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

Can Big Food help enviro groups fight drought?

Some of the biggest food and drink companies in the world are working on water restoration projects in California. Is what's good for the environment also good for business?

8 things you should know about the California WaterFix

The controversial $15 billion plan would impact how a third of Southern California gets its water. Here's what you need to know.

SoCal has more water than expected

Despite on-going drought, the region's largest water wholesaler says it is in good shape for 2017, although long term threats to water supply remain.

A look inside the tough job of a city water manager

It's a crazy time to work in water policy in California. In a state where water scarcity is the new normal, but not every year is a severe drought, how much water should we be saving?

What do LA's urban coyotes eat?

To find out, scientists have enlisted an army of volunteer scat hunters to scour the city for coyote poop. What they've found so far is surprising.

California just had its hottest summer ever

But the heat hit some parts of the state harder than others. Inland Southern California was abnormally warm.

California crafts rules on drinking recycled sewer water

Drought and population growth are pushing Californians to be more open-minded about water. A new report identifies treated sewage as a future source of water.

Water use in California is increasing. Should we care?

While state officials seem unfazed by the increase, others worry it means Californians aren’t taking the drought as seriously as before.

"Replace Your Ride" gets infusion of state cash

The program from the South Coast Air Quality Management District already has a 1,500-person waiting list, but $14 million of state cap and trade funds should help.

Bid to add more seats to AQMD board fails in Sacramento

A senate bill would have added representatives of low-income and minority communities to the mostly white, industry-friendly board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains could die out in 50 years

The big cats are trapped by freeways. That means they're at risk of becoming locally extinct due to inbreeding, according to a new study.

What happened to LA's 'shade balls'?

A year after LADWP dumped shade balls into the L.A. Reservoir and broke the internet, the little round balls are disappearing from the water.

Why fighting California's wildfires costs more than other states

The most expensive wildfires aren't necessarily the largest ones. It all depends on how many homes dot the fire-prone wilderness.

Despite drought, most CA water agencies ditch mandatory conservation

In Southern California, nine in 10 water agencies have scrapped mandatory cuts but many still tout voluntary conservation. Some see mixed message in fifth year of drought.

Hazardous chemical discovered in groundwater of 5 SoCal water agencies

A new EPA water standard means five SoCal water agencies have high levels of a hazardous chemical in their groundwater. Here's what they're doing about it.