Rapper Meek Mill, center left, looks on with his son, left, and actor Kevin Hart, center, as 76ers' co-owner Michael Rubin, center right, looks at Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's phone, right, during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 104-91. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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Wolf joins major donor at Sixers game, skips environmental awards ceremony
As the Harrisburg reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania, Marie Cusick covers energy and environmental issues for public radio stations statewide. She’s also part of NPR’s energy and environment team, which coordinates coverage between the network and select member station reporters around the country. Her work frequently airs on NPR shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Since 2012, Marie has closely followed the political, social, environmental, and economic effects of Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom. Her work has been recognized at the regional and national levels– honors include a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Previously, Marie was a multimedia reporter for WMHT in Albany, New York and covered technology for the station’s statewide public affairs TV show, New York NOW. In 2018, she became StateImpact’s first FAA-licensed drone pilot.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, right, and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin check out something on Wolf’s phone during the 76ers’ playoff game against Miami on April 24 in Philadelphia. Rapper Meek Mill and his son are at left, sitting next to actor Kevin Hart.
Governor Wolf spent Tuesday evening courtside at the Philadelphia 76ers game, skipping the 2018 Governors Awards for Environmental Excellence ceremony in Harrisburg.
Wolf was photographed sitting with actor Kevin Hart, rapper Meek Mill, and Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. PennLive reported the governor was an “invited guest of the Sixers’ part-owner Michael Rubin, who, according to the Department of State website, gave Wolf’s campaign a $250,000 donation on March 2.”
The Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence recognized 23 initiatives across the state this year and were described in a press release as “prestigious.” Recipients were honored Tuesday evening at the Harrisburg Hilton.