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


Citizen climate petition advances, after state board approves further study of cap-and-trade program

The ramifications of the petition could be politically significant– allowing significant climate policy to be implemented without new legislation.

By Marie Cusick

How much would a nuclear subsidy add to your electric bill? Here’s a breakdown

State lawmakers are considering giving out roughly half-a-billion dollars a year in subsidies Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry. How much would it cost you?

By Marie Cusick

Political fight begins over bill to rescue Pennsylvania nuclear industry

A House panel heard a litany of arguments for and against a bill that would provide a $500 million annual subsidy to Pennsylvania’s nuclear industry.

By Marie Cusick

State Senate introduces a nuclear bailout bill, similar to $500 million proposal from House last month

Like a House bill introduced last month, the new Senate proposal adds nuclear power to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.

By Marie Cusick

Poll shows Pennsylvanians’ concerns about climate change are increasing

The survey found 68 percent of respondents want the state to do more to address climate change.

By Marie Cusick

Watch ‘Three Mile Island: The New Nuclear Dilemma’

The partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg in 1979 sparked a major anti-nuclear backlash — halting the industry’s growth in the U.S. for decades. But now, amid climate concerns, there’s a big push to keep nuclear plants open.

By Marie Cusick

Rep. Mehaffie talks up his nuclear bailout bill; opponents line up to trash it

Dauphin County Republican puts the price tag of his nuclear bailout at $500 million annually, arguing that’s cheaper than doing nothing.

By Marie Cusick

Unsolicited, PUC commissioner sends legislators a breakdown of nuclear bailout options

In Andrew Place's analysis, Three Mile Island would close under most scenarios
By Marie Cusick

Read a draft of Pennsylvania’s nuclear bailout bill

Draft legislation aimed at helping Pennsylvania’s ailing nuclear industry would reclassify the plants as “zero emission energy” and create new requirements for how electric companies are to purchase power.

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