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



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

In a polarized Pennsylvania, Smucker, King have divergent visions for 11th District

Both candidates say healthcare is one of the top concerns they hear from voters.
By Marie Cusick


Climate change: A crisis for humanity, but not a big deal in the Pa. governor’s race

Neither Gov. Tom Wolf nor his GOP challenger Scott Wagner have made addressing climate change a top priority.

By Marie Cusick

We’re wired to be wary of certain things. Here’s why pipelines are among them

As part of the “Mariner East 2: At what risk?” series, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports that pipelines are not likely to explode, but sometimes, they do — and that makes a huge impression on our brains.

By Marie Cusick

Wolf administration, two years after climate pledge: ‘no specific timeline’ on methane regulations

New requirements for oil and gas industry don't affect thousands of existing wells
By Marie Cusick


Penn State researchers join international effort to study Antarctic ‘doomsday’ glacier

Models show melting could lead to three feet of sea rise across the globe. “Three feet all over the world is a massive amount of water,” a researcher said.

By Marie Cusick

Royalties: Why some strike it rich in the natural gas patch, and others strike out

When natural gas companies approached Charlie Clark and Jim Barrett about the minerals under their farms, the northern Pennsylvania landowners in neighboring counties both decided to let them drill.

By Marie Cusick and Amy Sisk