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

Thomas Fire burns 50,500 acres, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate

The Thomas Fire broke out Monday near Santa Paula has grown wildly to almost 80 square miles, burning more than 150 structures. About 38,000 people have been evacuated.

Mitch O’Farrell criticizes policy to close LA River for high E. coli levels

If the protocol had been in place this summer, the river would've been closed four times due to high levels of the fecal bacteria.

Why driving an electric car in LA could be cheaper than gas

Southern Californians can save as much as $884 a year in fuel costs by switching to an electric car, according to a new report. But they'd have to charge at off-peak times.

'Huge and unexpected drop' in California's carbon emissions

New data shows greenhouse gas emissions from California's largest polluters fell in 2016, mostly from electricity generation.

Live near an oil well? CARB wants to know what you breathe

A new state program will monitor air quality in neighborhoods near oil and gas facilities. But critics say it should lead to measurable improvements, not just more data.

Californians still use more water than the national average

Californians cut way back on water consumption during the drought. But we still trail far behind many East Coast states.

Want to breathe cleaner air? Move the bus stop

Researchers conclude relocating bus stops away from intersections can dramatically cut the amount of vehicle emissions riders breathe.

LA, Long Beach ports approve plan to cut air pollution

Among the plans: transitioning more trucks, cranes and cargo-handling equipment to electric and natural gas over the next 13 years.

Climate change is shrinking Colorado River flow

Southern California gets a third of its water from the Colorado River. Higher temperatures mean more water is simply evaporating instead of flowing downstream.

How we'll close the LA River when it gets too polluted

A KPCC investigation revealed that multiple government agencies failed to act after they discovered high E.coli levels in the water.

How dirty is the air outside your door? Now you can afford to find out

Small, low-cost air sensors can reveal how clean the air is at your house, your kid's school or almost anywhere else.

You might have to pay $70 to visit Joshua Tree

A proposal would more than double the entrance fees at select national parks during peak season to pay for a backlog in maintenance.

Changes ordered for oil drilling site near USC

The site's operator will have to make major changes, including monitoring noise, air quality controlling emissions.

What the Clean Power Plan repeal means for California

The move to scuttle President Obama's signature act to cut greenhouse gas emissions nationwide won't have much impact in the Golden State.

Breathing polluted air while pregnant may cause ADHD in kids

A new study finds children of mothers who breathed polluted air in congested urban neighborhoods while pregnant had more symptoms of ADHD.