Susan Phillips

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


Amid global push to reduce carbon emissions, Japan looks past battery-powered electric cars and envisions a ‘hydrogen society’

Hydrogen fuel cell buses are on tap for 2020 Olympics, and more fuel stations are planned
By Susan Phillips

State attorney general, Delaware County district attorney launch criminal investigation into Sunoco, Energy Transfer

Chester County’s district attorney is already investigating the Mariner East pipeline project. The company said it will “aggressively” defend itself.

By Susan Phillips

Updated: February 15, 2019 | 4:43 pm

Pa. to begin its own process of setting health limit for two PFAS chemicals

As EPA launches national PFAS plan, Pennsylvania says its people ‘can’t wait’ for federal government
By Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips

Freshwater mussel hatchery at Bartram’s Gardens aims to provide natural filter for Pennsylvania rivers and streams

Pennvest invests $7.9 million for mid-Atlantic hatchery
By Susan Phillips

‘energy, explained’ podcast: What responsible reporting on scientific research looks like

Learning how journalists report on scientific research can help readers or listeners assess the credibility of what they read and hear.

By Amy Sisk and Susan Phillips


Boys club no more: four women to represent Pa. in Congress

‘Year of the woman’ took nearly a century to arrive
By Susan Phillips

Mariner East 2: What are natural gas liquids, and what happens if they leak?

The pipeline will carry volatile propane, ethane and butane, which has raised fears of many who live near it — even though explosions are rare. As part of StateImpact Pennsylvania’s “Mariner East 2: At what risk?” series, we put together this video to explain what those substances are and how they act both inside the pipeline and if they got out, and how you should respond if there’s a leak.

By Susan Phillips and Tom Downing

Spotted lanternfly battle is on: Can Pennsylvania stop this invasive threat to trees and plants?

It’s a menace to grapes and orchards, among other things, and millions of dollars are being spent to kill it. One person on the front line of the fight says, “I’ve never seen an insect situation like this before.”

By Susan Phillips