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


Trump pounds fracking as a wedge issue in Pa. But if it’s not a top concern for voters, how much can it help?

While Trump keeps bringing it up in the campaign, Pennsylvania voters are most focused on health care, the pandemic and the economy.

By Susan Phillips

Whistleblower claims Mariner East construction lacks proper safety measures related to sinkholes, subsidence

In legal claim, professional geologist says Sunoco prevents proper inspections, edits reports on erosion
By Susan Phillips


DEP approves changes to Mariner East construction methods at three troubled sites in Delaware, Chester counties

Mariner East construction at three sites that require drilling through porous limestone can shift from horizontal directional drilling to open trench.

By Susan Phillips

Paddle protest at Marsh Creek Lake calls for Mariner East shutdown

DEP: No fish-kills or known impacts to drinking water
By Susan Phillips

Mariner East construction spills 10,000 gallons of drilling mud into Chester County lake

Drilling mud released into Marsh Creek, which feeds into popular lake in state park
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
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