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

Cracking down on warehouses to stem pollution from trucks

Heavy-duty diesel trucks are the biggest source of pollution in greater Los Angeles. Will making warehouses responsible for their emissions help?

Most urban trees in SoCal aren't native. Here's why we need to replace them

Researchers want to identify which trees are better suited to a hotter, drier climate — and then convince people to plant them.

AQMD to vote on proposal to regulate warehouses, freight facilities to fight pollution

Southern California is one of the most hazardous places to breathe in the United States.

OC mayors have picked a new, remote site to shelter evicted homeless

Homeless advocates had criticized similar proposed sites, raising concerns about access to services, transportation and jobs, since the goal is to move as many people as possible off the the streets permanently.

How 'FernGully' inspired a generation to pursue environmental justice

Director Bill Kroyer on how the 1992 film had a lasting impact on young moviegoers at the time, including KPCC's environment reporter, Emily Guerin.

LA Football Club diehards wanted a stadium that was loud, intimidating and never let you sit down

The "Supporters Section" in the L.A. Football Club's new stadium in Exposition Park is designed to fit the demands of diehard enthusiasts. (They don't want to be called "fans.")

Why SoCal's 'Super Bloom' was a super bust this year

Last year's incredible wildflower display created an Instagram frenzy. This year, not so much. What changed?

Giant swath of ocean off California could get new protections

What’s the best way to protect coral reefs and underwater sponge gardens from being damaged by fishing gear? New plan would ban bottom trawling in certain areas.

Here’s another chance to get paid to rip out your lawn

A popular "cash for grass" program is coming back to Southern California this summer. But there are a lot more rules this time.

Water Day: Have you kept up with your water conservation efforts?

Since Gov. Jerry Brown called off California's drought emergency a year ago, we Californians seem to have gotten a little lazy when it comes to water conservation.

Californians are back to using about as much water as before the drought

There's a fine line between crying wolf and getting people to keep saving water, even when we're not in a crisis. California water agencies are trying to walk that line.

This is the 7th evacuation for one Montecito resident — since December

Multiple evacuations take a toll on Montecito resident Gretchen Horn, who hasn't been home since the mudslides on Jan. 9 forced her and her family to leave. "I don’t want to be scared of my town, but it’s scary right now."

Powerful storm hits SoCal, triggering evacuations

Thousands of residents evacuated their homes ahead of the storm while others were waiting it out and hoping for the best.

How to stay safe as the strongest storm of the season rolls into SoCal

Where to get sandbags, sign up for emergency alerts and monitor storm conditions near the Thomas Fire and other burn areas.

Why California officials are killing coyote, after coyote, after coyote

Victims of coyote attacks often go to the hospital, while authorities attempt to find the offending animal with the intention of euthanizing it.