Ashley Ahearn is the host of terrestrial, a national podcast on the environment, produced out of KUOW in Seattle.
Ashley brings more than a decade of experience covering the environment at the local and national level. Her stories have appeared on Marketplace, Morning Edition, Here and Now, The World and other NPR and PRI shows. She holds a masters in science journalism from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.
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With a proposals to bring coal by rail through the Pacific Northwest for export, some scientists worry that coal dust containing mercury might contaminate Washingtons wetlands, threatening wildlife. Reporter Ashley Ahearn treks through mashes and muck near railways with USGS scientists as they look for coal dusts potential impacts on wetland ecosystems.
The National Park Service has finally removed two dams that blocked the Elwha River for over a century in Washingtons Olympic Peninsula. The river now flows freely, opening it up for salmon, otters, bears and rafters. Ashley Ahearn of EarthFix takes us for a ride down the river.
Highly flammable and explosive crude oil from the Bakken Shale of North Dakota is shipped by rail, much of it by BNSF Railways. An investigation by Oregon Public Broadcasting unearthed charges that the railroad carrier mishandles safety issues for its trains.
One of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, BNSF, transports much of the countrys oil supplies, so safety is paramount. However BNSF management has forced workers to skip critical safety checks, and has fired employees for not complying. Ashley Ahearn reports from the State of Washington.
On the Pacific coast, the largest documented marine epidemic in human history is unfolding — and some beloved ocean-dwellers are in serious trouble.
Something is decimating the sea star population off the coast of California. Researchers suspect that warming waters and a pathogen in the food of sea stars might cause this sea star wasting syndrome. Ashley Ahearn reports from Eastsound, Washington.
The Geoduck clam has a startling appearance, but Seattle chefs say it's delicious and locals should try eat it.
There are not enough pipelines to carry all the oil being produced in North Dakota to refineries. Much of the oil now travels by train, but carriers aren't required to warn residents that explosive oil trains are traveling through their communities.
Nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, many consumers in the US remain concerned about radiation in fish from the Pacific Ocean. One Seattle fisherman finally got his fish tested, and found what many scientists have also found: there's nothing to worry about.
A large terminal planned for the Pacific North-West coast at Cherry Point in Washington would sit directly on top of Native American relics and remains.