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Susan Phillips / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Susan Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people's every day lives. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Susan's coverage of the 2008 Presidential election resulted in a story on the front page of the New York Times. In 2010 she traveled to Haiti to cover the earthquake. That same year she produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." She received a 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for her work covering natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She has also won several Edward R. Murrow awards for her work with StateImpact. In 2013/14 she spent a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. She has also been a Metcalf Fellow, an MBL Logan Science Journalism Fellow and reported from Marrakech on the 2016 climate talks as an International Reporting Project Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.

Latest by Susan Phillips


Family that lost hundreds of trees to failed pipeline project settles with company, gets land back

Constitution pipeline builder cut 558 trees to make way for line that never got built
By Susan Phillips

Updated: June 26, 2020 | 3:30 pm

Pa. grand jury report on fracking: DEP failed to protect public health

“Regulators were supposed to prevent abuse by big corporations, and level the playing field,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “But they didn’t.”

By Reid Frazier and Susan Phillips

Pa. attorney general charges Cabot Oil and Gas with environmental crimes

More than a decade after DEP found Cabot caused methane migration in Dimock, the Houston-based company faces criminal charges.

By Susan Phillips

EPA’s new rule limits states’ ability to regulate pipelines under the Clean Water Act

The EPA’s new rule reverses 50 years of practice regarding how states protect water supplies from large infrastructure projects.

By Susan Phillips


StateImpact, NPR reporters to host virtual town hall about pandemic’s effect on the environment

Questions about the environment under COVID-19? Register and ask.
By Susan Phillips

How one nursing home is limiting the spread of COVID-19 among veterans

“We had a head start, if you will, in the sense that we had the basic testing equipment in place that we used for other purposes.”
By Susan Phillips

Updated: April 17, 2020 | 12:00 pm

Pennsylvania raises alarms on transfer of radioactive Three Mile Island reactor

The Department of Environmental Protection raised several concerns related to the license transfer of TMI’s damaged Unit 2, including that “there are vast areas in the plant with unknown radiological conditions.”

By Susan Phillips

Updated: March 27, 2020 | 5:25 pm

Wolf vetoes natural gas tax-break bill

Proponents: Economic impact of new coronavirus pandemic should boost efforts to override veto
By Susan Phillips

Updated: March 25, 2020 | 10:45 pm

Mariner East construction back on after waiver requests approved

Wolf administration grants all of Energy Transfer's waiver requests
By Susan Phillips
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