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Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo comes to the New Jersey Monitor from WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station, and the Philadelphia Daily News, a paper known for exposing corruption and holding public officials accountable. Prior to that, she worked at newspapers in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and suburban Philadelphia and has freelanced for various local and national magazines, newspapers and websites. She lives in Central Jersey with her husband, a photojournalist, and their two children.

Inflation hits inmates’ wallets, even as their wages have flatlined

By: - September 28, 2022

Inflation drove state prison commissary prices up 11% in the past year, but prison wages haven't risen in decades.

New bill would limit police use of DNA collected from newborn blood screening

By: - September 28, 2022

Civil rights advocates sounded the alarm when state police used an infant’s years-old blood sample to link the father to an old rape case

Lawmakers advance bill to study energy from waves and tides

By: - September 23, 2022

The bill would require wave and tidal energy to be part of New Jersey's energy master plan.

Governor Murphy boots bill on temp workers’ rights back to lawmakers for changes

By: - September 23, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy said a bill intended to strengthen worker protections should give the state more time to implement its provisions.

State stalls on distributing relief to residents struggling to pay water bills

By: - September 22, 2022

N.J. has used just $1 million of $24 million in federal relief money for low-income residents with unpaid water bills.

Chipotle to pay almost $8M to resolve N.J. audit that found child labor law violations

By: - September 21, 2022

Chipotle, which has 85 eateries in N.J., will pay $7.75 million to settle over 30,000 allegations it violated child labor laws.

New law aims to improve water, utility affordability in requiring public reporting

By: - September 20, 2022

N.J. utilities must now report affordability metrics for water and other utilities, a move advocates say is key to better target assistance.

Parents score victory in federal civil rights battle over baby blood spots

By: - September 19, 2022

A federal judge said Michigan unconstitutionally stored, sold, and tested blood collected in newborn health screenings, a ruling that could impact other states like N.J.

‘Gender specialist’ to be hired and other reforms made at troubled New Jersey women’s prison

By: - September 16, 2022

N.J.'s only prison for women has made a series of reforms, one year into its independent oversight after brutality and sex abuse scandals.

Governor Murphy returns foreclosure bill to legislators for tweaks

By: - September 15, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy has conditionally vetoed a foreclosure bill that would have made it easier for families and nonprofits to buy homes at sheriff’s sales, a measure intended to preserve affordable housing and protect low-income neighborhoods from corporate buyers. Murphy’s veto says he objects to “the legality, practicality, and unintended consequences” of several provisions in the […]

N.J. victims among those targeted by Iranian nationals in global cyberattacks

By: - September 14, 2022

Three Iranian nationals were indicted in global cyberattacks that had two N.J. victims — a Union County township and Morris County accounting firm.

Proposal to put open arrest warrants online sparks privacy, racism concerns

By: - September 14, 2022

Watchdogs worry about the misuse of a plan proposed by a lawmaker that would create a public database of outstanding arrest warrants.