Emily Rizzo is WHYY News’ suburban reporter covering Bucks and Montgomery counties. Previously, she covered education for Keystone Crossroads.
Prior to becoming a journalist, Emily, from New Jersey, was a documentary film and audio documentary producer. She studied English, film, and intergroup relations at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.
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Central Bucks School District splits with its public relations firm over alleged harassment of firm’s clients, staff
The district claimed community members threatened the firm “in ways that are, at best caustic, and at worst, malicious and false.”
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The district will review a total of 65 books for “inappropriate” and “sexualized content.” All of the books show up on a book reporting site used by Moms for Liberty.
1 month agoListen 1:34
‘These are human rights issues’: Pa. school board directors condemn Central Bucks for apparent anti-LGBTQ actions
The open letter states that Central Bucks School Board is targeting its LGBTQ students.
1 month agoListen 1:28
The Central Bucks School District is buying books to consider banning them from libraries
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1 month ago
Montco names new commish to replace Val Arkoosh who joined Shapiro administration
Jamila Winder will replace Arkoosh, who resigned earlier this month to become Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Human Services.
2 months ago
Librarian says he was told to remove poster of Holocaust survivor’s quote for violating Central Bucks ‘advocacy’ policy
The Central Bucks South High School librarian papered his windows with posters of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s words, after the principal reversed the order of removal.
2 months agoListen 1:08
Central Bucks school board has ties to a Christian nationalist group, and is considering removing 4 LGBTQ books from its libraries
This would be the first test of the controversial library book policy, which aims to ban books deemed “inappropriate” for including “sexualized content.”
2 months agoListen 6:12
Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence is not seeking re-election
Ken Lawrence will have served as a Montgomery County commissioner for seven years once his term expires at the end of 2023.
2 months ago
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Montgomery County has to replace County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, who was tapped by Gov. Josh Shapiro to be Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Human Services.
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