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

Southern California victims of the Las Vegas shooting

The local victims include a Simi Valley school office manager, a Manhattan Beach special education teacher and a Manhattan Beach civilian police employee.

A 'hysterical housewife' reflects on 39 years of environmental activism

Penny Newman began pushing to clean up toxic waste in the 1980s. Now, the mother of the environmental justice movement in Southern California is running for public office.

6 things homeowners should know about post-wildfire mudslides

KPCC tagged along with L.A. County officials as they went door to door teaching people affected by the La Tuna Fire how to protect their homes. Here's what we learned.

Tariffs could make CA solar pricier, cost thousands of industry jobs

U.S. trade officials have found that two domestic solar panel manufacturers have been harmed by cheap foreign competitors. President Trump could impose tariffs.

More wildfires mean more dirt in your water supply

Rainfall after fires sweeps sediment into reservoirs, meaning they can hold less water. A new study says that's likely to worsen with climate change.

They didn't know the LA River was full of E. coli — but public officials did

Days before a popular boat race, tests showed the water was full of feces-borne bacteria. Why didn't anyone tell the competitors?

What happens to wild animals after a wildfire?

Coyotes, bobcats, rabbits and mountain lions all respond to wildfire in very different ways, according to a National Park Service study.

La Tuna Fire could have been a lot worse, firefighters say

Cooler weather and extensive brush clearance meant minimal damages from the wildfire, which burned in the Verdugo Mountains over the holiday weekend.

Port clean air plan too slow, too vague, critics say

The plan seeks to transition all hauling and cargo-handling equipment to zero-emissions technology by 2030. Critics say that's not fast enough.

This is your body on extreme heat

No, it's not just you. This heat wave really is making you feel crappy. Experts say extreme heat saps energy, shortens breath, fogs thinking, and can stop you short with cramps.

California's national monuments will not be eliminated

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending boundary revisions for some national monuments but no eliminations.

Air emissions drop even as Port of LA has busiest year ever

SoCal's largest single source of air pollution is the ports of LA and Long Beach. Critics say the ports have a long way to go to help the area meet federal air standards.

Forests taking longer to recover from drought

Just because it rains doesn't mean the effects of drought are over. A new study finds trees are taking longer to recover, making them more vulnerable to another drought before they've fully bounced back.

Fences made to protect desert tortoises may be killing some

The threatened animals tend to pace back and forth along protective fences, exposing them to the sun and heating their bodies to sometimes lethal levels.

AQMD: Cool roofs may increase air pollution

A new study finds the roofs, which combat the urban heat island effect, can actually worsen smog and particulate matter.