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 and riding her bike. She has lived in all four U.S. time zones.

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Stories by Emily Guerin

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.

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.