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Eilis O'Neill

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.

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Recent Articles

Environment | Food | News | Health | Land use | Agriculture | local

This Pesticide Poisons Kids, But It's Still Sprayed On Washington Orchards

A court battle is raging over whether or not the EPA should ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos. In the meantime, Pacific Northwest farmers keep using it.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | News

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.

Climate change | Water | Environment | News | Agriculture | Recreation | local

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.

Transportation | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | News

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.

Forestry | Environment | Sustainability | Politics | News | Science | Land | local

Learning To Live With Wildfire

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?

Health | Environment | local | News

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.

Animals | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | News

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. 

Climate change | local | Environment

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.

Water | local | Environment | News

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. 

local | NW Life | Environment | News

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | News

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | News

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.

Food | Science | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Nation

This Is What That 'Salmon-Safe' Label Says About Your Wine Or Eggs

Many consumers don't yet understand the label, but grocery stores are now buying from "salmon-safe" farms, which help protect fish by banning pesticides and keeping manure out of the land's waterways.

Health | Air | Environment | local | News

For Farmworkers' Kids, Country Air Means Dust, Pesticides And Asthma

The children of the people who grow our food are especially vulnerable to severe asthma attacks. Now, researchers are trying a new approach to solving the problem.

Food | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | News

This Is What That 'Salmon-Safe' Label Says About Your Wine Or Eggs

One of the region's biggest farm operations touts its products as certified "salmon safe." Does that matter to consumers deciding which carton of eggs to put in their shopping cart?


Will The New Farm Bill Be Terrible For Conservation? 6 Things To Know

The Trump administration wants to slash the federal government’s biggest source of funds for conservation on private land.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Science | News

A Fight Over Salmon-Killing Roads Is Now A Supreme Court Case About Native Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether treaties between tribes and the federal government require state taxpayers to dish out billions to dig up roads for salmon.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna | News

Washington Grizzly Recovery Gets Backing From Trump's Interior Chief

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's remarks in support of grizzly bear recovery in Washington's North Cascades come three months after his agency had halted just such an effort.

Climate change | local | Environment | News

Activists Protest Puget Sound Energy Plan To Keep Using Coal

About one hundred activists gathered Wednesday to protest Puget Sound Energy’s plan to keep producing electricity from coal until 2035.

local | Environment | News

Washington May Restrict Chemicals Found In Food Wrappers, Firefighting Foam

Washington might soon be the first state to restrict a class of chemicals found in products from hamburger wrappers to firefighting foam.