Marie Cusick, Reporter

As the Harrisburg reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania, Marie Cusick covers energy and environmental issues for public radio stations statewide. She’s also part of NPR’s energy and environment team, which coordinates coverage between the network and select member station reporters around the country. Her work frequently airs on NPR shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Since 2012, Marie has closely followed the political, social, environmental, and economic effects of Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom. Her work has been recognized at the regional and national levels– honors include a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Previously, Marie was a multimedia reporter for WMHT in Albany, New York and covered technology for the station’s statewide public affairs TV show, New York NOW. In 2018, she became StateImpact’s first FAA-licensed drone pilot.

Latest by Marie Cusick


Lawmakers seek support for nuclear bailout bill

The memo is a first step toward introducing legislation to bail out Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry, and provides the first look at what a proposal might contain.

By Marie Cusick

After some awkward moments, kids dressed as the Lorax got to meet Gov. Wolf — and make their point

Wolf staffers initially said he was busy, but the children saw him walking into his office and pressured him to meet.

By Marie Cusick

Pa. researcher helps document deforestation, mass extinction in Haiti

New research from a Temple University scientist shows Haiti is closer to losing its rich biodiversity than almost any other country in the world.

By Marie Cusick

Removal of display board from Amtrak’s 30th Street Station may be delayed

Local congressman is convening a stakeholder group to discuss the fate of the sign.

By Marie Cusick


Mariner East pipelines: Judge reviews request for immediate shutdown

An administrative law judge for the state Public Utility Commission heard a second day of testimony Friday on whether to continue to allow operation of the controversial Mariner East pipelines while she reviews a request that the lines be permanently shut down. Several residents say Sunoco’s public awareness plan in the event of a leak is inadequate.

By Marie Cusick

Pennsylvania nuclear plants could be saved, report says, if lawmakers act

A new legislative report, almost two years in the making, calls on Pennsylvania lawmakers to take steps that could prevent the early closure of two nuclear plants. Critics say bailing out struggling plants is the wrong move.

By Marie Cusick

Climate petition calls on Pennsylvania to cut emissions through cap-and-trade system

Dozens of groups including environmental organizations, legal scholars, churches, and local governments argue Pennsylvania has the legal authority and constitutional duty to act on climate change.

By Marie Cusick


2018 election results: Pa. goes blue statewide. But purple in Congressional races.

Two years ago, Republicans won 13 out of 18 House seats in Pennsylvania. This year, Dems hoped to make big gains.

By Ed Mahon and Marie Cusick