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

Can the AQMD raise $1 billion a year to clean up the air?

Critics say the AQMD doesn't have a "Plan B" if the money fails to come through. The agency says there's no other acceptable choice.

California snowpack measures low, but storms are on their way

The snowpack is vital because it provides roughly a third of California's water by melting in warm, dry months, providing water for drinking, farming and wildlife.

Hot, dry, not enough snow: Southern California's 2016 weather in 5 charts

2016 was the third-hottest year on record in Southern California. It rained more than in the past, but we're still in a deep drought.

LA refineries underreport toxic chemical emissions, study says

The results validate what environmental advocates and residents of cities like Wilmington, Torrance and Carson have been saying for years.

Solar booms nationwide but California's market cools

2016 was a banner year for solar power in the United States. But in the country's largest solar market, it was just so-so. How come?

Why Obama didn't ban oil drilling off California's coast

He did it in the Arctic and the Atlantic. Why was the Pacific Ocean left out?

Mountain lion mom P–39 killed crossing freeway

A mountain lion killed crossing the 118 Freeway earlier this month has been identified as P–39, a female that was traveling with three six-month-old kittens, wildlife officials said Thursday.

How Trump's energy, environment picks could impact California

Trump's nominees to head energy and environment agencies have strong ties to the oil and gas industry.

California reduced CO2 while growing its economy

A new study from Brookings Institution challenges the notion that reducing greenhouse gas emissions puts a drag on economic output.

Water conservation could get more complicated

A proposal to fundamentally change how water savings are calculated seeks to shift California's conservation strategy from emergency drought response to long-term planning.

Family of San Bernardino shooting victim speaks out against hate

Harry "Hal" Bowman's daughters and his ex-wife say his death has inspired them to "be brave" and speak out about the dangers of Islamophobia

The strange history of turkeys in California

Wild turkeys were introduced to California in the early 20th century. But their prehistoric relative lived in SoCal more than 10,000 years ago.

California's dead tree epidemic

A scientist who performs tree autopsies said an unprecedented die-off has left him "at a loss for words." Another, who counts dead trees from the air, described it as "gut-wrenching."

Controversy continues over AQMD's plan to clean up LA's air

AQMD says incentives are the best way to meet federal air quality standards as fast as possible. Environmentalists don't buy it, and are threatening to sue.

New rule seeks to boost solar, wind development on federal land

The idea is to increase production of renewable energy from federal lands without causing undue harm to the environment.