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.

High court hears arguments in case of Catholic teacher fired for premarital sex

By: - April 24, 2023

A Catholic teacher's 2014 firing for premarital sex pits state discrimination-protection law against a federal religious-freedom exception.

Crisis pregnancy centers, New Jersey clash over claim of deceptive advertising

By: - April 20, 2023

Four months after the state issued a consumer alert about crisis pregnancy centers, several centers sued and called the alert political.

Prisons commish defends ‘gobsmacking’ costs during budget questioning

By: - April 19, 2023

New Jersey's prison population has fallen by half in the past decade, but the system's cost has remained static. Lawmakers aren't happy.

Dry winter leads to busy wildfire season in New Jersey

By: - April 19, 2023

More than 500 wildfires have burned over 7,600 acres of New Jersey's woodlands already this year, far more than recent years.

U.S. Supreme Court backs New Jersey’s bid to quit Waterfront Commission

By: - April 18, 2023

New York fought for five years to maintain the port-oversight partnership, citing crime concerns.

New ‘environmental justice’ rules now in place to protect pollution-choked communities

By: - April 17, 2023

New rules took effect enabling N.J. officials to implement an "environmental justice" law to protect marginalized communities from pollution.

Abortion clinics brace for busy days ahead, as uncertainty over abortion pill mounts

By: - April 14, 2023

Abortion advocates want more state funding after conflicting federal rulings threw the fate of abortion drug mifepristone into question.

New Jersey revamps prison mail delivery to fight drugs

By: - April 14, 2023

N.J. corrections officials plan to digitize incarcerated people's mail to reduce drugs in prison. Critics have privacy and cost concerns.

Using state aid to end Rutgers strike could be ‘Pandora’s box,’ lawmakers warn

By: - April 12, 2023

As Rutgers University's faculty strike heads into a fourth day, lawmakers had mixed opinions on any plan for a state bailout.

Rutgers strike forces union-loving governor onto ‘tightrope’ of competing interests

By: - April 12, 2023

Gov. Phil Murphy's well-known support for unions puts him in a pickle as he tries to resolve Rutgers University's first faculty strike.

‘We are playing a role here,’ Governor Murphy says of Rutgers contract impasse

By: - April 11, 2023

As Rutgers University's faculty strike ended its second day, Gov. Phil Murphy said he would use state funding to resolve the labor dispute.

As Rutgers strike heads into Day 2 without contracts, union vows continued picketing

By: - April 10, 2023

Leaders of Rutgers University's faculty unions reported no substantial progress in contract talks Monday night. Pickets will resume Tuesday.