Emily Elena Dugdale

Veterans Reporter

Emily Elena Dugdale is the veterans reporter for 89.3 KPCC - Southern California Public Radio and the LAist website.

Previously, Emily worked in Honolulu as a reporter and producer for the Offshore podcast from Honolulu Civil Beat. She is a graduate of the Toni Stabile Investigative Journalism program at the Columbia University School of Journalism, where she covered issues of race and social justice for Columbia's Uptown Radio weekly news broadcast.

Before graduate school, Emily worked the local news scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she wrote for local publications including The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The San Francisco Public Press, The Marin Independent Journal, Berkeleyside, and The Lamorinda Weekly.

She also spent time in Medellin, Colombia reporting on politics, pop culture and race issues.

Emily's reporting was featured in an award-winning investigative project with the San Francisco Public Press on school segregation in the San Francisco Unified School District. The project, a "sweeping, data-driven inquiry" into the gradual resegregation of the SFUSD received the 2016 investigative reporting award from the Education Writers Association and the 2015 investigative journalism award in the print/text small division from the Society of Professional Journalists - Northern California chapter.

Ways to Connect

Marine judge advocate Emma Shinn (left) takes her oath of office from Maj. Rebecca Harvey in 2019.
Emma Shinn

The UCLA study shows broad support among servicemembers for transgender people in the military. But the military still bans transgender people from enlisting.

Members of the support group Merging Vets and Players (MVP) hold an online meeting. The group says 35 percent of its members have lost jobs because of the pandemic.
Emily Elena Dugdale / American Homefront

While support groups continue to meet with members by phone or teleconference, many are overwhelmed by veterans seeking help.

Sailor John Arkulary from Marshfield, Wis. salutes the flag aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy in Los Angeles April 13.
Luke Cunningham / U.S. Navy

The Navy hospital ship Mercy is in Los Angeles to relieve the burden on the area's medical facilities. But it’s dealing with a growing number of coronavirus cases among members of its crew.