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


Jersey Shore’s fishing industry wonders: Can it coexist with industrial sized wind farms?

The wind farms would occupy some of the most fertile fishing grounds in the nation, prompting a growing battle between fisheries and wind power.
By Susan Phillips

Climate activists set their sights on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Gov. Wolf needs to appoint two new commissioners this fall to fill vacancies on the five-member board, but faces pushback in the state Senate, which opposes Pa.’s plans to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

By Susan Phillips

Chester County Commissioners urge PUC to act as Mariner East pipeline construction causes more sinkholes

At the request of the Department of Environmental Protection, Sunoco stopped construction on a section of the line near Valley Creek and the Chester County library.

By Susan Phillips

EPA takes up environmental justice complaint against Philly’s permit for SEPTA power plant in Nicetown

Opponents feared more air pollution and criticized reliance on fossil fuels amid the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The city says it did what it was supposed to do.

By Susan Phillips

EPA-approved fracking chemicals include substances that form ‘forever chemicals’

The report by the group Physicians for a Social Responsibility is based on a public records request. The group didn’t find evidence of the chemicals used in PA wells.

By Susan Phillips

You might want to mask up: Fireworks cause spikes in air pollution

The chemical compounds and reactions that make all those colorful lights shine and explode come with a toxic stew of air pollutants.

By Susan Phillips

Pa. efforts to halt plastic bag bans recede as Philadelphia begins to enact its own law

Philadelphia and four suburban towns sued in March over the General Assembly’s ban on plastic bag bans.

By Susan Phillips

U.S. Supreme Court rules PennEast pipeline project can use eminent domain to take N.J. state land

The ruling reverses a the Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision that held New Jersey could block construction on conservation land. Industry praised the decision; PennEast opponents vowed to continue their fight.

By Susan Phillips

What researchers are learning about air pollution and the pandemic shutdown

As the coronavirus raged in the U.S., air quality researchers were granted the gift of a natural experiment. It may be another year before the data can be analyzed.

By Susan Phillips

Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery demolition to take four years, new owner Hilco says

After a video call with the company that’s redeveloping the PES site, some members of an environmental justice group said they still had questions.

By Susan Phillips
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