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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


Environmental groups up their election spending in PA citing ‘existential issues’

The executive director of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania said, “This is such an existential election for environmental issues in this state, particularly at the top of the ticket with the governor’s race.”

By Susan Phillips

New Jersey sues 5 oil companies and trade group over climate disinformation

NJ wants fossil fuel industry to pay for the impacts of climate change
By Susan Phillips

How the Clean Water Act fixed the Delaware River’s pollution problem

The backbone of the nation’s current water quality regulations dates back to the early 1970s with the passage of laws like the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act, which is 50 years old as of Oct. 18.

By Susan Phillips

PES refinery explosion investigation says EPA should scrutinize deadly chemical hydroflouric acid

The Chemical Safety Board’s investigation points to a corroded pipe as the source of the explosion. It also says several safety provisions failed to kick in immediately or were not in place.

By Susan Phillips

8 climate change activists arrested at Vanguard headquarters in suburban Philadelphia

The activists say Vanguard should be using more of its economic muscle to actively disinvest in companies contributing to global warming.

By Susan Phillips

Fracking ban in Delaware River Basin survives Pa. GOP lawmakers’ challenge in federal court

The four states in the Delaware River Basin — Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York — voted to ban fracking in February 2021.

By Susan Phillips

Catholic nuns fought pipeline on their Lancaster County land. Now, citing religious freedom, they seek damages in court

A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the case that pits the Natural Gas Act against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

By Susan Phillips

Could district steam systems provide a climate solution? Philadelphia Gas Works says no

PGW, which provides fossil fuel to heat the majority of Philly’s commercial and residential buildings, is under pressure to decarbonize. Vicinity Energy says it has an idea to help: decarbonize all the buildings within the current steam loop.

By Susan Phillips

Hurricane season off to a slow start, but major storms still possible in the region

NOAA forecast 14 to 21 named storms between June 1 and November 30, with 6 to 10 major hurricanes. Those predictions have been revised.

By Susan Phillips

Children living near Pa. fracking sites are at increased risk of leukemia, study finds

A known cause of acute lymphoblastic leukemia is benzene, a chemical released by oil and gas drilling activities into both air and water.

By Susan Phillips
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