Who She?


Emily Green was born in 1956 in Covina, California. She studied French at the University of Grenoble and history (and ACC basketball) at the University of Maryland, College Park. She moved to the UK in 1979. In 1986, she became a contributor to the newly formed London Independent. She returned to the US in 1998 and joined the Los Angeles Times the following year.


1987-1996 Staff writer: The Independent (UK). Freelance contributor: The New York Times

1996-1998 Weekly columnist: The New Statesman. Freelance contributor: The Spectator, London Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The New York Times

1999-2006 Staff writer: Los Angeles Times. Freelance contributor: London Evening Standard and the “Oxford Companion to the Body” (2001, Oxford University Press, editors: Colin Blakemore and Sheila Jennet)

2007-2008 Freelance writer: water series for the Las Vegas Sun

2008-present Contributor: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books and High Country News. Editor: Chance of Rain.

Best of the West award051Recent Awards: Quenching Las Vegas’s Thirst: A five part series on plans by Las Vegas to tap the Great Basin Aquifer. Winner with online production staff of a 2009 Associated Press Managing Editors Award and 2009 Best of the West Environment and Natural Resources Reporting Award. From the Best of the West judges’ remarks: “Emily Green’s series on water was smartly conceived, deeply reported and compellingly written.

Water itself isn’t a new subject; the fact of water scarcity and the political battles it causes have been reported extensively elsewhere. But Green’s series brought the issue home. Her series’ structure — profiling five figures — reinforced a key collective insight of the stories: that the state of water in and around Las Vegas is largely a function of the personalities who, over decades, made water-policy decisions.

Green avoided easy preaching, instead telling the tale of a desert metropolis’ water fight in all its moral complexity, which made for much more interesting reading. And yet she uncovered plenty of disturbing facts — particularly, in the series’ final installment, how the shifting allegiances of scientists played to the advantage of local political figures.

Through it all, Green wove in rich observations, from the physical lay of the land to the politics of the Mormon church, that made the series all the more evocative. She wrote an epic narrative for an epic tale.”

In May 2010, Green was one of 60 cultural leaders featured in the LA Weekly ‘People’ issue for her work on Chance of Rain. Click here to read “Waterblogged.” In May 2012, High Country News published the result of a 15-month study of LA’s Flood Control System in which engineers have been forced to admit they have run out of dumping space for mountain debris choking their dams, but left no rivers intact for the sediment to flow downhill naturally. To read it, either subscribe to this indispensable Western environmental fortnightly magazine, or take out a temporary 30-day free subscription.