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.

In renaming things, N.J. policymakers hope words will move minds

By: - December 29, 2022

Government continually renames things to be more sensitive and precise, but experts say new words can reframe problems and sway opinions.

New study urges cheaper communications for incarcerated people

By: - December 28, 2022

New Jersey prisons charge lower rates for phone calls than most other states, a study found. There's still room for improvement, authors noted.

Casino smoking ban among measures that remain in limbo at end of 2022

By: , and - December 25, 2022

A bill that would ban smoking inside casinos is one of numerous measures that didn't make it to law in 2022.

Transparency advocates lose case over prosecutor group’s records

By: - December 23, 2022

A judge ruled the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey doesn't have to release records to the ACLU-NJ, a blow for transparency fans.

South Jersey’s ‘Chicken Lady’ aims to bring chickens to backyards, one town at a time

By: - December 22, 2022

Many N.J. municipalities ban backyard chickens, but a South Jersey chicken fan has helped about 30 towns pass ordinances to allow them.

New law expands child welfare oversight, caps caseloads

By: - December 21, 2022

A new law expands oversight of N.J.’s child welfare system and caps caseloads for social workers handling child abuse and neglect cases.

Bills aim to reduce food waste through labeling and composting

By: - December 21, 2022

Lawmakers touted two bills to reduce food waste as environmentally friendly because rotting food creates greenhouse gases that fuel climate change

Bills to toughen penalties against car thieves advance, despite objections

By: - December 20, 2022

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced eight bills largely aimed at expanding penalties for car theft, despite social justice reformers' concerns.

Assembly passes ‘privacy’ bill, dozens of others, in last session of 2022

By: - December 16, 2022

Assembly legislators passed dozens of bills in their last session of 2022, including one exempting elected officials' addresses from public disclosure.

Lawmakers advance bill to ban invasive plants, revive statewide invasive species council

By: - December 15, 2022

Legislators agreed Thursday with environmentalists that a long-dead commission to fight invasive species in N.J. should be reestablished.

State to survey residents on internet use to ensure access, affordability

By: - December 14, 2022

With the pandemic driving everyone online, the state has launched a survey to assess internet speed and usage statewide and identify gaps.

Assembly panel advances bills to shield public officials’ addresses

By: - December 12, 2022

N.J. lawmakers unanimously advanced several bills Monday that would keep the property addresses of public office holders and seekers private.