Leif Greiss

Freelance Reporter

Leif Greiss is a freelance reporter for the Reading Eagle and WhoWhatWhy.org. He's previously written for TribLIVE.com, The Daily Collegian and other media. His focuses are on investigative journalism, data analysis, data visualization, and web programming. He graduated from Penn State in '17 with a major in digital and print journalism and minor in information science and technology.

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WhoWhatWhy

Why Partisan Gerrymandering Might Chill a Democratic Wave - WhoWhatWhy

Democrats performed well in state and local elections in 2017 and held a large lead in generic polls heading into this year. But voters expecting a Democratic wave that wins...

TribLIVE.com

Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company, others offer incentives to attract younger firefighters

As volunteer fire companies across the country struggle to retain new members, the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is taking a proactive approach to keep more young blood in...

The Daily Collegian

A look at party affiliations across Pennsylvania and the layouts of congressional districts

Created by Leif Greiss and Frank Esposito courtesy of Carto Pennsylvania is split into 67 counties, of which 24 have more registered Democrat voters than registered Republican...

Reading Eagle

Community honors memory of Centre Township boy | Reading Eagle - NEWS

Leesport Borough Council names a ball field after Connor Kleffel, who died in an ATV accident in November. There were tears in Nici Kleffel's eyes as she and her husband, Brad,...

Reading Eagle

Tilden residents pack meeting to oppose warehouses | Reading Eagle - NEWS

More than 100 go to the December meeting to voice concerns over a proposed logistics park overlay ordinance. More than 100 residents packed themselves into the Tilden Township...

Reading Eagle

15-year-old entrepreneur speaks at Kutztown University conference | Reading Eagle - NEWS

Neil Deshmukh considers technology to be a superpower, one he and others can use to save the world. Deshmukh, who is 15 years old, was the keynote speaker Friday at Kutztown...

TribLIVE.com

Armstrong officials tell Sen. Casey they need more money to fight opioid epidemic

Armstrong County needs more money to fight the opioid crisis, county leaders told U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. Casey hosted a discussion with a dozen Armstrong leaders, law enforcement,...

The Daily Collegian

2015 marked as year with most sexual assaults reported at Penn State since 2012

2015 saw the most sexual assaults reported at Penn State since 2012, following the breaking of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. There were 62 forcible sex offenses...

TribLIVE.com

With Congress poised to work on budget, Alle-Kiski Valley leaders worry about Trump plan to...

After years of cutbacks, a federal program that communities rely on to complete projects they otherwise could not afford might disappear entirely. President Trump's 2018 budget...

TribLIVE.com

Pre-K program Highlands' 'best-kept secret'

Getting a bunch of 3- and 4-year-olds to sit down for any length of time is hard. Giving them the foundation they need to succeed in kindergarten is even harder. Yet, somehow,...

TribLIVE.com

Official: Harrison sinkhole 'biggest I've seen'

After more than a week of work, damage from a sinkhole that opened in the front yard of a Harrison property soon will be fixed. A roughly 5-feet-in-diameter , 12- to...

TribLIVE.com

Free Tuesday lunches among most popular Sheep Inc. Arnold activities

The former Lazarus' Tomb Coffeehouse Ministries has been known in recent years as Sheep Inc. Arnold, but the center's dedication to serving local people has endured for more...

TribLIVE.com

Brackenridge crash hits one family the hardest

It has been a cruel spring and summer for Prospect Cemetery in Brackenridge, which has seen property damage caused by a fallen tree, a wild Fourth of July party and now a car...

TribLIVE.com

High school grads throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley plan careers of service

Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review As the Alle-Kiski Valley's high school seniors graduate, some are taking steps to serve their country while pursuing secondary education. At...

The Daily Collegian

Going all in on 'All In': Taking a deeper look at Penn State's diversity and inclusion initiative

On the night of Oct. 6, 2016, Old Main's pillars were lit up top to bottom by a multi-colored light display, simply reading: All In. Born out of conversations students had with...

The Daily Collegian

THON by the numbers: An anaylsis of the work done and the funds raised

With THON merely hours away, let's take a look at the massive event by the numbers. One thing is certain: the statistics are remarkable. Two-thirds of all money raised since...

The Daily Collegian

Trump's claims of rigged presidential elections unlikely

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has made various claims about the elections being rigged. "Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before Election Day....

The Daily Collegian

Timely but not always warnings: How timely warnings create awareness but also frustrations over...

As of Sept. 10, just two weeks into the fall 2016 semester, there were five Timely Warnings concerning sexual assault. Sexual assaults are not the only crimes that Timely...

The Daily Collegian

A method to the madness: Penn State Storm Chase Club members don't just 'go chase tornadoes'

Some student's passion for storms take them far away from the classroom. The Storm Chase Club is one of its kind at Penn State, or any other university in the country. The Penn...

The Daily Collegian

UVa student arrested in North Korea prompts reminders of safety when traveling abroad

Drunken undergraduate shenanigans are what caused a University of Virginia student to be sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea. Otto Warmbier, a junior at Virginia...