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Kate Lao Shaffner

Stories
09-18-2013

Penn State Suspends Wellness Program Surcharges

Penn State President Rodney Erickson says the university will suspend the $100 a month surcharge for employees who don’t participate in the controversial Take Care of Your Health initiative. WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner reports.

Stories
09-11-2013

Penn State Faculty Senate Addresses Health Care Changes

Penn State’s Faculty Senate met yesterday for the first time this academic year. The university’s controversial new health plan was at the forefront of the agenda. WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner reports many spoke out against the changes.

Stories
09-05-2013

How Will Penn State’s Wellness Initiative Save Money?

It’s been about a month since Penn State rolled out its controversial new wellness initiative, which includes a surcharge for failure to participate. In a recent conference call, Penn State officials said the initiative is meant to keep costs down and representatives from Highmark discussed research that points to savings. Today, WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner looks into how much money…

Stories
08-21-2013

PSU Faculty Senate Council Discusses Insurance Benefits Changes with VP of Human Resources

Penn State's Faculty Senate Council met yesterday for the first time since the controversial changes to employee healthcare benefits were announced last month. The meeting was not open to the public, but afterward WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner spoke with the Faculty Senate Chairman and Penn State's Vice President for Human Resources.

Stories
08-20-2013

Bellefonte Group’s Last Chance to Save the Garman Theatre

The historic Garman Opera House Theatre in Bellefonte might soon be razed—or rehabilitated. It all depends on whether or not the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association can make their case to save the building before the August 26 deadline. Here’s WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner with the story.

Stories
08-08-2013

Drive-in Owners Face the Challenge of New Technology

It’s been 80 years since the first drive-in movie opened in Camden, New Jersey. At its heyday, there were more than 4,000 drive-in movie theaters across America. Now there are fewer than 400. The latest challenge for drive-ins everywhere is Hollywood’s switch to digital film distribution. Kate Lao Shaffner visited a drive-in along Route 322 in Clearfield County.

(Photo by Jessica Paholsky)

Take Note Radio
08-04-2013

Take Note: Penn State Health Insurance Questions, and The Fluoride Controversy

First, a Q & A with Penn State’s VP for Human Resources about the university’s new "Take Care of Your Health” program. Employees who do not participate in the three-part plan will be charged a $100 a month surcharge. Then an encore conversation about water fluoridation and just why it’s so controversial. (photo by Jessica Paholsky)

Stories
07-30-2013

Penn State's Vice President for Human Resources Answers Health Insurance Questions

Penn State is introducing changes to its employee health insurance benefit plans. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner met with Penn State's Vice President for Human Resources, Susan Basso, to ask some questions.

photo by Jessica Paholsky

Stories
07-26-2013

Penn State Introduces Changes to Employee Benefits Plan

Penn State has rolled out a new health program called the "Take Care of Your Health" initiative. Employees who do not participate in the three-part plan will be charged a $100 a month surcharge. This is the first of a series of changes to employee health insurance benefits. WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner has the story. (photo by Jessica Paholsky)

Bio

Kate Lao Shaffner is an associate producer at WPSU-FM. She contributes feature stories to Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Kate also assists in the production of WPSU’s This I Believe and BookMark.

Kate recently earned her Master’s degree from Penn State’s School of International Affairs.  Before moving to State College, she lived in Tanzania, where she worked with a university study abroad program.