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


Has the pandemic cleaned up our air? Answers could lie on your doorstep

Fewer cars, less coal-powered electricity, and industrial shutdowns combined with a cool and breezy spring has improved air quality in many areas.

By Susan Phillips

Report: Chesapeake Energy plans to file for bankruptcy

Oklahoma-based company led land rush into northeast Pennsylvania at start of fracking boom
By Susan Phillips

Warmer, wetter weather will bring more chicken farms to Pennsylvania, report says

DEP's Climate Change Impact Assessment report focuses on livestock and watershed
By Susan Phillips

Updated: April 17, 2020 | 12:00 pm

Pennsylvania raises alarms on transfer of radioactive Three Mile Island reactor

The Department of Environmental Protection raised several concerns related to the license transfer of TMI’s damaged Unit 2, including that “there are vast areas in the plant with unknown radiological conditions.”

By Susan Phillips

Could sea level rise elevate the reputation of an invasive reed?

Phragmites have invaded wetlands and pushed out native plants, but some say the hated reed could help in the battle against climate change.

By Susan Phillips and Maddy Lauria/Delaware News Journal

EPA relaxes enforcement because of COVID-19, but state and local governments do most oversight for major federal laws

Federal agency said new policy doesn't mean facilities can exceed allowed pollution limits
By Susan Phillips

Updated: March 27, 2020 | 5:25 pm

Wolf vetoes natural gas tax-break bill

Proponents: Economic impact of new coronavirus pandemic should boost efforts to override veto
By Susan Phillips

Updated: March 25, 2020 | 10:45 pm

Mariner East construction back on after waiver requests approved

Wolf administration grants all of Energy Transfer's waiver requests
By Susan Phillips

Energy Transfer seeks waiver to continue some Mariner East work

Company says state has allowed some work to continue
By Susan Phillips

Mariner East construction shut down by governor’s order

There was some confusion after residents near the line awoke Friday to activity they thought was supposed to have stopped Thursday night. But construction of the pipeline will be suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Susan Phillips
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