Emily Elena Dugdale

Veterans/Criminal Justice Reporter

Contact Emily Elena Dugdale

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

Santa Anita Park reopens after inspection of track following increase in horse deaths

Horses are back on the track at Santa Anita Park. Officials closed it down this week to study it after 19 horses died in just two months. 

Community organizers deliver 30,000 signatures to demand investigation into Ed Buckemil

A petition is circulating demanding District Attorney Jackie Lacey investigate and prosecute high-profile Democratic Party donor Ed Buck.

Local School wins Oscar for Documentary about Menstruation Rights

Last night’s Oscars ceremony had more than the usual local pride - a film from the Oakwood School in North Hollywood took the award for Best Short Documentary. And the film called Period.

Thousands of homes were destroyed by recent wildfires. Here's what it looks like to clean one up.

It’s been four months since the Woolsey Fire broke out. 1,600 structures were destroyed and most are lying in ruins. Homeowners are undergoing the arduous task of cleaning up -  one option is using the state debris removal program through the Office of Emergency Services.

New report calls on Los Angeles to improve tree maintenance

Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin says 30 percent of the city's trees are at risk of dying due to drought and disease.

Newsom holds meeting of California mayors to address homebuilding

In Governor Gavin Newsom’s state of the state speech last week he called out cities that are not doing enough for affordable housing, and said he wanted to have a “candid conversation” with their mayors.

The Best Dog In The World Is Right Here in Southern California

King - a wire fox terrier - took best in show at last week’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He lives at handler Gabriel Rangel’s kennel in Rialto. 

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.