StateImpact Pennsylvania is a collaboration between WITF, WHYY and NPR. Reporters Marie Cusick and Susan Phillips will cover the fiscal and environmental impact of Pennsylvania’s booming energy economy, with a focus on Marcellus Shale drilling. Read their reports on this site, and hear them on public radio stations across Pennsylvania.
Susan Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people's every day lives. A native Philadelphian with roots in central Pennsylvania, Susan travels extensively around the state as both a reporter, and a hiker. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Susan's coverage of the 2008 Presidential election resulted in a story on the front page of the New York Times. In 2010 she travelled to Haiti to cover the earthquake. In 2010 she produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.
Marie Cusick is a reporter with StateImpact Pennsylvania and WITF in Harrisburg. She joined WITF from Albany, New York where she worked as a multimedia reporter for WMHT. Her work was broadcast by public stations across New York as part of the Innovation Trail— a reporting collaborative between six stations. She appeared regularly on WMHT’s award-winning, statewide public affairs TV show, New York NOW. She also traveled throughout the state to cover some of New York’s biggest stories, including the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy in New York City in 2012, the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in the Catskills in 2011 and the debate in Albany over New York’s moratorium on hydrofracking. Marie was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for television stations in Lancaster and Casper, Wyoming. Marie holds a degree in political science and French from Lebanon Valley College.
Issues That Matter. Close To Home.
StateImpact seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives. The eight-state network is a collaboration among local member stations and NPR.
We aim to put news in context by providing insight, data-driven analysis and background. We work to give you the information you need to hold state government accountable. Our reporters travel the state to learn about public policy issues from the people affected by them, and we invite discussion on this site about those issues.
The participating stations in each state have chosen one of four policy areas to focus on: state budgets, education, energy and the economy. Read more about the network at our hub.
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