Emily Corwin

Seacoast Reporter

Emily Corwin is NHPR's Seacoast reporter, doing general assignment reporting across the region. She reports regularly on New Hampshire’s prison system, higher education, and regional politics. Previously, Emily worked on NPR's StateImpact project covering business & economy in New Hampshire. Emily received the 2013 Gracie Award for “Best Hard News Feature,” for her reporting on New Hampshire’s state prison for women.

Before coming to NHPR, Emily was the associate programmer for Public Radio Remix, with Roman Mars (of 99% Invisible). She hosted and produced Youthcast, a podcast from the Public Radio Exchange; and worked on other freelance projects in Boston. Emily studied cello performance and music composition at the California Institute of the Arts. She fell in love with public radio while schlepping between gigs on Los Angeles freeways.



NH News
10:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

A.G.: Murder-Suicide At Dover Hospital Involved Husband And Wife

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
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An investigation is underway into a murder-suicide involving a husband and wife at a Dover hospital this morning.

According to the attorney general’s office, Dover police responded to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital just after 6 this morning for a report of shots fired.

Officers found the husband and wife both dead in the hospital’s critical care unit.

While the investigation is ongoing, it appears the husband murdered his wife and then took his own life. 

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NH News
5:56 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Cold Temps Good News For Nordic Skiers

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  Thanks to snow blowing, most lifts and at least half the trails are open at New Hampshire's major downhill ski resorts. Now, upcoming cold temperatures will mean more cross country trails can open up, too.

Gunstock will begin blowing snow onto its cross country trails on Monday night.  Marketing Director Bill Quigley says getting snow onto these narrow, tree-lined trails requires the assistance of a local farmer. "They actually load the snow into a manure spreader," he says, "and then we drag it around with a snowcat and a tractor to spread it on the trails."

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NH News
5:43 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Avis Goodwin, Healthcare 'Visionary,' Dies At 95

A lifelong champion for uninsured women and their children has died.  Avis Goodwin passed away on Saturday in York Harbor, Maine on Saturday at age 95. 

As Director of Social Services at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in 1969, she started the state’s first prenatal care clinic for uninsured women. It is now a nonprofit called the Goodwin Community Health Center in Somersworth.

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NH News
3:49 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Portsmouth Rejects Temporary Exemption For Uber Drivers, Seeks Long Term Solution

  The Portsmouth City Council has voted down a measure that would have created a temporary legal exception for drivers of the ride-sharing company, Uber.

City Attorney Bob Sullivan established the previous week that online ride-sharing does qualify as a taxi service in Portsmouth, and could be subject to taxi inspection and medallion requirements.

But in a 5-4 vote Monday night, City Councilors rejected the 60-day protection for Uber’s drivers proposed by Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine.

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New England News
5:23 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

New Hampshire Bests Vermont For On-Time Graduation Rates

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  For the first time in five years, New Hampshire came in at the top of the class for on-time graduation: 88 percent of students graduated high school in four years. Vermont had held that title previously.

That’s the report from the New England Secondary School Consortium, which consists of five New England States: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NESSC  released its latest high school graduation and college enrollment data last week.

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NH News
4:02 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

'Women's Leadership Expert' Named Dean Of UNH's Paul College

Deborah Merrill-Sands named dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire
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The University of New Hampshire has appointed Deborah Merrill-Sands to be dean of the Paul College of Business and Economics.

In a recent press release, UNH Provost Lisa MacFarlane called Merrill-Sands a "leading authority on women's leadership and women's workforce issues.”

The dean’s seat was vacated over a year ago, when Daniel Innis resigned to make a bid for U.S. Congress.

Merrill-Sands, who is currently the dean of the Graduate School of Business at Mills College, will begin her role in Durham this March. 

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NH News
5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

As Drug Sentences Spike, New Women's Prison May Be Too Small

NH State Prison for Women in Goffstown
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

New Hampshire's new $38 million prison – which is being built in Concord as I write this – may be too small.

 The fact that the state’s prison population has been growing steadily is well known. What’s new is a striking increase in the number of female inmates in state prison over the last six months. It’s 13 percent higher compared to 2013. That’s roughly four times the rate of increase among male inmates. 

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NH News
7:17 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Strawbery Banke Ice Rink Opens At Last

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  A new skating rink at the Strawbery Banke museum in Portsmouth opened for its first full day on Saturday.

Twenty-four year old Portsmouth resident Melissa Towle was lacing up her boots Saturday afternoon with her stepdaughter.

I haven't ice-skated since I was about her age so I'm just hoping I don't hurt myself!

The rink took two years in development:  advocates overcame a pricey legal battle waged by wary neighbors, and raised over $450,000 dollars.

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NH News
6:59 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Peaceful Protest Against Police Brutality Draws 80 To Market Square

Abby Colby and Sophie Webb
Emily Corwin NHPR

About 80 people gathered in Market Square in Portsmouth Friday night to show solidarity with African American victims of police brutality.

A few people of color stood among a largely white crowd. Some stood quietly, others chanted "We Shall Overcome." 

PaMela Ramsay held a sign reading “Black Lives Matter.” She’s a third generation Portsmouth Native, and African American. "It's always been very white here," she said, "and it's extremely encouraging, extremely emotional, and I'm just so happy to see all these people who would support people of color."

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NH News
4:58 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court Favors The State In Pension Contribution Decision

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has said the state can increase public employees’ pension contributions, even after workers have spent 10-plus years on the job.

The ruling reverses a Superior Court decision, which could have required the state to refund $75 million dollars in pension contributions to some 25,000 public employees.

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NH News
11:33 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

In Somersworth, Friends, Not Jobs, Bring Millennials Home

"Paul [Goodwin's] 25 birthday - April 2013," writes DeSantis. "That's who we usually talk about when we refer to the Hill kids from our year. That's Pat [Jackman] up front left, then James Thompson in back, then Paul [Goodwin], then Emmett, Aaron [Wysocki], Me, and Leigh [Messier] is in front. At the time of that picture, only James wasn't living in Somo'" - Maddie DeSantis
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  When it comes to our state’s economic future, policymakers and business leaders bemoan New Hampshire’s aging population and the state’s failure to lure young people back to the state after college.  Usually, jobs are seen as the antidote. But in Somersworth, a youth renaissance is taking place thanks not to any employer – but to the strength of twelve millennials’ childhood bonds.

First, picture Somersworth. It’s got a couple pizza and sub shops, a pawn shop, a thrift store, and like in a lot of old New England mill towns, that’s about it.

NH News
5:30 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

FairPoint Strikers Rally In Portsmouth On 50th Day Of Strike

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  Standing in Market Square Friday afternoon, you could hear a hoarse striker’s voice cracking as he chanted along to “what do we want?” “A contract.” “When do we want it?” “Now.”

About 100 striking FairPoint workers were rallying  to mark the 50th day of the strike. These unionized telecommunications workers haven’t seen a paycheck since they walked off the job in October. Many have spent the time attending rallies as far away as Montpelier, Vermont and Portland, Maine.

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NH News
5:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Portsmouth Police Seek Trust Through Conversation

The first "Cops On Corners" will take place in Market Square, Portsmouth
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  This week the Portsmouth police department launches a new program called “Cops on Corners,” in an effort to make department operations more transparent.

Deputy Police Chief Corey MacDonald says the community events are a response both to local tensions and a national conversation arising out of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He says “the goal here is to get out in front of the public, go neighborhood by neighborhood --because different neighborhoods have different issues -- and just meet with people.”

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NH News
7:17 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Power Companies Expect More Major Storms, More Major Outages

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  Now that virtually all of the 300,000 energy customers who lost power in Wednesday’s storm have their lights back on, New Hampshire's power companies are looking to the future. 

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NH News
5:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

No-Go For Homeless Day Center In Exeter Neighborhood

Seacoast Family Promise's logo
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The nonprofit Seacoast Family Promise had  hoped to provide training, medical and social services at a new day center in an Exeter neighborhood. But after two months of back and forth, the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment voted the proposal down Tuesday night.

Although the nonprofit says all guests would have passed criminal background and illegal drug tests,  neighbors continued to worry the center would reduce property values and impact neighborhood safety. 

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NH News
5:40 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Portsmouth's Iconic Scrap Piles Are Gone For Good

Grimmel Industries' scrap pile on Market Street in Portsmouth.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The last of the scrap metal has been loaded onto a cargo ship and is headed out of Portsmouth this weekend. The scrap company Grimmel Industries had operated on the port for about 10 years. 

The Pease Development Authority voted earlier this year not to renew the scrap company’s lease after years of pressure from  the scrap yard's neighbors and environmental advocates.

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NH News
11:19 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Exeter Superintendent Calls Social Media Incident 'Relatively Minor'

Exeter High School
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Exeter superintendent of schools Michael Morgan is not giving many details about what he's calling "an incident involving the inappropriate use of personal technology." His primary responsibility, he says, is to protect students' privacy. 

On Wednesday, Exeter Police Chief Richard Kane told Seacoast Media Group  “the police department is actively investigating.” 

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NH News
2:57 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Frank Guinta Takes Congressional District 1

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  First district Republican Frank Guinta came out on top yesterday in his third matchup with incumbent Democrat, Carol Shea-Porter. NHPR’s Emily Corwin reports Guinta edged Shea-Porter by 3 points.

After her defeat Carol Shea-Porter was unexpectedly upbeat, saying “I love election day! And I love  the people that I got to see, I’m proud of the constituent services we did, I’m proud of the work we did in the office in Congress, but I love the campaign side too!” 

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1:35 am
Mon November 3, 2014

On Final Weekend Before The Election, Parties Rally And Look To Mobilize Support

If you are seeking nuance or restraint, you wont find it at a  get out the vote rally on the Sunday before a tight election.  

Here’s State GOP chairman Jennifer Horn last night in Manchester:

"This is our time. We need to crush it. We need to grab it.  We need to run with it, push their heads under over and over again until they cannot breathe anymore, until the elections are over Tuesday night."   

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NHPR Blogs
9:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

When Did N.H. Towns Start Calling The Shots On Trick-Or-Treating?

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Where I grew up in Connecticut, children trick or treat on Halloween night, after dark, for as long as they possibly can.   I called my hometown’s clerk to double check: municipal government has nothing to do with it.

Yet in my current home of Portsmouth, the city website declares “the date and time for 'Trick-or-Treat' activities in Portsmouth this year will be Thursday, October 30th, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.”

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5:19 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

With Three Tight Races, N.H. GOP Eyes College Voters

Scott Brown eats a pretzel off a young woman's snack-necklace at Redhook Brewery's BeerFest.
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  College campuses used to be the domain of the Democrats. Two years ago, Democrats got 62 percent of the vote among 18-29 year olds.  And with midterm election turnout particularly low among college students, it didn't make sense for the GOP to spend time campaigning there.

“Traditionally in midterm elections, the GOP has said ‘we don’t think it’s worth expending the resources,’” says 32 year old Andrew Hemingway, a recent Republican candidate for Governor and manager of Newt Gingrich’s 2012 campaign in New Hampshire.

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8:17 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Shaheen And Warren Rally Their Base, Brown Stumps Farther Afield

Senator Warren stumps with Senator Shaheen at UNH
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Democrat Jeanne Shaheen was joined on the campaign trail this weekend by one of her party’s biggest stars: Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Senator who defeated Scott Brown in 2012. While Shaheen’s campaign stops targeted core Democratic constituencies – college towns and union halls --  Scott Brown’s campaign sought votes a bit farther afield.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren made one thing clear to the crowd at the University of New Hampshire.  Scott Brown is not from here.

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6:27 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Dartmouth And Stanford Researchers Under Scrutiny For Mailed Voting Guides

Montana voting guide distributed by Dartmouth and Stanford researchers

Dartmouth College and Stanford University researchers who sent election information mailers to voters in Montana, California and New Hampshire may have broken election laws in at least one of those states.

The election mailers placed candidates on a spectrum from ‘more liberal’ to ‘more conservative,’ and were titled “2014 Voter Information Guide.”  Dartmouth spokesperson Justin Anderson says were designed by political science researchers whose work “seeks to determine whether individuals provided with more information about candidates are more likely to vote.”

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NH News
9:54 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Shea-Porter Says Naysayers Don't Understand Obamacare

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Democratic congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says the rollout of the Affordable Care Act was “terrible,” but defends her decision to back the bill. 

In a wide-ranging conversation with NHPR’s Laura Knoy at the UNH School of Law, Shea-Porter bemoaned corporate money in Washington, called for increased minimum wage, and then - got into the nitty gritty about Obamacare. "It's changed peoples' lives," she said.

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10:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Seacoast Millennials Host Candidates Forum

Four N.H. Senate and two Executive Council candidates debated a range of issues in Portsmouth Monday night. The forum was hosted by a new nonprofit dedicated to engaging young adults in the democratic process, called The 603 Initiative.

Republican candidate for NH Senate District 21, Phil Nazzaro argued the state should reduce its taxes on business profits tax. But Longtime Democratic incumbent Martha Fuller Clark said NH needs that revenue:  

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NH News
10:02 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Pop-Up Party Company Under Scrutiny For Role In Keene Riots

Police in riot gear barricade streets of Keene.
Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Governor Maggie Hassan says a company may have staged the massive house parties that broke out into riots in Keene Saturday and early Sunday morning.

After meeting with officials from the city and Keene State College Sunday, Hassan explained the parties were broadcast on social media.

"As far as we can tell," Hassan says, "there are companies now that advertise parties around certain events often near college campuses, attract people there, and the people are encouraged to do things that are then videotaped and put on social media."

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NH News
4:19 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

'Flags of Convenience' Create Ebola Confusion Near N.H. Ports

This Japanese cargo ship bears a "flag of convenience" from Monrovia, Liberia
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Ships bearing West African flags do not pose health risks to Granite Staters, says Geno Marconi, Director of Ports and Harbors in New Hampshire.

Marconi says the Port of New Hampshire has received calls from citizens concerned about the transmission of the Ebola virus.

However, Marconi says, ships are often registered in Monrovia, Liberia, because of that country’s relaxed tax laws.

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NH News
5:26 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Ongoing Ebola Prep 'The New Normal' For State Health Workers

State Health Officials continue to prepare for the possibility that a patient with the Ebola virus could arrive at a New Hampshire health facility.

Deputy state epidemiologist Elizabeth Talbot says experts are working with hospitals, EMTs, primary care doctors, even pharmacists, through webinars, training videos, and the state’s multifaceted health alert system.

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NH News
5:02 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

James Foley's Work Honored At New Hampshire Film Festival

The 14th annual New Hampshire Film Festival will celebrate the film work of slain journalist, James Foley, who grew up in Wolfboro.

Back in 2011, just days before the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Film directors Ross Kaufman and Katy Chevigny hired a cinematographer to film the part of their documentary that would take place in Libya.   That cinematographer was photojournalist James Foley. The following year, Foley was abducted in Syria. He was executed by Islamic State militants in August.

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2:03 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Why All Candidates Embrace The Shipyard, But The Shipyard Doesn't Embrace All The Candidates

Kevin Gross, a pipefitter at the Shipyard, says he trusts his union to endorse candidates with his interests in mind.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

There’s a painted blue line surrounding the entrance to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Over that blue line, political campaigning is not allowed, but just a few inches on this side of it – politics are in motion.

Over the last few months, Shipyard unions have endorsed at least five candidates, most of them Democrats. 

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