City & State PA newest PNA members

  • Feb 02, 2017

Cara Neil, Communications Director

City & State PA, a monthly publication with a focus on Pennsylvania politics, is the most recent organization to join the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

When the publication first launched in spring 2016, Publisher David Alpher had goals of increasing its daily email subscribers, hosting events and increasing staff and coverage. At the start of 2017, he has reached most of those goals.

“We were an unknown entity when we entered the market,” Alpher said. “Now, we’ve gone from 0 subscribers to over 2,400 subscribers to our daily email. Our magazine has grown in content and page count, and we’ve done a half-dozen events that were well attended.”

Some of the events City & State hosted included the On Healthcare Symposium, where a panel discussed insurance coverage for vulnerable populations to an audience that included bio-pharmaceutical industry personnel; the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars, where City & State PA recognized 40 individuals under the age of 40 who work in Pennsylvania government, politics, and advocacy; and the Philly Food Fight, where the New York delegation and the Pennsylvania delegation challenged each other during the Democratic National Convention to see whose city had better signature dishes.

“Philly Food Fight was a fun event,” Alpher said. “New York brought down some signature New York foods, and we supplied some local Philadelphia foods. Pennsylvania Congressman Brendan Boyle, New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Kevin Sbraga – a Philadelphia chef — were the judges. It was just a great time overall.”

With the success of their events in the first six months, Alpher hopes to hold another six to eight events over the course of the year.

Alpher said City & State PA has been establishing itself in the Commonwealth by breaking some stories, as well as continuing to stay true to its original goal to be a bi-partisan and policy-focused publication.

“The advocacy portion [of the magazine] has expanded,” Alpher said. “It shows the type of long-form journalism we can do.”

In another year, Alpher predicts the magazine’s page count will increase, and City & State PA will add more subscribers to the daily email, First Read. Additionally, Alpher hopes to host well-attended events each month.

City & State PA is owned by City & State New York. The magazine is published to a controlled circulation of approximately 3,000. The daily email, First Read, has over 2,400 subscribers. To subscribe to First Read, click here. For more on City & State PA, visit their website,

PNA previously introduced City & State PA when the publication launched. To read that story, click here.

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