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

Some Key Takeaways From The DA Candidates' Debate

George Gascon and Rachel Rossi staked out positions to the left of incumbent DA Jackie Lacey, who argued both of her challengers are unqualified.

A New Study Has Found That Grief Is Common But Rarely Recognized In Veterans

The UC Irvine study found that combat exposure is almost as likely to cause grief as it is to lead to PTSD.

A Year After The Woolsey Fire, This Malibu Day Laborer Still Struggles to Find Work

Construction work has dried up for Julio Osorio, 54. "The idea is to save a little money for the future, and you can't."

No More Lyft, Uber Or Taxi Pickups At LAX. At The End Of October It's All About That Shuttle Life

A new rideshare lot will open across from Terminal 1, featuring"food trucks, Wi-Fi and cell phone charging," according to LAX officials.

California College Students Can Profit From Endorsements

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will allow college athletes in California to profit from the use of their name, image or likeness.

It's A New Year At USC. Here's How Faculty and Students Are Reacting To The String Of Scandals.

The fall semester begins at USC Monday. Students are coming to a campus that's been rocked by a series of scandals over the past two years -- and accusations that the university hasn’t done enough to address them.

Pasadena becomes stage in federal court battle over protected status for some immigrants

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Pasadena on Wednesday in the Trump administration’s challenge of a lower court decision that last year blocked the government from ending Temporary Protected Status for hundreds of thousands of immigrants.

No Relief For Homeless People Displaced By Fire

People living in an encampment in the Sepulveda Basin lost everything in a fire. No one showed up to offer them emergency shelter.

Harbor Commission Vote Speeds Plans To Automate Port Of L.A.

Dockworkers came out in force to tell port commissioners that automation will threaten thousands of solid blue-collar jobs.

Activists Clash With Officials At California Horse Racing Board Meeting

Board commissioners passed a motion backing a state bill that would make it easier to cancel horse races when safety issues arise.

West Hollywood Officials Join #StopTheBans Protests After Denouncing Anti-Abortion Laws

As #StoptheBans protests supporting reproductive health took place across the country, West Hollywood officials voted to condemn anti-abortion legislation in states like Alabama and Georgia.

Immigrant Rights Activist Nativo Lopez dies at 68

Lopez died Sunday after a brief battle with cancer.

How We Vote In LA Is About To Change. Here's How To Make Your Opinion Known

L.A. County will make the shift for the presidential primary in March of 2020. County officials are holding dozens of meetings across the region to try and educate voters on the changes ahead.

Gun Collection Seized From Holmby Hills Home. Here's What Happens To Those Guns

LAPD and federal firearm officials have opened an investigation into the massive collection.

Beverly Hills considers a ban on tobacco sales

A proposal moving through the Beverly Hills City Council could make it the first city in the country to ban the sale of tobacco products — including e-cigarettes.