Eric Holmberg was a reporter for PublicSource who focused on the influence of money in politics. He also wrote stories based on data and helps other PublicSource reporters make sense of their data.
He was a recipient of a 2015 'Truth in Finances' prize, awarded by the Pennsylvania Institute for Certified Public Accountants, for a story on excessive overtime at county-owned nursing homes in partnership with reporter Halle Stockton. He also received two second place 2015 Spotlight Contest Awards from the Keystone State Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He won second place in an enterprise reporting category for his campaign finance coverage of the 2014 Pennsylvania governor's race and was part of a team that created the 'Price of the Prize' campaign finance app, which took second place in a web use category.
data Whether it’s an app in Chicago that tells you if your car has been towed, or New York City officials using data to identify the source of a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak, those kinds of projects — inside and outside of governmental institutions — are not happening with state data in Pennsylvania.
Mostly because it’s not available.
Pennsylvania is one of 26 states that doesn’t provide a robust open data website, according to a PublicSource analysis of every state’s open data website.
Children going back to school in Pennsylvania could be walking into classrooms where as many as one out of every five classmates don’t have all the vaccines required by the state.
While many parents believe that disease outbreaks in school are rare because of vaccines, there were a record number of measles cases in the United States in 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 668 cases in 27 states was the highest number since measles were considered eliminated in 2000.