Eilís O'Neill was 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.
Seattle's New Seawall Is Built To Help Salmon
The new seawall on Seattle's waterfront is designed to help salmon with more natural light, rocks to provide habitat for plankton, and a false seafloor to mimic mudflats predating the city.
Yakima Valley Farmers Fight For The Future Of A Cascades Lake
Climate change is forcing us to rethink how we use lakes as water reservoirs. That's creating conflict between east-of-the-Cascades farmers and recreation-seekers from the urban westside.
Closing A Highway To Save Washington Salmon
Washington state is on the hook for hundreds of road culvert projects ever since, this spring, when the Supreme Court let stand a mandate to remove fish barriers throughout the state.
Wildfire Smoke Means Smaller Newborns And More ER Visits
Fire seasons are now 105 days longer in the western U.S. than they were in the 1970s. And longer wildfire seasons means more smoke pouring into cities and towns.
Can Washington Make A Plan To Save The Orcas?
The governor’s orca task force met in Wenatchee to come up with a long-term plan to help the recovery of the orca population that spends much of its time in or around the Puget Sound.
Why Some Northwest Butterflies Are Thriving And Some Aren't
In the Pacific Northwest, there is no long-term study that shows how butterflies as a whole are responding to habitat loss and climate change.
Are Northwest Lakes Safe To Swim In?
Jackson Ludwig loves lakes. In 2003, Ludwig had a summer job as a Green Lake lifeguard, and the lake closed because of a toxic algae bloom.
Seattle Hikers May Be Trampling On Tribal Treaty Rights
Hikers are feeling squeezed by the newfound congestion on Washington trails — but so are the tribes with treaty rights to hunt and gather.
Supreme Court Gives Tribes A Victory Over Washington State In Salmon Case
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling means Washington must fix the culverts that block the most salmon habitat by 2030. One estimate puts the cost at $2 billion.
This Orca Was Stolen From Puget Sound. The Lummi Nation Want Her Back
In the 1960s and '70s, catchers captured nearly 50 orcas from Puget Sound. Only one is still alive and the Lummi Nation want her back.