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.

Have questions about the air you breathe? Submit them below!

Stories by Emily Guerin

A ban on water wasting would be a drop in the bucket

As California slips back into drought, the state is banning many obviously wasteful uses of water. But other conservation measures promise much bigger savings. So why is the state doing this?

Emissions from deodorant, bug spray may rival cars and trucks

A new study finds volatile organic chemical emissions from many familiar household products have been underestimated in greater Los Angeles.

LA Times is back in local hands. What do locals have to say about it?

"I think it’s important to have an owner who is invested in the city, both personally and professionally. You just have a different understanding of what’s going on."

For schools near freeways, air filters help kids breathe

More than 70 schools across Southern California that are near freeways have air filters to take out dangerous diesel particulate matter. But more are needed.

Trump administration to reconsider protection of California desert

The Interior Department is considering reopening to other uses federal land that had been set aside for conservation under the Obama administration.

Gov. Brown wants 5 million electric cars on the road by 2030

Brown hopes to hit that ambitious goal by building half a million electric and hydrogen fueling stations and offering $1.6 billion on vehicle rebates.

Scientists observe cloud seeding for the first time ever

“You’re trying to measure ice crystals from an aircraft that’s flying through the clouds at a couple of hundred miles per hour,” he said. These observations could help secure Southern California's water supply.

Robots steal port jobs — but they also fight climate change

"It makes me sick to my stomach," one worker says of the mostly automated loading dock. Automation has helped lower diesel pollution by 85 percent‚ but at a high human cost.

Gov. Brown calls Trump official to say: No drilling off CA

A week after the Department of Interior released its offshore drilling plan, governors of coastal states are asking Secretary Ryan Zinke to spare their coastline. Including Gov. Jerry Brown.

Why have more people died in the mudslides than in the Thomas Fire?

Two people died in the largest wildfire state history. The mudslides have killed far more. How come? Experts say it's a combination of perceived threat and 'disaster burnout.'

First emergency alert warning sent at least an hour before mudslides hit Montecito

The first notification from the National Weather Service hit more than 17,000 cellphones in the Montecito area at 2:32 a.m. Tuesday.

LA sues port trucking companies for labor violations

City Atty. Mike Feuer alleges the companies are illegally treating their drivers as independent contractors, not employees, to boost their bottom line.

Offshore drilling in CA has a chance, but it may be unlikely

What dissuades oil companies from expanding drilling? Low oil prices, plus the potential for costly legal battles, which California may provide.

California vows to fight Trump's offshore drilling plan

Gov. Jerry Brown says the Trump administration's push to open federal waters to offshore drilling is "reckless and short-sighted."

What's behind the record-breaking stretch of 'no burn' days?

It's been a hazy shade of winter in Southern California. Thursday is the 11th straight day that you can't burn wood in your fireplace.