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

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.

A fuel-economy requirement rollback could pit California against the EPA

Another change is coming from the Trump Administration. And this time, it’s impacting two issues near and dear to Californians--the environment and our cars.

Smog from Asia found in US national parks

A new study found that much of the rise in ozone pollution in western U.S. national parks is from fast-developing Asian countries like China.

Drought-busting rains have another upside: Cleaner air

Particulate matter pollution is typically worse in the winter, but this year's storms have made for one of the clearest winters in years.

Want alerts about coyote sightings in your neighborhood?

A new mobile app aims to help agencies make better coyote management decisions and let you know about coyote activity nearby.

Does trapping and killing coyotes actually work?

Arcadia just became the latest SoCal city to start lethal control. But wildlife experts say trapping and killing does little to reduce the coyote population.