Emily Guerin

Senior Environment Reporter

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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

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.

It's too soon to worry about drought, despite dry winter

Near-record rainfall last year led to flooding and snapped a historic drought, but the state is far drier than normal this winter.

Even 'clean' air can kill you, new study says

Thousands of older adults are dying prematurely every year from breathing air that meets federal safety standards, but is somewhat polluted.

Nestle warned it lacks rights to SoCal forest spring water

State regulators say Nestle, which sells Arrowhead bottled water, doesn't have proper rights to about three-quarters of the water it withdraws from the San Bernardino National Forest for bottling.

What will the Thomas Fire burn zone look like in the future?

Scientists say it depends on two things: how much it rains, and how soon the area burns again in another wildfire.