Emily Guerin Environment Reporter

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Emily Guerin is the 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, mountain biking and being entertained by her two cats (and her husband). She has lived in all four U.S. time zones.


Stories by Emily Guerin

LA County environmental report card 'a disappointment'

In their second such report, UCLA researchers give LA county grades ranging from C- to B on categories from transportation to renewable energy use.

On the scene at LA's March for Science

Rallies to show support for fact-based research and environmental protection are being held around the world — including in downtown L.A.

LA to study banning oil production around homes, schools, parks

The study, if authorized, pits Angelenos who say their health is affected by living near oil wells against the city's oil and gas producers.

In battle between cities, will LA say it was won with nature?

The Citizen Nature Challenge wants to find out which city's citizens can document the most nature in the course of a week. The challenge runs April 14-18.

We can't stop sea level rise, only slow it down

A new report finds that sea levels are rising twice as fast as they did in 1990. Southern California is already feeling the impact.

Smog rule may be next on Trump's chopping block

The Environmental Protection Agency says it is reviewing an Obama-era ozone standard. Critics say it's the first step towards weakening the rule.

Transportation bill will make it harder to replace old trucks

Regulators worry the bill will make it more difficult to clean up L.A.'s worst-in-the-nation smog, because heavy trucks are the largest contributors to smog.

Wildflower trail temporarily closed due to flower trampling

Officials hope new signs along the wildflower trail at Diamond Valley Lake will encourage people to stay on the trail and out of the poppies.

Special coverage: Have SoCal's water supplies recovered?

Not all of the region's water sources have rebounded, despite above average rain and snow. Areas that don't import any water are still in conservation mode.

California passes strictest in the nation methane rule

Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress is considering repealing an Obama-era regulation that cracked down on methane leaks from oil and gas companies on federal land.

How Trump's new budget might affect California

Trump is proposing cuts to many areas of government, including environmental oversight, transportation and medical research, while boosting spending for the military and to build a border wall.

People LOVE Joshua Tree these days; how the staff is dealing with the park's 2 million-plus visitors

It's always been a popular spot for campers, hikers, rock climbers and folks who just want to get away to the desert: Joshua Tree. But lately, the national park has become even more of a draw.

Is Joshua Tree National Park being loved to death?

Record visitation has overwhelmed park employees and caused damaged to the fragile desert ecosystem.

Ports reduce pollution, but lose trust of truck drivers

Truck drivers say ports pushed low-emissions vehicles without testing whether they could handle the demands of hauling cargo.

Marine life improved in California’s protected areas

A new study finds that biodiversity is greater inside the oldest marine protected areas than outside them.