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Ashley Ahearn

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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Recent Stories

Coal Loses Ballot Test

The future of a large coal export terminal on Washington State's coast may be decided by the councilors recently elected in Whatcom County. Many saw the race as a referendum on the fossil fuel industry --a race that was decided in favor of coal terminal opponents.

Climate and Algal Blooms

It only takes a slight temperature uptick to make our waters hospitable to algae. That's leading to an increasingly dangerous situation in the Northwest, where harmful algal blooms are a growing health risk for people who eat the region's shellfish.

Elwha Dam Comes Down

The removal of dams along the Elwha river in Washington State has freed up salmon runs, but also clogged up water treatment plants with sediment. Still, that sediment is creating a great habitat for many fish.

Voices of Coal

In order to market coal to Asia, the western US coal industry wants to build export facilities in Oregon and Washington. The planned ports have divided local communities. EarthFix, a public radio collaborative based out of Washington State, has been following the debate with their project, Voices of Coal.

Skin Color and Vitamin D

Dark-skinned African Americans are twice as likely to be vitamin-D deficient as white Americans, and that may have major health repercussions.

Wave Glider

A new robotic vehicle hits the waves to gather data that could unlock some important secrets of the ocean.

Schooling Salmon

Seattle elementary school kids are raising salmon to learn about the salmon's lifecycle, as well as water quality and habitat issues.