Rachel McDevitt / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Rachel McDevitt is a reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania at WITF.

Rachel joined WITF in 2017 as the host of 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


Analysts forecast rise in oil and gas impact fees after prices rose in 2021

The state’s Independent Fiscal Office expects drillers to pay about $234 million dollars in impact fees for 2021.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf administration gives $2.7M to cleaner transportation projects, including ones powered by fossil fuels

Some environmental advocates say the program is outdated.

By Rachel McDevitt

York County lawmaker to lead state delegation to Chesapeake Bay cleanup board

Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York) represents an area of York County that borders the Susquehanna River, which is the Chesapeake Bay’s largest source of fresh water.

By Rachel McDevitt

Penn State researchers aim to debunk myths surrounding spotted lanternfly

Some misconceptions about the spotted lanternfly came as a result of misunderstandings about the bug soon after it was discovered in Berks County in 2014.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf vetoes measure to block RGGI entrance

In his veto message, Wolf said the regulation “is a vital step for Pennsylvania to reduce carbon emissions and achieve our climate goals.”

By Rachel McDevitt

House environmental chair says he won’t run for reelection

In recent years, Metcalfe invited known climate science deniers to testify at hearings where they argued against measures meant to address global warming.

By Rachel McDevitt

Study: Flood risk rising across Pennsylvania as climate changes

Penn State research shows most cities and boroughs in the state are projected to face higher flood risks by the year 2099.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf Administration says it wants to improve environmental justice policy

Environmental justice areas include low-income neighborhoods and communities of color that shoulder more than a typical share of climate and environmental risks that can affect people’s health.

By Rachel McDevitt

Top stories of 2021: The fight over RGGI

Pennsylvania moved closer this year to joining a regional program to cut emissions from power plants, despite repeated attempts to stop it from Republicans who control the legislature.

By Rachel McDevitt

Lawmakers consider bill to account for cleanup when developing renewable energy projects

Critics say the proposal holds wind and solar to higher standards than natural gas, and could discourage development in the state.

By Rachel McDevitt
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