Natasha Khan

Digital Content Producer | PublicSource

Natasha Khan does web development and produces digital content for PublicSource. She manages the site and works with reporters to create graphics and multimedia content to make their stories more engaging for readers. She previously worked as PublicSource's environmental reporter for three years. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she graduated with a master's degree from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix where she specialized in multimedia coverage of border issues and politics.

While at ASU, she won several awards, including the top student prize for an in-depth project from the Society of Professional Journalists for her work on an expansive election fraud database during the 2012 presidential election.

Recently, she was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Cronkite School and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to use mobile air sensors to study pollution near shale gas sites.

In 2014, she was awarded first place in the enterprise/investigative category from the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association for a data story she co-wrote about the state's shoddy recordkeeping for amusement ride inspection reports.

She has been published in The Washington Post, and The Sacramento Bee.


Content by Natasha Khan

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There was some big fracking news this week so we rounded it up

ENVIRONMENT A lot happened this week. Profanity laced emails by a top environmental regulator. How Hillary Clinton spread fracking worldwide. A new study showing kids are most at risk for health problems near fracking operations. 

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Another round of DEP tests shows safe radioactivity levels in Southwestern Pennsylvania streams

ENVIRONMENT A second round of water sampling by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Ten Mile Creek and an abandoned coal mine that feeds into it has found radioactivity levels are within safe drinking water limits.

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Environmental concerns cited again as Pittsburgh suburb rejects another shale gas permit

ENVIRONMENT For the second time in a month a zoning board in Penn Township — a rural suburb about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh — has rejected a request for a small drilling company to construct a shale gas site.

Shale development in the area has been a hotly contested issue among residents, township officials and the drillers that want to set up shop. (Read PublicSource’s in-depth story about the community’s struggles.)

Part of the project: Clearing the air

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Carnegie Mellon researchers got $10 million from the EPA to study air quality in Pittsburgh

The federal government is dishing out $30 million in funding to three universities for air quality research, and Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University has snagged $10 million of it.

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Residents' concerns prompted plans to expand DEP air quality monitoring near shale gas sites in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced today it will expand the state’s air quality monitoring network for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) into more areas around compressors stations and near many shale gas wells.

Calling the move “unprecedented,” DEP Secretary John Quigley said during a press webinar that the state could soon have one of the largest air quality monitoring networks in the country.

“We heard the concerns of shale field residents and we are responding,” Quigley said.

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A Pittsburgh suburb just denied a shale gas permit based on environmental concerns

Citing environmental concerns, a zoning board has denied a permit request by a small drilling company to build the second shale gas well pad in Penn Township, a rural-residential suburb about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh.

“The applicant has failed to adequately demonstrate that the drill site operations will not violate the environmental rights of the citizens…” the decision for the Beattie Central Pad-37 states.

(Photo by Connor Mulvaney/PublicSource)

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Federal watchdog group says EPA isn’t ensuring drinking water is safe from energy waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing its job to protect underground drinking water supplies from the millions of gallons of wastewater produced by the nation’s oil and gas industry, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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Sanders releases anti-fracking ad before PA and NY primaries

On the cusp of primaries in New York and Pennsylvania, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has released an anti-fracking ad in an attempt to showcase his differences on the issue from his rival Hillary Clinton.

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Friday Derailment Roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

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Researchers find safe levels of cancer-causing chemicals in water at SWPA school

After two tests in November showed high levels of carcinogenic chemicals in drinking water at a small Washington County school district, a more in-depth round of testing by university researchers in February now shows safe levels in the area.