Congressman-elect Patrick Murphy (D-District 8) remarked that bipartisan work won't be a stretch for him -- after all, it's a part of his life. His mother, Margaret Murphy, works for retiring State Sen. Joseph Conti (R-District 10), and his wife, Jennifer, was once a member of the College Republicans. He himself voted for President George W. Bush in 2000, and...
Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. After 10 years as a staff writer, he now occasionally freelances for the Exponent. He writes about trends in politics, religion and spirituality, philanthropy and sometimes dabbles in sports and the arts.
He has received numerous awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Jewish American Press Association and other organizations.
A native New Yorker, he earned a master’s degree in modern Jewish history and literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.