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Leaders in Action are individual donors who are champions of Spotlight PA's mission at the highest level, contributing $1,000 or more annually to our newsroom. Leaders in Action help us to expand Spotlight PA's urgent investigative reporting, increase accessibility to quality, fact-based information for all Pennsylvanians, and advance our commitment to protecting democracy. Leaders in Action not only sustain—but directly advance—unique and vital reporting that drives change.

Have questions about joining Leaders in Action? Please contact Michelle Mertz at We are so grateful for your consideration!


Spotlight PA is a trustworthy news source in this era of misinformation and disinformation.

  • Pennsylvanians deserve better than having to rely on shrinking, vanishing, and increasingly biased media and unverified social media postings. Spotlight PA fills this critical need for trusted investigations and reporting. We are proud to support this essential organization that stays focused on its mission with unquestionable integrity, is run efficiently and effectively, and achieves results that bring positive changes for Pennsylvanians.

    Merrill and Nancy Brenner, Macungie, PA, Leaders in Action
  • I support Spotlight PA because I believe it is important to have independent investigative journalists covering state and local government. Spotlight needs public support so that it can remain independent.

    Sharon Hyde, State College, PA, Leader in Action
  • We support Spotlight because we believe being informed citizens is essential for a democracy. Spotlight provides essential in-depth articles that my local papers no longer can supply independently.

    Roger and Karen Klotz, Latrobe, PA, Leaders in Action
  • All Pennsylvanians interested in state government issues are very well served by Spotlight PA reporting teams. Their in-depth and timely reporting informs readers truthfully about statewide issues affecting daily life. Spotlight PA is a trustworthy news source in this era of misinformation and disinformation.

    David Martens, York Dispatch, Leader in Action
  • In an era where fraud and dishonesty among public officials (and their supporters) have become more frequent and blatant, it is critical to have a crusading press focused on exposing wrongdoing. This is especially true in Pennsylvania where regulations are lax or poorly enforced. The expertise and resources of Spotlight PA are essential to good government in this state.

    Betsey Useem, Merion Station, PA, Leader in Action

Our Current Leaders

  • Catherine and Kevin Alloway
  • Teresa Amott
  • Dorothy Aylward
  • Carol Baker
  • Diana and Thomas Beausang
  • Phyllis Beck
  • Olivia Benson
  • Georgia Berner
  • R Thomas and Paulette Berner
  • Nancy Bernstein
  • Jennifer Bertetto
  • David Boardman
  • Merrill and Nancy Brenner
  • Lee Butz
  • Richard Carroll
  • Audry and Andy Carter
  • Bonnie Chang and Robert Hsu
  • Steve Coll and Eliza Griswold
  • Melissa Egbertson
  • Ebe Emmons
  • David Erdman
  • Mary Evans
  • Thomas Eveslage
  • William Ewing
  • George Fernandez
  • Mary France
  • James Friedlich and Melissa Stern
  • Janet Gross
  • Robert Haines and Susan Mount
  • Paul Hallacher
  • Marie Hardin
  • Ardith Hilliard
  • Mark Hirschman
  • Ray and Donna Holton
  • Denise Horan
  • Mary and Howard Hurtig
  • Sharon and Jeff Hyde
  • Christine Jacobs
  • Richard and Sally Kalin
  • Roberta Kangilaski
  • Roger and Karen Klotz
  • Howard Kolus
  • Elaine Kramer
  • James and Denise Lanning
  • Xia Li and Jun Huangpu
  • Julie Linowes and David Roth
  • Annie and William Madonia
  • Joseph Manning
  • Richard Mansberger
  • David Martens
  • Martina Martin
  • Jane and Mark Mendlow
  • Michelle Mertz
  • Gaylon Morris
  • James and Susan Morris
  • Anthony Muir
  • Edward Nielsen
  • Katie O'Toole and Gary Gray
  • Bill Oliver
  • David Ottaway
  • Sheldon Parker
  • Kathleen Pavelko
  • Clifford Pearlman and Lynn Marks
  • Norman Pine
  • Timothy Potts and Lu Conser
  • Mary Prunty
  • Donna Queeney and Nicholas Kerlin
  • Guinevere Ritter
  • Jim and Kathi Schaedler
  • Gary Schell
  • Gail Scott
  • Nicholas Selch
  • David Seltzer
  • Matthew Seyler
  • Mark Sheppard
  • Mr. Gary Shorts
  • Rebecca Shoval
  • David Skerpon
  • Susan and Ron Smith
  • Jane Sprecher
  • Diane and Brinkley Sprunt
  • Frederick Steinberg and Jo DeBolt
  • Andrea Stewart
  • E. Marvin Stouffer
  • Phil Straus and Margaret Harris
  • Stephanie Szakal
  • Daniel and Linda Trevino
  • Elizabeth Useem
  • Robert and Dianne Vickery
  • Caitlin Virtue
  • Kathleen Weidner
  • Connie and Sankey Williams
  • Allan Willinger and Jo Schlesinger
  • Cliff Zukin and Debbie Walsh
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