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Rachel McDevitt, Reporter / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Rachel McDevitt is a reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania at WITF.

Rachel joined WITF in 2017 as the host of Fresh Air and All Things Considered. She previously reported for WITF’s Radio Pennsylvania Network, where her work earned the National Association of State Radio Network’s award for best feature two years in a row. The western Pennsylvania native started her journalism career with the CBS affiliate in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Rachel is a graduate of Temple University.

Latest by Rachel McDevitt


Updated: July 14, 2020 | 5:58 pm

Wolf, legislature draw closer to more tax breaks for the natural gas industry

The compromise measure lowers the size of the tax break from more than $1 billion to $670 million over 25 years.

By Rachel McDevitt

Are gas royalty owners buyers or sellers? In a court fight over royalties, the answer to that question could make all the difference to landowners

The state attorney general’s office says when someone sells drilling rights to a company, they should be covered under the consumer protection law. Drillers in the lawsuit argue the landowners aren’t buying anything — so they’re not protected consumers.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. House moves to block RGGI entrance as DEP estimates it will save money and lives

The House voted 130-71 Wednesday to prevent the state joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative through executive action.

By Rachel McDevitt

What was the National Guard doing in Philadelphia, anyway?

A Q&A with Brigadier General David Wood, who oversees all domestic response missions as the Director of the Joint Staff for the Pennsylvania National Guard.

By Rachel McDevitt

House committee takes first step to block Pa.’s entry into regional cap-and-trade program

The bill would bar the Department of Environmental Protection from taking any action that is designed to control carbon dioxide emissions, including participation in a regional greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program such as RGGI, unless the action is authorized by the General Assembly.  

By Rachel McDevitt

For some black voters in the midstate, a vote is a call for change

Some black voters pointed to ongoing protests against police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic as reasons to get to the polls. 

By Rachel McDevitt and Brett Sholtis

Wolf Administration advances proposed emission limits on thousands of oil and gas sites

A proposed regulation would require better monitoring and control of emissions at existing oil and gas wells and related sites.

By Rachel McDevitt

DEP stood to gain new staffers, but now faces flat funding to start next fiscal year

Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget included $5 million to hire more staff at DEP and DCNR.  

By Rachel McDevitt

As states plan to sue EPA over Chesapeake Bay cleanup, agency promises modest funds to help efforts

EPA says Pennsylvania has the largest commitment to reduce nitrogen among bay states.

By Rachel McDevitt

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill that would halt new regulations during pandemic

The Democratic governor said the prohibition, in a bill passed along party lines by the GOP-led legislature, would violate the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches, and would halt an essential government operation.

By Rachel McDevitt
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