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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.

Bill would create protections for private student loan borrowers in N.J.

By: - September 12, 2022

New legislation is aimed at protecting the quarter million New Jerseyans who owe over $9 billion in private student loan debt.

Teacher-student diversity gap widens in New Jersey

By: and - September 9, 2022

N.J. has five times as many white educators as teachers of color. Advocates call that lack of diversity, coupled with widespread vacancies, a crisis.

Watchdog dings state for sweltering prisons, urges funding for air conditioning

By: - September 7, 2022

A watchdog urged lawmakers to invest in cooling state prisons, where 6,500 inmates and correctional officers suffered in the summer heat.

New PSEG boss takes over with an eye on wind and solar

By: - September 5, 2022

Ralph LaRossa last week became the newest CEO at PSEG, New Jersey's oldest and largest utility. He envisions a green future.

Newly released records in Elizabeth probe offer peek into toxic culture of policing

By: - September 2, 2022

The report stems from an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office into former Elizabeth Police Director James Cosgrove.

Upheaval at National Organization for Women of New Jersey as state leaders resign abruptly

By: - September 2, 2022

The resignations leave the organization without state leadership at a time when women’s rights nationally dominate headlines.

New report on firearms in N.J. homes raises safe-storage concerns

By: - September 1, 2022

Some N.J. gun owners said they store their weapons unlocked, loaded, or in their cars, while about 8% of gun owners said they always or almost always carry guns outside their home, a new Rutgers University survey found.

Advocates ask for action on bill that would keep foreclosed homes in local hands

By: - August 30, 2022

Advocates want the governor to sign legislation intended to help people facing foreclosure hang on to their homes and build community wealth.

N.J. to spend $6.5M to aid shooting responses by digitizing school maps

By: - August 30, 2022

The federal funding will help New Jersey digitize blueprints of half of the state's 3,100 school buildings (the state has already done half).

Legislative resolutions raise the question: What’s the point?

By: - August 30, 2022

N.J. lawmakers introduce thousands of resolutions in any given session, and most never pass. But pundits say there is a point to them.

Environmentalists urge Governor Murphy to act on long-stalled flood control rules

By: - August 29, 2022

New Jersey remains stalled on new stormwater and flood hazard rules environmentalists say are needed to protect residents and properties.

In war on disinformation, a dubious crusader joins the fight — the government

By: - August 29, 2022

New Jersey is among a handful of states hoping to battle disinformation through state-run websites.