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


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

Energy Transfer seeks waiver to continue some Mariner East work

Company says state has allowed some work to continue
By Susan Phillips

Mariner East construction shut down by governor’s order

There was some confusion after residents near the line awoke Friday to activity they thought was supposed to have stopped Thursday night. But construction of the pipeline will be suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Susan Phillips


Electricity usage down across the region, which helps power grid staffing

PJM had prepared for pandemics and even did dry-runs with their staff working from home.
By Susan Phillips

Philadelphia proposes banning hydrofluoric acid, toxic chemical in refinery explosion

The proposal stems from last summer’s explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia.
By Susan Phillips

Updated: February 5, 2020 | 9:02 am

Gov. Wolf’s budget proposes boosting staff at Pa.’s departments of environmental protection, and conservation and natural resources

In annual budget address, Wolf talked about need for pipeline reform
By Susan Phillips


Magistrate finds pipeline opponents guilty in trespass case that exposes tensions between residents and pipeline construction

The Clatterbucks say it's an example of intimidation by security guards hired by Energy Transfer
By Susan Phillips
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