Rachel McDevitt | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Rachel McDevitt

Rachel McDevitt is a reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania at WITF.

Rachel joined WITF in 2017 as the host of Fresh Air and All Things Considered. She previously reported for WITF’s Radio Pennsylvania Network, where her work earned the National Association of State Radio Network’s award for best feature two years in a row. The western Pennsylvania native started her journalism career with the CBS affiliate in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Rachel is a graduate of Temple University.

Latest by Rachel McDevitt


Pa. community’s fight against electric lines shows tensions coming with push toward a clean energy future

To achieve a carbon-free electricity sector, the country would need to more than double the power infrastructure it has now in the next decade.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. won’t hit climate goals without increasing efforts now, report says

The state’s new Climate Action Plan focuses on cutting emissions in the state’s three most-polluting sectors: electricity generation, industrial energy use, and transportation.

By Rachel McDevitt

Study shows significant health benefits from Pa. joining RGGI, but some harms for neighboring states

The team at Penn State found that the commonwealth could reduce health impacts caused by power plant pollution by between $18 and 40 billion dollars over the next nine years.

By Rachel McDevitt

Report: Pa. keeps place as top electricity exporter, sends record amount of power in 2020

A new report from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office shows Pennsylvania sent more than 79 million megawatt hours of electricity to other states in 2020.

By Rachel McDevitt

Man killed while working at Three Mile Island

TMI Unit 1 owner Exelon Generation said a contract worker was fatally injured around 11 a.m. on Friday.

By Rachel McDevitt

Midstate county seeks input on climate action plan

Cumberland County is adding population at one of the quickest rates in the commonwealth. It also serves as a hub for national shipping networks.

By Rachel McDevitt

State launches course to train climate leaders

The free, online classes are designed for people in government, business, agriculture, and community organizations.

By Rachel McDevitt

Twenty years after Flight 93 crashed, the living memorial faces both old and new threats

A history of coal mining and invasive species are presenting challenges to natural resources at the memorial.

By Rachel McDevitt

Lawmakers move to block RGGI after rule wins regulatory approval

The vote starts a clock of either 30 calendar days or 10 legislative days — whichever is longer — for the full House and Senate to each send a disapproval resolution to the governor.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa.’s RGGI rule, which would put a price on carbon dioxide, nears finish line after oversight board vote

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program among 11 northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, aims to cut carbon emissions by charging power plants for each ton of pollution they emit.

By Rachel McDevitt
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