I am a Philadelphia-based journalist, currently employed 11053657_10155824888870643_5832444824729493530_nas an environmental, political and investigative reporter in the city’s suburban Bucks, Montgomery, and Burlington (N.J.) counties.

My reporting appears in three papers, owned by GateHouse Media, with a combined Sunday circulation of approximately 85,000: The Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, Pa.), The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pa.) and The Burlington County Times (Willingboro, N.J.).

My work includes an ongoing investigative series on contamination of local drinking water supplies by unregulated chemicals. The series, “Unwell Water,” has received national recognition, winning second place for in-depth reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists in 2017. The series also won the G. Richard Dew Award for Journalistic Service, the top journalism honor bestowed by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

Unwell Water has triggered action by a slew of local, state, and federal officials, including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and both of the state’s sitting U.S. Senators. Click the following links to hear me discuss the series on Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate, WHYY: 3/10/165/20/16, 5/26/17,and 7/17/17.

Other investigations have examined the crossroads of humans and nature: unearthing the unnerving history of a church-owned landfill, exploring the re-opening of a quarry in rural Bucks County, framing a century of industrial pollution in developed Bucks County, and revealing the dangers posed by oil trains traversing through suburbia. My byline has also appeared in a variety of regional publications, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, and Grid, a magazine focusing on sustainability in the city.


I grew up outside Reading, Pa. in a family of four teachers. Values of truth, honesty, and fairness were instilled early and often. Summers were often spent reveling in Pennsylvania’s natural wonders: camping, sailing, riding bikes, fishing, exploring. It seems to have stuck.



Twitter @KyleBagenstose


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