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WHYY hosts StateImpact community event

WHYY StateImpact event

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Chris Satullo takes questions from the audience at the WHYY StateImpact event with Susan Phillips and Scott Detrow.

About 150 people attended a program last Tuesday at WHYY in Philadelphia on StateImpact Pennsylvania’s reporting on natural gas drilling.

Reporters Scott Detrow and Susan Phillips played audio clips from some of their best stories and discussed what they learned while working on them. They also discussed the challenges of covering this beat, such as the difficulty in getting information from gas drillers and state regulators. The program was moderated by Chris Satullo, WHYY’s executive director of news and civic dialogue. He started with an overview of the StateImpact program and its mission, and then kept the program moving with questions from the audience. A reception for about 30 station donors was held just before the StateImpact event.

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Meet the Team: Scott Detrow

Detrow, hard at work.

Scott Detrow is part of the Pennsylvania team that will be digging up stories on what’s powering the state’s energy economy. We’ve had a great time working with him already and he’s doing a fantastic job populating the new StateImpact Pennsylvania site. I asked Scott a few questions so you can get to know him, his background and his town of Harrisburg a little better.


Tell us, what made you interested in the StateImpact project after your experience covering the Pennsylvania legislature?
Since I’ve started covering it, I’ve seen the Marcellus Shale go from something people confuse for a person – Marcellus Who? — to a national news story. The chance to spend all my time covering drilling and other energy issues – and to do so from out in the field, as opposed to the state Capitol – was too great to pass up. I’m also excited about moving from daily spot news reporting to investigative work. Continue reading