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

Why have more people died in the mudslides than in the Thomas Fire?

Two people died in the largest wildfire state history. The mudslides have killed far more. How come? Experts say it's a combination of perceived threat and 'disaster burnout.'

First emergency alert warning sent at least an hour before mudslides hit Montecito

The first notification from the National Weather Service hit more than 17,000 cellphones in the Montecito area at 2:32 a.m. Tuesday.

LA sues port trucking companies for labor violations

City Atty. Mike Feuer alleges the companies are illegally treating their drivers as independent contractors, not employees, to boost their bottom line.

Offshore drilling in CA has a chance, but it may be unlikely

What dissuades oil companies from expanding drilling? Low oil prices, plus the potential for costly legal battles, which California may provide.

California vows to fight Trump's offshore drilling plan

Gov. Jerry Brown says the Trump administration's push to open federal waters to offshore drilling is "reckless and short-sighted."

What's behind the record-breaking stretch of 'no burn' days?

It's been a hazy shade of winter in Southern California. Thursday is the 11th straight day that you can't burn wood in your fireplace.

It's too soon to worry about drought, despite dry winter

Near-record rainfall last year led to flooding and snapped a historic drought, but the state is far drier than normal this winter.

Even 'clean' air can kill you, new study says

Thousands of older adults are dying prematurely every year from breathing air that meets federal safety standards, but is somewhat polluted.

Nestle warned it lacks rights to SoCal forest spring water

State regulators say Nestle, which sells Arrowhead bottled water, doesn't have proper rights to about three-quarters of the water it withdraws from the San Bernardino National Forest for bottling.

What will the Thomas Fire burn zone look like in the future?

Scientists say it depends on two things: how much it rains, and how soon the area burns again in another wildfire.

Thomas Fire: This weatherman tells firefighters what to expect

Rich Thompson works 12-hour days to answer the question everyone wants to know: when, exactly, will the Santa Ana winds start blowing?

'Defensible space' couldn't keep Ventura County from burning

Ventura County officials say their tough approach to fire prevention has saved countless homes in previous wildfires. The Thomas Fire changed all that.

Drought kills 27 million more trees in California

But the death rate is slowing down thanks to the wet winter.

#SoCalSoCurious: We answer your questions about the wildfires

KPCC journalists are covering the fires burning across Southern California and are working hard to answer community members' questions.

'We didn't have time to pack anything': Stories from the Thomas Fire

Ventura residents never thought wildfire would upend the sense of security and stability they had placed in their neighborhoods until flames were at the door.