Emily Guerin

Senior Environment Reporter

Contact Emily Guerin

Emily Guerin is the Senior Environment Reporter at KPCC. She has been reporting on energy and environmental issues in the American West since 2012.

Guerin came to KPCC from North Dakota, where she covered the state’s historic oil and gas boom for Inside Energy, a multimedia journalism collaboration covering energy issues in Wyoming, Colorado and North Dakota. She won multiple awards for her reporting, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for stories on oilfield spills.

Previously, she lived in a town of 1,200 on Colorado’s rural Western Slope while reporting on natural resource and environmental issues for the Western magazine High Country News. She has also lead wilderness trips for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Guerin got her start in journalism reporting on the hidden back stories of abandoned buildings in Portland, Maine, while writing a column called “That’s My Dump!”

She graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Environmental Studies and History. Emily enjoys exploring out-of-the-way and otherwise overlooked places, a good cup of tea and riding her bike. She has lived in all four U.S. time zones.

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Stories by Emily Guerin

What happened to LA's 'shade balls'?

A year after LADWP dumped shade balls into the L.A. Reservoir and broke the internet, the little round balls are disappearing from the water.

Why fighting California's wildfires costs more than other states

The most expensive wildfires aren't necessarily the largest ones. It all depends on how many homes dot the fire-prone wilderness.

Despite drought, most CA water agencies ditch mandatory conservation

In Southern California, nine in 10 water agencies have scrapped mandatory cuts but many still tout voluntary conservation. Some see mixed message in fifth year of drought.

Hazardous chemical discovered in groundwater of 5 SoCal water agencies

A new EPA water standard means five SoCal water agencies have high levels of a hazardous chemical in their groundwater. Here's what they're doing about it.

Coyote attacks on the rise in LA, Orange counties

More people were bitten by coyotes in 2015 than in any of the previous three years — and this year is likely to surpass that. What's going on?

Can Southern Californians save water without being told to?

How well are Southern Californians saving water without being told to? The answer in most places is: not great.

Why it's so hard for California City to save water

This small desert city was supposed to rival Los Angeles. Today, it has less than 15,000 people. That history is part of why it's difficult for the city to save water today.

Experts say touching LA River water could make you sick

High levels of fecal bacteria in the L.A. River can make you sick. Experts worry the push to clean up the water is getting lost in the excitement over revitalizing the river.

Sand Fire: Most evacuations lifted as fire slows

The fire has burned about 52 square miles in just three days, but most evacuations were set to end Monday evening. The fire has destroyed at least 18 homes.

Huge sewage spill was LA's worst in 15 years

Los Angeles has come a long way since the late 90s, when the city averaged two sewage spills a day. That number has fallen by 85 percent.

Water is the theme of LA's first-ever public art biennial

Though most of the arts installations are near bodies of water like the ocean or L.A. River, some are far away from either. A couple of artists explain why.

First-ever LA urban coyote study generates surprises

Biologists have always wanted to know more about the city's urban coyotes. Last year, the National Park Service began the first-ever study. Here's what they've learned so far.

California's Monarch butterflies are dying

The iconic, once ubiquitous butterfly spends its winters along the California coast, and its habitat is threatened by development, drought and disease.

LA cuts coal use by 25 percent

As of July 1, LADWP is no longer buying coal-fired electricity from the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona.

Californians cut water use by 28 percent in May

In the last month of mandatory water restrictions, Californians saved 28% compared to May 2013. Going forward, agencies will set their own water cutback targets if necessary.