Marie Cusick

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.

Latest by Marie Cusick


A spotted lanternfly nymph.

State officials ask for public’s help combating spotted lanternfly

The insect is seen as a significant threat to Pennsylvania’s grape, tree fruit, hardwood and nursery industries.

By Marie Cusick

The Lombardo Welcome Center at Millersville University produced 75 percent more energy than it consumed in 2018.

Inside one of Pennsylvania’s most energy-efficient buildings

The Lombardo Welcome Center at Millersville University in Lancaster County is the first building in Pennsylvania to receive a zero-energy certification from the International Living Future Institute. Last year, it produced 75 percent more energy than it consumed.

By Marie Cusick

The entrance to Erie Coke.

Pennsylvania environmental regulators move to shut down Erie Coke plant

DEP is denying the company’s application to renew its operating permit and filing a complaint with Erie County common pleas court, seeking an injunction to shut down the facility.

By Marie Cusick

Updated: June 28, 2019 | 4:22 pm

Pennsylvania lawmakers seek to block any attempt at regulation of single-use plastics

The move comes as the city of Philadelphia seriously considers a ban on single-use plastic bags.

By Marie Cusick

Groups criticize state budget shifting $10 million from environmental fund

A coalition of sixteen environmental groups sent open letter to Governor Tom Wolf and legislators Tuesday decrying the transfer of approximately $10 million out of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Stewardship Fund.

By Marie Cusick

In this March 21, 2019 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference at the John H. Taggart School library, in Philadelphia.

Calpine's York 2 Energy Center is an 828 megawatt combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant in York County, Pa.

Climate focus intensifies in Harrisburg, as budget negotiations and citizen-led petition advance

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is urging Republicans to authorize the state to join a regional consortium to limit greenhouse gases. At the same time, a citizen-led climate petition is under review at the state Department of Environmental Protection.

By Marie Cusick

The York 2 Energy Center in Peach Bottom Township, York County is an 828 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant co-located with the 565 megawatt York Energy Center.

PJM, nation’s largest power grid operator, grapples with carbon pricing as states diverge on climate policies

The organization is trying to walk a fine line between respecting states’ rights while figuring out how to incorporate diverse climate polices into its wholesale electricity market.

By Marie Cusick

Thwaites Glacier is part of the is part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and flows into the Amundsen Sea in the southern South Pacific Ocean.

A large tree lays uprooted past the hole where it came from in a yard as people continue cleanup efforts, Thursday, March 24, 2011 in Hempfield, Pa. Severe storms went through the Westmoreland County area on Wednesday March 23, 2011,  causing severe damage. The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado was responsible for destroying 30 homes and badly damaging about 60 more in western Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s had a lot of tornadoes this year. But scientists don’t know if there’s a climate change link

It’s already hard to predict whether tornadoes will pop up within a few hours’ time frame.

By Marie Cusick
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