Emily Elena Dugdale

Veterans/Criminal Justice Reporter

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I am working on a one-year collaboration with the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica on a series of investigative stories focusing on institutional racism in the Antelope Valley. I will be unpacking the issue through a variety of lenses, including housing, education, and law enforcement. (Please contact me if you are an Antelope Valley resident and want to talk).

I joined KPCC/LAist in 2018 as our general assignment reporter, and a year later, I became our criminal justice and veterans reporter.

Previously I co-reported and produced the Offshore podcast from Honolulu Civil Beat. I spent most of my early career reporting for local news outlets in the Bay Area. I'm also a proud alum of KPCC's internship program, and received a masters in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

I was born in Colombia and grew up in the Evergreen State. You'll find me hiking around L.A. on the weekends. Hablo español.

Stories by Emily Elena Dugdale

High rates of HIV and STDs reported in Long Beach

New HIV cases were reported at a rate twice that of the state rate. There were also sharp increases in reported cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia.

FBI says it stopped terrorist attacks planned across Southern California

Law enforcement officials announced Monday that they've arrested a man from the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Reseda who they say was planning multiple terrorist attacks across Southern California.

LA foster kids will get free smartphones starting in June

The California Public Utilities Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a two-year pilot program that will give eligible foster youths free phones.

Port workers rally against automation

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners was set to decide on whether to approve a key construction permit.

Los Angeles city leaders and organizers rally for Denim Day

Advocates and city leaders rallied on the steps of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles for the 20th anniversary of Denim Day — an international campaign calling for an end to sexual harassment, abuse, assault and rape.

LA's plastic straw ban goes into effect

The City of Los Angeles is kicking off a new rule that bans big businesses from giving out straws unless they’re requested.

L.A. City Council passes historic civil rights ordinance

The city of Los Angeles is going to play a bigger role in fighting discrimination.

LA prepares for Nipsey Hussle's final "Victory Lap"

(Archive post) Nipsey Hussle’s casket will travel just over 25 miles in a “victory lap” from Staples Center, hitting the neighborhoods where he lived and worked.

LAPD now allows you to file traffic accident reports online

Drivers can now go online and file a report themselves for car accidents that don't involve injuries in Los Angeles.

L.A. County Board of Supervisors approves funding for LACMA's new building design

LACMA’s controversial new design plan will cost $650 million dollars - with taxpayers footing a big chunk of the bill.

It's Not Just You, Allergies Are Really Bad This Year

It's not just you -- it's been a rough allergy season so far for many people. 

LA celebrates the life of Nipsey Hussle: Scenes from the day

Tens of thousands of fans and friends celebrated the life of the slain rapper at a memorial service at Staples Center and on the streets of Los Angeles.

Biologists study Southern California plants in fire burn zones

Plants are returning to areas in the Santa Monica Mountains that were devastated by wildfires last winter.

Smoking in L.A. County just got even less legal

Smokers, beware.. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted today to expand the smoking ban that passed last October.

LA's Uber and Lyft Drivers Are Striking For Livable Wages

Hundreds of drivers turned off their Uber apps and chanted and waved colorful signs that said “Better pay now.”