Emily Corwin

Seacoast Reporter

Emily worked on NPR's StateImpact project for a year, covering business & economy in New Hampshire, before transitioning to covering the Seacoast Region, where she lives presently.

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
1:12 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Port Of N.H. Bids Farewell To Scrap Piles

Credit Emily Corwin

  The Pease Development Authority voted unanimously Thursday night not to renew a contract with the scrap metal recycling company Grimmel Industries at the Port of New Hampshire in Portsmouth.

Residents, environmental watchdogs, and Portsmouth city officials have long complained that Grimmel’s scrap piles contaminate both the air and water.

Nevertheless, the Pease Development Authority signed a five year contract with Grimmel in 2009, citing an absence of alternative revenue sources.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Portsmouth Scrap Metal Dilemma Hints At Pressures On Port

Credit Emily Corwin

  Geno Marconi, the Port Director at the Port of New Hampshire, watches a giant electromagnet lifting a tangle of scrap metal into the out of a delivery truck and onto a scrap pile. “It’s like a giant ballet,” he says, pointing to the cargo ships, tugboats and delivery trucks.

The Pease Development Authority – which manages the port – leases waterfront property to the scrap company, Grimmel Industries. Grimmel’s lease ends in December, and residents along the waterfront are demanding Pease find another tenant.

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NH News
5:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

State Puts Its Weight Behind STEM: Now It Needs Students

Kristen Porter-Utley teaches biology to first year students at Keene State College.
Credit Emily Corwin

  By the mid-April at Keene State College, 13 students remained in professor Kristen Porter-Utley’s freshman biology lecture. Two had dropped out.  Keene State's Dean of Sciences and Social Sciences, Gordon Leversee,  says this is not unusual in science classes around the country.  Here, science students are 2 to 3 times more likely to get a D, an F, to withdraw, or receive an incomplete than students in other classes. 

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A Matter Of Degrees
1:56 am
Thu May 8, 2014

How STEM Became The 'Buzzword Of The Decade' [VIDEO]

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

If it seems like, these days, everyone is talking about STEM - that now common acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs - it's because they are.

In this animated two-way, we take a look at what the push for STEM means for the state - from our public university system, to the State House, and through the business community - and for students.

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NH News
6:27 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Seacoast's Free Arts And Culture Paper Closes Down

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  The Wire, a free arts and culture paper that served the Seacoast for 10 years, has shut its doors.

According to an announcement published on The Wire’s homepage on Tuesday, the paper delivered 4 million editions of their weekly paper before closing down this week.

The paper’s owners attribute their decision to “a mix of reasons both personal and professional.”   

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NH News
6:14 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

UNH's $2M Athletic Center Will House Tutors For Athletes

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  Construction will begin soon on a new $2 million athletic facility on the second floor of UNH’s Field House.  The Student-Athlete Center for Excellence is slated to open late next fall.

Mike Murphy, with the Athletic Department, says the new space should help the school attract athletes to campus.   

So it’s going to be both areas where students can have breakout rooms where they can work in tandem, but they also will have rooms where they can have advisors, tutors, and career assistance.

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NH News
4:18 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Suspended County Attorney Returns To Work

Credit Rockingham County Attorney's office

 

Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams will return to office on Wednesday, but his authority to make personnel decision will be limited.

Lawyers for Attorney General Joe Foster and Attorney Reams together crafted the agreement that allows the Reams to return to work. 

Foster suspended Reams from his elected post in November and opened an investigation. In March, the investigation concluded with allegations of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and misuse of public money. No criminal charges were made.

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NH News
5:23 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Embattled Attorney Reams One Step Closer To Returning To Office

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  Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams is one step closer to getting his job back.  On Thursday, the Supreme Court decided for now, it will not hear the state’s appeal in a lawsuit seeking to return him to office.

Reams and his attorney will likely return to court next week to argue that the Supreme Court’s decision lifts a previous lower-court order continuing his suspension.

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NH News
4:40 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Supreme Court Says Reams Can Return To Work

Earlier this month, Attorney Ramsdell argued on behalf of Suspended Rockingham County Attorney, Jim Reams at the Merrimack Superior Courthouse.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Thursday that suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams can return to office while the Attorney General appeals a lower court's finding that the suspension was unlawful. 

The Supreme Court denied the AG's request for a stay that would have kept Reams out of office until the appeal is argued.

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NH News
2:17 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

UNH To Put $54 Million Toward Buildings And Pool

Hamilton Smith Hall
Credit www.necarnegies.com

  The University System of New Hampshire voted Friday to put $54 million toward building renovations and acquisitions at UNH’s Durham Campus. 

$37 million will be spent renovating Hamilton Smith Hall, which houses UNH’s English Department, ESOL, Journalism and writing programs. The building has not been renovated in more than 30 years, and does not meet all disability and safety standards. 

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NH News
2:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Portsmouth Begins $50,000 Digital 3-D Downtown Modeling Project

Jared Foley of Kittery's Tanagram 3DS takes a photo of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.
Credit Emily Corwin

  Conflict between commercial growth and historic preservation is a constant in Portsmouth, where city meetings over building heights often run late into the night. Now, city leaders hope a new 3-D model of downtown Portsmouth will bring context to the conversation.

Portsmouth is paying the Kittery archetectural rendering firm Tangram 3DS $50,000 to create this interactive map, which Portsmouth principal planner Nick Cracknell says will be used by land use and zoning boards.

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NH News
10:02 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Rand Paul Kicks Off GOP Summit With Rally In Dover

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul rallies Republicans in Dover
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul rallied Republicans last night in Dover. The event kicked off what will be a busy weekend of politicking by high-profile members of the GOP.

In addition to  Rand Paul,  TX Senator Ted Cruz, and Utah Senator Mike Lee will take the stage at the Freedom Summit, an event organized by conservative groups Americans for Prosperity Foundation  and Citizens United.

Last night in Dover,  Rand Paul stressed the need for Republicans to broaden their appeal if they want to win in 2016. Paul says that means courting young people and minority voters.

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NH News
5:52 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Judge Reinstates Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams

Attorney Michael Ramsdell argues on Monday before Judge McNamara (not pictured). Formerly suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams takes notes (right).
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

A New Hampshire judge has ruled that the continued suspension of Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams is illegal, and ordered his reinstatement.

Attorney General Joseph Foster suspended Reams’ power to prosecute in November, as the AG investigated allegations of sexual harassment and financial mismanagement.

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NH News
5:36 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Seacoast Towns Plan For Sea Level Rise At Climate Summit

Credit Don McCullough

  Sea level rise was the topic of discussion at the Coastal New Hampshire Climate Summit on Thursday.  There, scientists and city planners came together to take small steps toward solving big problems.

Dave Burdick researches Salt Marshes at UNH, where he’s a professor of Marine Wetland Ecology.   He says his recent measurements show the water level of salt marshes in Portsmouth rising at 4.3 millimeters per year – that’s two and a half times as fast as the same salt marshes were rising in 1996.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

FEMA's New N.H. Flood Maps Could Spell Insurance Woes For Some, Relief For Others

The Federal Emergency Management Agency released new preliminary flood maps for New Hampshire on Wednesday. These updated flood maps could affect property owners in flood hazard zones from Coos County to Keene, to the Seacoast. 

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