On Saturday, April 20, WURD Radio and ecoWURD present ecoFEST, an annual celebration of activism and journalism squarely focused on the impact of environmental justice on Black communities in Philadelphia and the nation. P.O.C., host of the weekly show ecoWURD Magazine on WURD Radio every Friday at 10 a.m., serves as emcee, facilitator of conversations, and convener […]

todayApril 13, 2024


This week on WURD: The legacy of O.J. Simpson, the Philly Muslim community mourns on Eid, advocacy for a greener Philadelphia

O.J. Simpson passed away Thursday at the age of 76 from prostate cancer. Wake Up With WURD host Solomon Jones dedicates his opening monologue to Simpson’s death and how the acquittal of the 1995 trial riveted the nation and revealed tensions on race and the criminal justice system. Multiple people were injured in an Eid Al-Fitr shooting that included 1,000 attendees. Police have taken five people into custody and recovered […]

todayApril 11, 2024


WURD Radio’s Tonya Pendleton to moderate student debt panel hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris on April 8

Reality Check Host Tonya Pendleton PHILADELPHIA — On Monday, April 8, WURD Radio host Tonya Pendleton will moderate a roundtable discussion on student debt hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris. Harris is visiting Philadelphia following the announcement of plans from the Biden-Harris administration to expand student debt relief efforts to 23 million Americans. The vice president will host a roundtable discussion Monday afternoon featuring Philadelphia residents impacted by the administration’s student debt cancellation. Pendleton, host […]

todayApril 8, 2024



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