Emily Guerin '09
Emily is a reporter with Inside Energy, based in North Dakota, and she previously worked at The Forecaster, a weekly newspaper in greater Portland, Maine. In the past, she has led wilderness trips, taught environmental education and interned at Living on Earth, a public radio show about science and the environment. She has most recently published a widely read and discussed piece with NPR under the headline "Fiery Oil-Train Derailments Prompt Calls For Less Flammable Oil." She majored in History and Environmental Studies while at Bowdoin.
How has a history degree from Bowdoin prepared you for your current career?
Being a history major arguably prepared me better for my current job as a reporter than just about anything else I could have studied in college. The ability to interpret primary sources ("documents" in journalism speak), identify and flush out themes in current events, and ask questions are all skills I learned at Bowdoin, but apply to my daily work. Studying history also trained me to think critically about the way events are covered in the media and to look for biases in my and others' reporting.