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

Mountain lion P-64 crossed LA freeways 5 times in 2 weeks

The adult male crossed through a culvert under the 101 freeway late last month. If he stays put and breeds, he could help reduce inbreeding in the tiny Santa Monica Mountains population.

New housing grows fastest in SoCal's most fire-prone areas

Homes are being built rapidly on the edges of cities, where the risk of wildfire is greatest — and in areas that have already burned.

Tourism is booming in California's desert. So why is Trump opening it up to mining?

Mining jobs in the Southern California desert have dropped while the tourism economy grows quickly. Just look at what's happening outside Joshua Tree.

#SoCalSoCurious: Ask us anything about water in California!

Barring a "March Miracle" of rain and snow, this winter could be one of the warmest and driest on record — and that could mean drought.

Plan looks to close the LA River when bacteria spikes

The city wants to strike a balance between encouraging recreation on the L.A. River while protecting the health of people who boat and fish.

LA County isn’t doing enough to protect people living near oil wells

To protect against loud noises, odors and noxious fumes, oil wells should be five times farther from homes and schools than they currently are, a new study finds.

A ban on water wasting would be a drop in the bucket

As California slips back into drought, the state is banning many obviously wasteful uses of water. But other conservation measures promise much bigger savings. So why is the state doing this?

Emissions from deodorant, bug spray may rival cars and trucks

A new study finds volatile organic chemical emissions from many familiar household products have been underestimated in greater Los Angeles.

LA Times is back in local hands. What do locals have to say about it?

"I think it’s important to have an owner who is invested in the city, both personally and professionally. You just have a different understanding of what’s going on."

For schools near freeways, air filters help kids breathe

More than 70 schools across Southern California that are near freeways have air filters to take out dangerous diesel particulate matter. But more are needed.

Trump administration to reconsider protection of California desert

The Interior Department is considering reopening to other uses federal land that had been set aside for conservation under the Obama administration.

Gov. Brown wants 5 million electric cars on the road by 2030

Brown hopes to hit that ambitious goal by building half a million electric and hydrogen fueling stations and offering $1.6 billion on vehicle rebates.

Scientists observe cloud seeding for the first time ever

“You’re trying to measure ice crystals from an aircraft that’s flying through the clouds at a couple of hundred miles per hour,” he said. These observations could help secure Southern California's water supply.

Robots steal port jobs — but they also fight climate change

"It makes me sick to my stomach," one worker says of the mostly automated loading dock. Automation has helped lower diesel pollution by 85 percent‚ but at a high human cost.

Gov. Brown calls Trump official to say: No drilling off CA

A week after the Department of Interior released its offshore drilling plan, governors of coastal states are asking Secretary Ryan Zinke to spare their coastline. Including Gov. Jerry Brown.