John Kopp

John Kopp

John Kopp is the Chief Health Reporter/Assistant Editor at He joined the newsroom after spending five years reporting for the Delaware County Daily Times. He spent the prior year covering state and local politics, including a $4 million Pennsylvania state Senate race. He previously covered Chester city government, the Chester Upland School District and high-school sports. A Temple University graduate, John enjoys long-distance running, watching baseball and exploring new places.

May 14, 2021

Health Stories

Lung transplants saving severe COVID-19 patients on death's doorstep

Health systems increasingly are turning to organ transplants to save some of the most severe COVID-19 patients — and Penn Medicine and Temple Health are at the forefront. Both systems have performed several lung transplants on coronavirus patients since Fred Rahmanaian became the first in Pennsylvania to receive one.

April 22, 2021

Women's Health

Blue Cross Blue Shield pledges to cut maternal health disparities in half by 2026

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is establishing a new strategy aimed at reducing racial health inequities in maternal health, behavioral health, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. It first seeks to reduce the disparity in the maternal mortality rate — Black women are 2.5 times more likely to die while pregnant or in childbirth than white women.

January 7, 2021


Pa. Congresswoman details 'frightening' evacuation scene at U.S. Capitol

Rep. Susan Wild, of Pennsylvania, was one of the last lawmakers evacuated from the U.S. Capitol when a mob of pro-Trump supporters breached security Wednesday as Congress was certifying the Electoral College results.

December 18, 2020


FDA authorizes Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine Friday for adults ages 18 and over. That will give the United States two coronavirus vaccines. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently being administered to health care workers across the country.

December 15, 2020


Who gets the COVID-19 vaccine first in Philly? Eligibility based on three key factors

Philadelphia's COVID-19 vaccines will be given first to health care workers exposed to the coronavirus and nursing home residents and staffers, according to a prioritization order released by the city. Next up are critical infrastructure workers, like teachers and transit workers. It will take months before vaccines are available to the general public.

December 11, 2020


FDA authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has been granted an emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration, kicking off a massive distribution effort to inoculate the American public. Health care workers and nursing home residents will be the first to receive the immunization.

November 6, 2020

2020 Election

Josh Shapiro tops Heather Heidelbaugh in Pennsylvania Attorney General race

Josh Shapiro was re-elected as Pennsylvania's attorney general, defeating Republican challenger Heather Heidelbaugh. The Democratic incumbent focused his first term on a range of issues, rooting out sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and challenging myriad Trump administration polices. He also took on opioid and e-cigarette manufacturers.

October 5, 2020


COVID-19 can spread via airborne transmission, revised CDC guidelines say

The coronavirus can spread through aerosols that linger in the air for "minutes to hours," according to the CDC's new guidelines. But airborne transmission is "uncommon," with most spread stemming from close, person-to-person contact, the agency says.

September 21, 2020

Mental Health

For colleges, online mental health services are a 'silver lining' of COVID-19 crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted an increase of mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, among U.S. college students. With many campuses closed, universities are responding to the influx through virtual counseling sessions and digital outreach – forums that come with a variety of advantages and disadvantages.

September 7, 2020


La Salle College High mourns death of 'kind and thoughtful' football player

Isaiah Turner, a two-sport athlete at La Salle College High School in the Philadelphia suburbs, died after suffering a "sudden catastrophic medical event" at football practice Friday. His family, friends and teammates mourned his death over Labor Day Weekend, describing him as "kind and thoughtful," with a "warm, inviting smile."

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