Scott Blanchard

Scott Blanchard is editor of StateImpact Pennsylvania, an award-winning public media collaboration among WITF, WHYY in Philadelphia and The Allegheny Front in Pittsburgh that covers the state’s energy economy.

Before joining StateImpact in 2017, Blanchard was enterprise editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, where he led the newsroom’s investigative and projects reporting. He was a 2013 Ochberg Fellow, receiving training at Columbia University in PTSD science, self-help and peer support. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors. A Rockville, Md., native, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s journalism school.

Latest by Scott Blanchard


The Svínafellsjökull glacier in Iceland. Glacial retreat is among the most visible impacts of climate change. Since the early 20th century, with few exceptions, glaciers around the world have been retreating at unprecedented rates.

Pennsylvania has a key role in talk of a carbon-neutral economy. We’ll take a closer look at the stakes

StateImpact Pennsylvania is part of “Covering Climate Now,” an effort led by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation magazine to focus news organizations’ efforts on coverage of the issue.

By Scott Blanchard

Power lines

Jessica Cutaiar never liked the taste of the well water at her Sellersville home. Now she knows it is contaminated with PFAS, a chemical used in fire retardant foam.

Map of Pennsylvania. Original image used under a creative commons license (https://bit.ly/1mhaR6e).

Ask StateImpact Pennsylvania: Vote for which reader question we should answer

Climate change, industry regulation and solar power are among the topics readers have been wondering about.

By Scott Blanchard

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Amy Sisk, left, with panelists Paulina Jaramillo, Greg Reed and Ivonne Peña at a public event in Pittsburgh Tuesday Jan. 29 called

‘energy, explained’ podcast: Climate change’s big question: Can we get to zero carbon?

At a Jan. 29 public event, three experts peered into the future — near-term and long-term

By Scott Blanchard

FILE PHOTO: Newsmen and spectators stand in front of the main gate of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Middletown, Penn., April 2, 1979.

‘I remember TMI’: An oral history of the 1979 Three Mile Island accident as told by people who lived nearby

Seven residents tell their stories of uncertainty, confusion, fear and the decision they faced: Stay home amid risk of radiation, or flee.

By Scott Blanchard

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In this photo, from 2015 Joe Main, third from left, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, and Patricia Silvey, center, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations with MSHA, speak with workers at the Gibson North mine, in Princeton, Ind. Federal mining regulators in December 2017 indicated they were reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust - the cause of black lung - and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer.

‘energy, explained’ podcast: The black lung disease epidemic that ‘shouldn’t have happened’

NPR reporter Howard Berkes joins StateImpact’s Reid Frazier to discuss regulatory failures — and the human cost, including to Pennsylvania miners — of a disease that has been described as ‘suffocating while alive.’

By Scott Blanchard

About 140 people attended

StateImpact Pennsylvania invites public to forum in Pittsburgh on the climate change challenge

Energy Innovation Center is the site for the Jan. 29 event
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