Susan Phillips | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Susan Phillips

Susan Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people's every day lives. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Susan's coverage of the 2008 Presidential election resulted in a story on the front page of the New York Times. In 2010 she traveled to Haiti to cover the earthquake. That same year she produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." She received a 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for her work covering natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She has also won several Edward R. Murrow awards for her work with StateImpact. In 2013/14 she spent a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. She has also been a Metcalf Fellow, an MBL Logan Science Journalism Fellow and reported from Marrakech on the 2016 climate talks as an International Reporting Project Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.

Latest by Susan Phillips


How Tropical Storm Isaias is connected to climate change

A new field of climate science known as attribution science examines how a warming atmosphere plays a part in individual weather events.

By Susan Phillips

Rising seas puts hundreds of Superfund sites at risk, study says

The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists warns sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware could be flooded during severe weather events.

By Susan Phillips

More sinkholes develop alongside Mariner East construction in Chester County

Residents asking Public Utility Commission to shut down construction
By Susan Phillips

Family that lost hundreds of trees to failed pipeline project settles with company, gets land back

Constitution pipeline builder cut 558 trees to make way for line that never got built
By Susan Phillips

Charges dismissed in alleged Mariner East buy-a-badge scheme; Chester County residents push DA to re-file charges

District Attorney so far silent on whether she will re-file case against Energy Transfer employee
By Susan Phillips

Updated: June 26, 2020 | 3:30 pm

Pa. grand jury report on fracking: DEP failed to protect public health

“Regulators were supposed to prevent abuse by big corporations, and level the playing field,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “But they didn’t.”

By Reid Frazier and Susan Phillips


Pa. attorney general charges Cabot Oil and Gas with environmental crimes

More than a decade after DEP found Cabot caused methane migration in Dimock, the Houston-based company faces criminal charges.

By Susan Phillips

EPA’s new rule limits states’ ability to regulate pipelines under the Clean Water Act

The EPA’s new rule reverses 50 years of practice regarding how states protect water supplies from large infrastructure projects.

By Susan Phillips

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