Emily Corwin

Seacoast Reporter

Emily worked on NPR's StateImpact project covering business & economy in New Hampshire, before transitioning to covering the Seacoast Region. She is now NHPR's Seacoast reporter, doing general assignment reporting in the region.

Before coming to NHPR, Emily was the associate programmer for Public Radio Remix, with Roman Mars (of 99% Invisible); 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, then fell in love with public radio while schlepping between gigs on Los Angeles freeways.

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NH News
2:42 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

With Capital Budget Signed, Women's Prison Moves Ahead

As of Tuesday, $245 million dollars in capital projects are on the way in New Hampshire, now that Governor Maggie Hassan signed the capital budget into law. The biggest line item in that budget is a $38 million dollar new women’s prison.

The prison will be located next to the mens’ prison, in Concord.   Jeff Lyons with the Department of Corrections says that’s for certain.  But what the prison will look like, and who will build it? That, Lyons says, is yet to be decided:

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NH News
9:57 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Growing Pains: What One N.H. Farmer Is Doing To Make Local Food More Profitable

Heron Pond Farm sells produce and other goods at their farm stand in Kensington, N.H.
Emily Corwin NHPR

With almost 60 farmers markets across the state, demand for local food is growing.  But local farmers still struggle to make a profit growing local food. In fact, about three quarters of all farms in New Hampshire gross less than $10,000 from sales each year.

This is the first installment in our summer business series investigating how a changing market place is affecting New Hampshire farmers.

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NH News
5:28 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Reenactors In Wool Brave Heat And Humidity At Strawbery Banke American Celebration

The Salem Trayned Band shows off their Pike drill at the Strawbery Banke Museum on July 4
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  The Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth was bustling on Thursday with its annual 4th of July American Celebration. 

Crowds are gathered around a lemonade vendor, dolling out plastic cups covered in condensation. Nearby, the doors of restored historic houses have been flung open, and visitors go inside for shade.

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NH News
5:15 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Shaheen Lauds Immigration Reform Bill At Portmsouth Naturalization Ceremony

Navy Color Guard, July 4 naturalization ceremony, Strawbery Banke,Portsmouth
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  One hundred twenty-four people from over 50 nations gathered in Portsmouth on Independence day to become American citizens.

Senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen spoke before the jubilant crowd. After urging the new Americans to contribute to the nation by participating in civic life, she brought up the immigration reform bill the US Senate signed last week:

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NH News
4:18 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Shaheen Backs President Obama's Attempts To Extradite Snowden

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shahean says NSA leaker Edward Snowden ought to return to the United States.  At a tourism event Tuesday morning in Portsmouth, she said she backs Obama’s efforts to extradite Snowden so he can be tried in court: I think Edward Snowden has released critical information in a way that has violated the law, he needs to come back to the US, explain his situation, appear before a court of law, and see the outcome of that kind of a trial.  Shaheen says she approves of actions in Washington that prevent him from receiving asylum from other nations. Snowde

NH News
4:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Shaheen Says U.S. Tourism Ads Are Working For N.H.

Senator Shaheen and Brand USA's Mike Fullerton take questions from tourism industry leaders at The Common Man in Portsmouth.
Credit Emily Corwin

This holiday weekend, 186,000 visitors are expected in the state, and New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen says a federal public/private partnership could help those numbers grow even bigger.  She stopped by Portsmouth Tuesday morning to talk with the state’s tourism industry leaders.  

  Back in 2009, Congress passed the Travel Promotion Act, which created Brand USA, a tourism promotion corporation that is funded equally with private dollars and federal matching grants. Senator Shaheen says Brand USA is going to bat for New Hampshire.

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NH News
5:24 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Brentwood Native's First Tour De France

A New Hampshire native will be among the pro cyclists setting out on the Tour de France this weekend.   

Thirty year old Brentwood resident Teddy King arrived late to cycling – compared to other pros, at least.  He was already in college at Middlebury, when he took up the sport. But now, his mom Margie King says, he’s hit the big time:

Oh my gosh, yes, Teddy has raced at least two major tours in Europe, two Giro D’Italias, which are the same length, same distance, but they just don’t have the same cache that the Tour de France has.

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NH News
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Seacoast Farm-a-Q Brings Farms To Forks This Sunday

Twelve chefs are converging on the Brandmore Farm in Rollinsford this Sunday for a Farm-a-Q, a local food BBQ open to the public. 

Portsmouth chef and restaurateur, Evan Mallett, organizes the event.  He says all of the food is grown locally.

We try to unite chefs, farmers and consumers around heirloom vegetables, heritage breed animals, and now endangered fisheries, too.

The event raises funds for two organizations: Slow Food Seacoast and Heirloom Harvest. The groups also hold an annual high-end multi-course barn dinner.

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NH News
5:32 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New Northern Pass Route Leaves PSNH With Thousands Of Extra Acres

Gary Long speaks with attendees at Thursday's press conference.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  PSNH’s new route for Northern Pass transmission lines has left the energy company with thousands of acres of land that it no longer needs for the hydroelectric project.   It had bought the properties to align with its original route proposal.  At a press conference held by PSNH on Thursday, company president Gary Long was asked what the company plans to do with all that land.

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NH News
5:24 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

PSNH Announces New Route For Northern Pass

Map provided by PSNH.
Credit PSNH

  PSNH has announced a new route for their controversial hydroelectric project.

In the northern part of the state, the new route veers east from Pittsburg, Clarksville and Stewartstown to Dixville. Then, it drops south to Drummer in the middle of the state, before bending back west to Northumberland on existing rights of way.

PSNH president Gary Long says PSNH owns all of the property or easements necessary to connect power lines from Canada down to Deerfield.

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NH News
5:17 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

DOMA Ruling Will Reduce Income Taxes For Some N.H. Couples

A New Hampshire lawyer says one of the key changes following today’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act has to do with income taxes. 

Let’s say you’re in a same-sex marriage recognized by the state of New Hampshire.  Your spouse works for a company that covers both of your health benefits. Before Wednesday, when the Supreme Court overturned DOMA, you had to pay federal income taxes on those health benefits. 

New Hampshire lawyer John Rich says, that’s because in the eyes of IRS, your same-sex spouse was not considered a member of your family: 

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NH News
5:45 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Hassan Signs 'Dealers' Bill Of Rights'

Governor Hassan shakes farm equipment dealer Charlie Girardi, after signing the "dealers' bill of rights" into law.
Credit Abby Kessler

  Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law today that gives New Hampshire auto equipment dealers new protections in their contracts with vehicle manufacturers.

The new law makes it harder for manufacturers to close down dealerships, and increases dealers’ reimbursements for warranty repairs. It also limits required building renovations to every 15 years.  

The biggest victors may be the state’s farm equipment dealers, who were not included in the state’s previous auto dealers bill of rights.

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NH News
5:15 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

State Employees Union Heads Back To Bargaining Table

The State Employees Association is sending negotiators back to the bargaining table, after a tentative agreement had been reached with the state. The $35 million agreement would give state workers their first raise in 5 years, but requires state employees to pay health care deductibles for the first time. 

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Business and Economy
5:26 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

N.H. Companies Pitch Air And Space Products At Paris Air Show

Staff from the state’s Division of Economic Development along with five New Hampshire small businesses are drumming up sales at the 50th International Paris Air Show this week. 

It’s been thunder storming in Paris  – that’s the word from the state’s Division of Economic Development. Two of their staff are attending the Paris Air Show this week along with five New Hampshire companies: Corfin in Salem; Transupport in Merrimack; TechResources of Milford; Wire Technologies of Lisbon and RDF Corp of Hudson.   

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NH News
5:17 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

State Employees May Get First Raise In Five Years This July

State employees may be getting their first raises in 5 years, after labor unions reached tentative agreements with the state Tuesday night. 

Wages will rise 1.5 percent this July, then 2.25 percent in both 2014 and 2015.  But, workers will have to contribute to their dental plans, and pay a gradually increasing health insurance deductible.

That is: IF union leadership signs off on the agreements. State Employees Association president Diana Lacey says the master bargaining team will present the agreement to her union’s leadership Thursday night:

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