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Eilís O'Neill


Eilís O'Neill is the EarthFix reporter at KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio in Seattle. Eilís (eye-LEASH)  fell in love with radio as a 14-year-old high school intern at KUOW. Since then, she’s wandered the world recording people’s stories and telling them on the air. She’s worked at KALW in San Francisco and WAMU in D.C.; she’s freelanced for public radio programs such as The World and Marketplace from places such as Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile; and she’s written for The Nation and other magazines.

Eilís has a degree in English and Spanish from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in science, environment and health journalism from Columbia University.

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Recent Articles

News | local | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Reviving Black Diamond's Coal Mine In Seattle's Green Shadow

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 16, 2017 5:19 p.m. | Seattle

Coal mining could be coming back in the Northwest to an old coal mine in southeast King County.

News | local | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Puget Sound's Southern Resident Orca Population Drops To 30-Year Low

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 26, 2017 2:05 p.m. | Seattle

In the wake of the death of yet another orca, researchers and conservationists are urging more steps to protect Puget Sound's endangered southern resident killer whales.

Water | Fish & Wildlife | Science | Land use | Environment | Recreation | Flora and Fauna

Gold And Copper Mining In The Rainy Shadow Of A Volcano

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2017 11:43 a.m. | Morton, Washington

The Forest Service has given a Canadian company permission to explore for gold and copper in the shadow of Mount St. Helens.

Air | Environment

People Of Color Are Living With More Polluted Air Than Whites Are

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 14, 2017 3:38 p.m. | Seattle

At every income level, people of color are still exposed to more air pollution than white people, a study from the University of Washington finds.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Where Have The West’s Monarch Butterflies Gone?

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 7, 2017 3:30 p.m.

New research shows western monarchs are disappearing even faster than their eastern cousins.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Washington’s Fish Farms Are Governed By Decades-Old Guidelines

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2017 5 p.m. | Seattle

The guidelines have been on the books since 1986. Critics of fish farming in Puget Sound say last month's farmed salmon escape underscores the need for better standards and enforcement.

Food | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Land | Land use

Tribe's Huckleberry Harvest Brings Fire (or Something Like It) Back to the Forest

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 21, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Washington's Tulalip Tribe is working with the Forest Service to recreate open patches in the forest.

Science | Environment

Study: Probiotics Can Help Trees Clean Up Toxic Waste

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2017 3:17 p.m.

Humans like their yogurt and new research indicates the trees that clean up toxic waste stand to benefit from probiotics too.

News | Technology | Recreation | Environment

Will Cellphones Upset The Solitude Of Mount Rainier?

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 10, 2017 6:15 a.m. | Mount Rainier National Park

Soon, there could be cell service at Mount Rainier National Park.

News | Air | Environment | Nation

Wildfire Smoke From Canada Expected To Keep On Coming Into Washington And Oregon

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 2, 2017 5:45 p.m.

Forecasts predict smoke will keep coming and continue to blanket Washington and Oregon throughout the weekend.

Transportation | Recreation | Environment

New Bus Gives Hikers a New Way to Get Outside

KUOW/EarthFix | July 28, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Seattle

Starting this week, it will be easier for Seattle-area hikers to get to the woods on public transportation.

News | Forestry | Science | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Sword Fern Mystery: Acres Of Dead Forest Plants Puzzle Scientists

KUOW/EarthFix | July 27, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Seattle

Sword ferns have been dying in huge numbers in forests around Puget Sound. The problem is spreading and scientists are scrambling to figure out what’s killing the centuries-old plants.

News | Politics | Books | Environment

Washington Lawmakers Leave Enviros Feeling Shorted

KUOW/EarthFix | July 21, 2017 5:40 p.m.

Washington’s legislative session did not deliver the money environmentalists wanted for toxic cleanup, oil transportation safety, or natural resources.

Forestry | Environment

To Save The Forest, Don't Cut The 1st Tree: Study

KUOW/EarthFix | July 21, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Researchers at Oregon State wanted to know which is worse--chopping down an acre in a forest that’s already been disturbed or in a forest previously untouched by humans. The answer surprised them.

local | News | Environment | Animals | Science | Fish & Wildlife

Study: Orcas Lose Two-Thirds Of Their Pregnancies

KUOW/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 3:19 p.m.

Two-thirds of all detectable orca pregnancies have ended in miscarriages over the past seven years.

News | Climate change | Energy | Environment | local

Study: Climate Change Could Benefit Pacific Northwest Economies

KUOW/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 2:02 p.m. | Seattle

If the world does nothing to limit carbon emissions, the U.S. economy will suffer — but the Pacific Northwest might actually benefit.

News | Forestry | Environment | local

Study: Slow-Growing Pine Trees Better Withstand Bark Beetles

KUOW/EarthFix | June 27, 2017 3:11 p.m.

Land managers in the West have been struggling to deal with bark beetle outbreaks, but now they can prepare for future outbreaks by changing up what kind of trees they plant.

Water | Environment

Military Airstrips Are Poisoning People's Wells

KUOW/EarthFix | June 20, 2017 5:40 p.m. | Coupeville, Washington

The military and its civilian neighbors are finding their wells are being poisoned by chemicals in firefighting foams used on airstrips.

Climate change | Energy | Environment

Oregon Climate Activist Convicted For Pipeline Shutdown In Washington

KUOW/EarthFix | June 7, 2017 4 p.m. | Seattle

A Skagit County, Washington, jury found climate activist Ken Ward guilty Wednesday of second degree burglary for turning off an oil pipeline.

Water | World | News | Pacific Ocean | Climate change | Environment

Crossing the Border To Protest A Canadian Pipeline

KUOW/EarthFix | June 4, 2017 10:15 p.m. | Vancouver, British Columbia

People in the U.S. technically have no say in the matter of Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline. But that hasn’t kept them from protesting increased tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.


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