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Rachel McDevitt

Rachel McDevitt reports on energy, the environment, and climate change for StateImpact Pennsylvania at WITF.

Rachel covers Pennsylvania state government’s policy on climate change, its effects on people, and lawmakers’ approach to the industries that generate many of Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions. Her work through the collaborative Climate Solutions puts special focus on communities and individuals working to address the effects of climate disruption.

Her stories have aired nationally on the NPR shows Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and Science Friday.

Rachel joined WITF in 2014 as a Radio Pennsylvania reporter before becoming the local host of All Things Considered in 2017. The western Pennsylvania native started her journalism career with the CBS affiliate in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Rachel holds a degree in Communications and Spanish from Temple University.

Latest by Rachel McDevitt

Pa. gas prices, drilling falls, report says

The Independent Fiscal Office said the average price for natural gas from April to June of this year fell to $1.45.

By Rachel McDevitt

Federal rule aims to ease connection between new power and grid

Advocates say it’s a first step in getting more renewables online, but some regional grid operators may fight the rule.

By Rachel McDevitt

What can I do about climate change? Part 7: Speak up

Connecting with others interested in finding solutions to climate challenges can help you stay motivated.

By Rachel McDevitt

What can one person do about climate change? Part 6: Upgrade your home

Those measures will take time and money, so it’s important to plan ahead.

By Rachel McDevitt

Fingerprints of climate change seen in Pa.’s hot summer days

Pennsylvania did not set records, but a new analysis shows it is still feeling the effects of climate change.

By Rachel McDevitt

State amphibian may get another shot at federal protections

Forty percent of known hellbender populations have died out and more are shrinking.

By Rachel McDevitt

What can one person do about climate change? Part 5: Shop smart

Buying fewer things, shopping second-hand, and repairing what you can all help reduce your impact on the climate.

By Rachel McDevitt

What can I do about climate change? Part 4: Getting around

Transportation is responsible for about one-third of U.S. emissions.

By Rachel McDevitt

As renewables grow, questions remain for utilities and regulators

An increase in battery storage in homes poses questions for utilities and regulators.

By Rachel McDevitt

Advocates say proposed cuts to EPA would hurt PFAS control efforts

PFAS have been linked to some cancers, thyroid disease, developmental delays in children, and other health conditions.

By Rachel McDevitt