Emily Elena Dugdale

General Assignment Reporter

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Emily Elena Dugdale covers issues affecting Angelenos and beyond on the general assignment desk for KPCC and LAist.

She joined the station in 2018 after reporting and producing the Offshore podcast from Honolulu Civil Beat in Hawaii. An episode she produced on sex abuse in the Catholic Church on Guam won a national 2018 AAJA award for radio/audio journalism. Previously, she interned on the science and environment desk at KPCC.

Emily was born in Colombia and grew up in Seattle, Washington. She holds a masters in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Habla español.

Stories by Emily Elena Dugdale

ACLU wins settlement against San Bernadino County over treatment of gay, lesbian bisexual inmates

An ACLU lawsuit alleging discrimination of gay, transgender and bisexual inmates by San Bernardino County was settled today in Riverside. 

California politicians are proposing state disaster insurance to fight wildfires

In case you forgot from all this rain, we’re still a high risk fire state. And the cost of fighting wildfires is now at a record high. On Thursday, California politicians proposed a plan to tackle ballooning fire costs: taking out insurance.

A South Central charter school is talking to students about LGBTQ love.

South Central charter school KIPP Philosophers Academy has been talking to their students about love. Especially inclusion and LGBTQ rights as part of a weekly “love committee." The school is working with the Los Angeles LGBT center initiative Out at Schools to create support and awareness on campus.

Evacuations are the new norm for those in burn scar areas

With heavy rains comes the frequent evacuations in fire burn areas. 

Grand Central Market And The Million Dollar Theater Are Up For Historic Cultural Monument Status

L.A'. s Cultural Heritage Commission is considering historic cultural monument status for two well-known downtown institutions: Grand Central Market and the Million Dollar Theater next door.

Following LA County Inspector General report, a look at the pros and cons of banning pepper spray in juvenile probation facilities

Staff at L.A. County's juvenile halls and camps use pepper spray on kids too often, too quickly, and in situations when it isn't necessary, according to a report issued by the county's inspector general.

Inglewood says goodbye to one of the first black Marines

Luke Leo House Jr., a 94-year-old World War II veteran, was one of 20,000 black men who enlisted in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1949, at a time when the military was against integration.

What LAUSD Teachers Think About The New Contract

Los Angeles teachers returned to schools on Wednesday after negotiators for United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

King tide provides glimpse into future of rising sea level

From the sky, it's clear that much of Southern California is at or just above sea level and protections like sea walls are eroding.

Teachers on the LAUSD picket line going without pay, cutting back on spending

LAUSD picketers aren’t showing signs of slowing down. But teachers also won’t get paid while they’re out marching. We spoke to teachers at Taft High School in Woodland Hills about how they’ll make ends meet.

Spanish-Speaking Parents May Be At A Disadvantage During LAUSD Strike

Thousands of LAUSD teachers are on strike. The district is over 70 percent Latino or Hispanic and serves many non-English-speaking families. How are they getting information about the strike? 

Here's what one parent of a disabled LAUSD student says about the potential strike

LAUSD serves about 60,000 special education students and some parents of these students are worried about what will happen to their care if teachers strike.

Federal prison workers stressed, taking on second jobs as they work without pay

One of the groups who won’t be getting a paycheck this week are federal prison workers. At a federal prison in Victorville, corrections officers say moral is low.

Going To The Rose Parade? Here's How These Folks Built A Float The Old School Way

The Rose Parade is just a few days away - and despite more corporate entries in recent years, there’s still a handful of floats built by community groups. Six, in fact.

Here's what Southern Californians are posting with #shutdownstories

We’re coming on Day 5 of the government shutdown - and people are sharing their stories on Twitter with the hashtag #shutdownstories. We reached out to a few in Southern California and heard some unexpected consequences to the shutdown.