KUOW/EarthFix reporter

Ashley Ahearn

Most of the time we don't know where Ashley is. That's because she's usually managed to get lost or to drop her means of communication into one waterbody or another. As a newcomer to the region, Ashley brings a healthy dose of incredulity about what goes on around here. "Wait, you truck fish around dams?" or "You grow fish in a hatchery and then set them free into rivers? Is that kind of like keeping chickens?" As a transplant from Los Angeles most recently (where she got her masters in science journalism at USC) she's tended to report on rivers that are nicely cemented in, so she's very excited about all the freerange waterways up here. Radio will always be Ashley's first love (she got her start working for the show Living on Earth on Public Radio International) but she's pretty excited about this whole "multimedia" thing everyone's talking about.

Ashley's been known to develop crushes on inanimate objects such as rivers, hip waders and reliable recording equipment. At scientific conferences she sneaks pictures of the highly fashionable forms of footwear on parade, with special attention to the combination of wool socks and tevas often sported by ecologists and biologists. She then tweets those pictures, so follow her on Twitter.

We like Ashley because we know that even though she's often MIA, she always comes back with a story.

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Recent Articles

Energy | Environment

Tacoma's Methanol Plant Proposal Draws A Critical Crowd

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 11, 2016 8:45 a.m.

Hundreds of people crowded into a Tacoma convention center Wednesday night to voice concerns about a methanol refinery proposed for the city’s Tideflats.

Agriculture | Environment

Organic Farming Better Suited To Climate Change, Study Finds

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 3, 2016 4 a.m.

Eating organic food is on the rise, and organic farming methods set soil up to better withstand drought, according to new research.


Seattle Sues Chemical Giant Monsanto For PCB Contamination

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 26, 2016 2:38 p.m. | Seattle

The City of Seattle is suing Monsanto for manufacturing a cancer-causing chemical  that's contaminating the city's Duwamish Waterway.

Energy | Environment | Communities

Oil Train Blockade Activists Declare Win Despite Trespass Convictions

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 15, 2016 12:15 p.m. | Seattle

Five climate change activists who blocked an oil train north of Seattle are convicted of trespassing but not obstruction.


Climate Activists Who Chained Themselves To Tracks Head To Court

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 11, 2016 5:45 p.m. | Seattle

Five environmental activists who chained themselves to train tracks in Everett to protest oil and coal trains go to trial.

Energy | Environment

Coal Company Backing Longview Export Terminal Declares Bankruptcy

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 11, 2016 3:15 p.m.

A key investor in a proposed coal export project on the Columbia River  filed for bankruptcy Monday.


No Power To Come From Puget Sound Tides

KUOW | Jan. 7, 2016 5:30 p.m.

A Washington utility has surrendered its federal license to install tidal turbines at the bottom of Puget Sound.

Air | Energy | Environment

Big Carbon Polluters Face New Emissions Rule In Washington

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 6, 2016 12:03 p.m. | Seattle

New carbon pollution rules in Washington will pack the biggest wallop for cement makers, oil refiners and paper mills.

News | local | Nation | Politics | Environment

More Northwest Oil Trains Could Result From Lifting Export Ban

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 16, 2015 6:45 p.m.

Congress could soon pass spending and tax legislation that would extend tax credits for renewable energy and funding for conservation efforts, but would lift the 40-year ban on crude oil exports.

Water | Environment

Globally, Lakes Warming At An Alarming Rate, Study Finds

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 16, 2015 1:30 p.m. | Seattle

Data from 235 lakes around the world showing that globally, lake temperatures are rising more rapidly than ocean or air temperatures.

Energy | Environment

Washington Governor Inslee Touts 'Super-Nationals'' Climate Change Work

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 8, 2015 11:55 a.m. | Seattle

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee touts his state's work on carbon reduction to illustrate what "sub-national" leaders – or "super-nationals," as he prefers – can do to combat climate change.


Carbon Tax Measure Will Make The Washington Ballot, Backers Say

KUOW | Dec. 2, 2015 4 p.m. | Seattle

Washington voters will likely have a chance to decide whether to put a tax on carbon, according to initiative campaigners who say they have enough signatures to make the 2016 ballot.

Water | Science | Environment

New Research: If You Want To Help Endangered Orcas, Slow Down

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 2, 2015 12:15 p.m. | Seattle

Boat speed is a big problem for Puget Sound’s endangered killer whales, according to new research published Wednesday.


Where Do Seattle-Area Crows Go At Night?

KUOW | Nov. 24, 2015 6 a.m. | Bothell, Washington

Lauren Linscheid of Seattle sees crows flying every day toward Lake City Way. “I want to know where they’re going and why,” Lauren told KUOW’s Local Wonder team. Reporter Ashley Ahearn was dispatched to investigate.


Seattle's First EPA Chief Laments The Environment's Partisan Divide

KUOW/EarthFix | Nov. 23, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Seattle

A conversation with William Ruckelshaus, one of two Washington’s environmental leaders who will be honored Tuesday by President Barack Obama. The late Billy Frank, Jr. will be honored posthumously.

News | local | Politics | Environment

Washington Updates Guidelines For Landslide-Prone Slopes

KUOW/EarthFix | Nov. 10, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

Washington forestry officials have updated state guidelines for evaluating unstable slopes that, if logged, could contribute to landslides.

Climate change | Environment | Communities

A Washington Tribe Confronts Climate Change, Sea Level Rise

KUOW/EarthFix | Nov. 9, 2015 6:15 p.m. | Taholah, Washington

As international leaders head to Paris to talk about Climate Change and what to do about climate refugees, one tribe on the Washington coast plans its retreat from the rising seas.

Energy | local | Economy | Transportation | Environment

Trans-Pacific Partnership And The Environment: What's The Deal?

KUOW/EarthFix | Nov. 5, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Seattle

The newly-released text of a controversial 12-country trade agreement is a 6,000-page document with plenty to say about environmental stewardship.

Energy | Land use | Environment

Lawmakers Want To Keep Fossil Fuels In Ground

KUOW/EarthFix | Nov. 4, 2015 9 a.m.

A Northwest senator is behind a proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by going to the very start of the carbon cycle: the coal, oil and natural gas that has yet to be extracted from the ground.


A Different Kind Of CSA: Community Supported Activism

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 29, 2015 2:45 p.m.

A few years ago Carlo Voli quit his corporate job and decided to fight fossil fuels full-time, with the pooled financial help of his community.

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