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


How A Ugandan Farmer Came To Washington To Study Wolves

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 12, 2016 5:30 p.m.

A young Ugandan scientist talks about life on her family farm and what she's learned about wolves and ranchers in Washington state.

Climate change | Transportation | Energy | Environment

Seattle Makes Strides In Reducing Its Carbon Footprint

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 8, 2016 10:45 a.m. | Seattle

Seattle's  greenhouse gas emissions fell by 6 percent over a  six-year period, according to a new report. It cautions that despite the progress,  the city is off the pace needed to reach 2030 carbon-cutting goals.

local | Animals | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News

Green Crab Invaders Show Up in Puget Sound

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Seattle

An invasive crab native to Europe has been found for the first time in Washington's Puget Sound after growing steadily along the West Coast.


Recycler Hit With Half-Million-Dollar Fine After Dumping Electronic Waste In Hong Kong

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 1, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Seattle

The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a $444,000 fine to the state’s largest electronic waste recycler after an investigation showed it was dumping toxics-laced electronics overseas.

Transportation | Energy | Nation | News | Environment

Washington Fines Volkswagen For Air Pollution Violations

KUOW/EarthFix | July 28, 2016 11:45 a.m. | Seattle

Washington state regulators have issued a $176 million fine against Volkswagen for violating air quality laws by equipping diesel cars with software programmed to cheat emissions tests.   

Climate change | Energy | Environment

Washington State's Multiple Choice Test On Capping Carbon Pollution

KUOW/EarthFix | July 22, 2016 3 p.m.

Friday was the public's last chance to comment on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to limit carbon pollution from the state's biggest emitters. But with a carbon tax on the November ballot, it won't be voters' last word on the matter.

Transportation | Energy | Environment

Railroad Whistleblower In Seattle Wins $1.6M Settlement

EarthFix | May 27, 2016 4:30 p.m.

A federal jury in Seattle has awarded a former BNSF Railway worker, and whistleblower, more than $1.6 million in a case involving brake inspections for tank cars.

local | News | Energy | Environment | Climate change | Agriculture

Climate Activists Arrested For Camping On Train Tracks Along Puget Sound

KUOW/EarthFix | May 16, 2016 8:39 a.m. | Anacortes, Washington

Fifty-two people were arrested Sunday after camping out on train tracks that service oil refineries in northern Puget Sound. They were among hundreds of activists who demonstrated against fossil fuels in Anacortes, Washington. 

Energy | Environment

Army Corps Denies Permit For Puget Sound Coal Export Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | May 9, 2016 11:33 a.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is denying a permit for the proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Washington.

Energy | Environment

Puget Sound Coal Port Backers Pause Environmental Review

KUOW/EarthFix | April 1, 2016 2:46 p.m.

The environmental review for what could be the largest coal export terminal in the country appears to have been put on hold.

Energy | Environment

Kalama Welcomes Methanol Project After Tacomans Say 'No Thanks'

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 29, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Kalama, Washington

A small city on the Columbia River is open for business when it comes to producing and shipping methanol, despite controversy over a similar project elsewhere in the Northwest.

Climate change | Environment

Washington Puts Gov. Inslee's Carbon Rules On Hold

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 26, 2016 4:05 p.m. | Seattle

Washington state regulators are setting aside the rules they’ve been working on to limit the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted into the air.

Climate change | History | Environment

What Do Long-Dead Whalers Have To Do With Climate Change?

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 24, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Seattle

Log books from 19th century whaling ships are treasure troves for modern-day climate scientists. They’re mining these old volumes for day-to-day weather and sea-ice reports from the Arctic region in the .

Energy | Environment

Will Methanol Be The New Aroma Of Tacoma?

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 18, 2016 11:45 a.m. | Tacoma, Washington

A city at a crossroads: Tacoma, Washington, considers a proposal to build the largest methanol plant in the world.  

Energy | Environment

Coal Industry’s Not Doing So Hot. Here’s What That Means For Pacific Northwest

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 17, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Seattle

Coal usage in the U.S. has been declining for years. That's prompted coal companies to try to export their coal to Asia via West Coast ports. But that's not looking like such a good bet for the coal industry anymore.

Energy | Environment

Inslee, Brown Among Governors To Sign Clean-Energy Accord

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 16, 2016 12:45 p.m.

Two Northwest governors are among the 17 state executives to sign onto a newly announced clean-energy agreement.

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.

Environment | Agriculture

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.

Communities | Energy | Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

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.

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