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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


Offshore wind farms could reduce Atlantic City’s surfclam fishery revenue up to 25%, Rutgers study suggests

The Atlantic surfclam industry generates about $30 million in yearly revenue. But a new study shows offshore wind development planned for the Jersey coast could cut that income up to 25%.

By Susan Phillips

Major export terminal pitched in Chester sets up clash between Biden’s LNG, environmental justice goals

Penn America Energy wants to construct a massive LNG export terminal along the Delaware River in Chester.

By Susan Phillips and Kenny Cooper/WHYY

Consumer advocates in Pennsylvania caution against switching electric suppliers as utilities raise rates

Consumer advocates warn that unless you are willing to take the time and do your homework, it’s best to stick with the “default provider” utility.

By Susan Phillips

Expert: ‘Some form of gas’ is likely culprit in deadly Pottstown home explosion

Richard Kuprewicz, president of the energy infrastructure firm Accufacts, has investigated pipeline explosions and often serves as an expert witness. He says the investigation has to run its course to determine exactly what happened.

By Susan Phillips



Worried by Ukraine war impacts, environmentalists petition feds to dump LNG by rail

Environmental groups are urging the Biden administration to reverse a Trump-era rule that allows rail shipments of liquified natural gas (LNG).

By Susan Phillips

Mariner East pipeline motivates activist’s Green Party run for Pa. governor

Christina Digiulio said she has no illusions about winning the governor’s race as a Green Party candidate. But she wants to raise the voice of people who she says have been harmed by “pay to pollute” corporations.

By Susan Phillips

People living near Mariner East pipeline say they see work continuing — even though company says construction is finished

The company says the ongoing work isn’t construction — but people who have experience with the pipeline don’t trust the company.

By Susan Phillips

Record-breaking offshore wind leases top $4 billion for coastal New Jersey and New York

The Biden Administration’s first offshore wind lease sales topped $4 billion for 488,000 acres, blowing away previous records and marking a shift in energy dollars toward renewables.

By Susan Phillips
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