Emily Guerin

Environment Reporter

Contact Emily Guerin

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

How Trump may alter climate and energy in California

Environmentalists say a Trump presidency will likely be a return to the days of George W. Bush, when the state was acting on its own on climate and the environment.

SoCal had worst smog season in 6 years

Hot, stagnant weather keeps pollutants from escaping. This past summer, those conditions were especially present in Southern California, a UCLA climatologist explains.

Water savings increase after a summer of decline

After the state ended mandatory conservation in June, water use rose all summer. Finally in September, Californians started saving more water again.

How a new California law tries to boost electric car sales

It tries to entice more low- and middle-income consumers to go electric by limiting who qualifies for a rebate and increasing the rebate for low-income families.

Where does LA's rainfall end up?

Most of it evaporates or runs off into the ocean. But L.A. needs to capture more runoff and store it in the ground to battle the drought.

LA coyote policy to focus on education, not trapping

The city's Department of Animal services says its current strategy is working and there is no need for more severe measures to control the coyote population.

Getting the earthquake safety message to Spanish speakers

For foreign-born Latinos, their first instinct might be to flee buildings during an earthquake. But in California, that can put them in more danger.

Can Big Food help enviro groups fight drought?

Some of the biggest food and drink companies in the world are working on water restoration projects in California. Is what's good for the environment also good for business?

8 things you should know about the California WaterFix

The controversial $15 billion plan would impact how a third of Southern California gets its water. Here's what you need to know.

SoCal has more water than expected

Despite on-going drought, the region's largest water wholesaler says it is in good shape for 2017, although long term threats to water supply remain.

A look inside the tough job of a city water manager

It's a crazy time to work in water policy in California. In a state where water scarcity is the new normal, but not every year is a severe drought, how much water should we be saving?

What do LA's urban coyotes eat?

To find out, scientists have enlisted an army of volunteer scat hunters to scour the city for coyote poop. What they've found so far is surprising.

California just had its hottest summer ever

But the heat hit some parts of the state harder than others. Inland Southern California was abnormally warm.

California crafts rules on drinking recycled sewer water

Drought and population growth are pushing Californians to be more open-minded about water. A new report identifies treated sewage as a future source of water.

Water use in California is increasing. Should we care?

While state officials seem unfazed by the increase, others worry it means Californians aren’t taking the drought as seriously as before.