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.



NH News
2:51 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Flying Car Will Be Tested At Pease

Credit Terrafugia

  The Massachusetts-based company Terrafugia will test a flying car at the Pease Airport in Portsmouth over the next two weeks.  

The vehicle caters to recreational pilots who live near an airport and don’t want to rent a hangar. the "Transition" vehicle being tested at Pease looks like a small plane with wings that fold.  When folded, it fits into a one-car garage.  The vehicle is legal for driving on public roads, and is expected to cost $280,000. 

Watch Terrafugia's promotional video:

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NH News
11:05 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

No New School For Newmarket

Principal Christopher Andriski poses with Megan Boyle, an 11th grade English teacher at Newmarket High School. They are standing in an ESL study room that doubles as a storage space.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Voters in the town of Newmarket have turned down a controversial new school building.  The $45 million dollar new school would have replaced the existing junior and senior high school, part of which is 90 years old.

Newmarket Principal Christopher Andriski  says the building isn't modern enough to accomodate what he calls "twenty-first century learning." It also violates fire and safety codes, as well as requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Andriski says he’s disappointed with the results:

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NH News
1:44 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

AG's Office Outlines Pattern Of Harassment and Misused Funds In Complaint Against Reams

Credit www.rocka.net / Rockingham County Attorney's Office

The Attorney General's office has released its complaint for the removal of Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams.  

Citing interviews with former employees of the Rockingham County Attorney's Office, the 25-page redacted complaint alleges numerous cases of sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, retaliation and misuse of county funds dating back 14 years. 

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NH News
6:04 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

With No Help From State, Newmarket And Other Towns Grapple With Going Solo On School Construction

In the 1924 wing of Newmarket's Junior and Senior High School, an old HVAC system frequently fails, emitting a high pitched squeal to alert a custodian.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  There’s a problem with the HVAC system at the Junior and Senior high school in Newmarket, and it’s making a high pitched squeal.  This wing of the school was built in 1924, and Principal Christopher Andriski says the exposed pipes and vents make this screeching sound all the time. The noise, he says, is the system’s way of alerting the custodian. “He’s gotta manually push a button up there,” Andriski explains.

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NH News
2:41 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

AG's Office Concludes Investigation Into Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams

The Attorney General’s office plans to announce the findings of its investigation into Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams next week, after  Reams is able to attend his mother’s funeral on Monday in Nebraska. 

Reams was also originally scheduled to be in court in Concord on Monday for a hearing related to his suit against the AG’s office and the Rockingham County Commission.  That hearing has now been postponed to April 7th.

Reams has been under investigation since November for his use of funds forfeited for criminal convictions.

NH News
5:13 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Portsmouth Council Unanimously Approves Gender Identity Protection

Portsmouth’s City Council voted unanimously on Monday to pass a resolution protecting city workers from discrimination based on gender identity.  

At present, New Hampshire is the only state in New England that does not have a similar law at the state level. That’s despite existing state laws protecting individuals based on sexual orientation, gender, race, creed, marital status, or disability.  

Portsmouth’s resolution was championed by former state Rep. Jim Splaine, and included an item that would press the state to update their anti-discrimination laws. 

NH News
4:46 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Lead And Asbestos-Ridden 'Alcatraz Of The East' For Lease At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Credit rjzii via Flickr Creative Commons

The US Navy will offer for lease the former Naval Prison on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The Navy has twice before sought private-sector redevelopment of the old Naval Prison, which closed in 1974.  It was built in 1908, and has been called the “Alcatraz of the East.”

The medieval-looking multi-story building is 265,000 square feet and has 11 and a half acres of waterfront land.

The new tenant would be responsible for ensuring structural stability in the now-dilapidated building, and cleaning up hazardous waste, including asbestos and lead paint.

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NH News
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

With Escalating Heroin Epidemic In Portsmouth, City's Reputation Could Be On The Line

Portsmouth Detective Captain Mike Schwartz shows a "hide," or hidden compartment, where a dealer may hide drugs.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR


  Most days, Portsmouth Police Captain Mike Schwartz starts his work day at his desk. He drinks his coffee, and reads yesterday’s police log. “So much of it is about people trying to feed their addiction,” he says, "people trying to find enough money to buy a bag of heroin.”

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NH News
4:56 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

New England Fisheries Receive $33 Million In Disaster Relief

Fishing trawlers in Portsmouth
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/36783643@N05/3611830167 / Flickr name: InAweofGod'sCreation

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, announced Wednesday morning that it will give $33 million in disaster relief funding to fishery communities in the Northeast.  

New Hampshire’s fisheries were declared a federal disaster in September of 2012. About a year later, Congress approved $75 million for fishery relief nationwide, with $33 million earmarked for New England and New York.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

More Farmers Till More Land In N.H. And New England

Goat at Evandale Farm in Pittsfield, NH
Credit Emily Corwin

  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture, more farms are sprouting up across New Hampshire.  In fact, the numbers show New England as a whole bucking national trends. 

While the nation has seen a decrease in farm operations by 4.3 percent since 2007, New Hampshire has seen an increase by 5.4 percent.

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NH News
4:34 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Shea-Porter, Ayotte and Shaheen Request Federal Railroad Inspections On Seacoast

Residents of Newington, Greenland, Stratham and Portsmouth say they are concerned about an application by the company Sea-3 Inc. to increase transit of liquid petroleum over local industrial railroad tracks. The residents fear potential derailment of cars containing the highly flammable material.

So on Wednesday, New Hampshire’s two senators and Shea-Porter sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration requesting the Administration conduct an inspection of the tracks, and quickly hold a public forum on the matter.

NH News
5:07 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Costs Of Tuesday's Storm Cleanup Will Depend On Timing

Public works departments and institutions are gearing up for yet another snowstorm on Tuesday. But the storm’s impact isn’t just about the precipitation or wind speeds.  It’s about timing.

If Tuesday’s storm touches down in the morning and lasts through early evening as initially predicted, UNH may have to to curtail classes for a fifth time this year. That would be more cancelations in 2014 than any of the last 4 years.

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NH News
4:23 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Coach Katey Stone, UNH '89, Leads US Womens Hockey Team To Olympic Final

Katey Stone
Credit Perry Smith / UNH Photographic Services

  Two graduates of UNH will represent the United States on Thursday in the final women's hockey game in Sochi. 

Coach Katey Stone will be leading the US womens hockey team against Canada, the three-time defending champion. Stone is in Sochi on hiatus from Harvard University, where she is head coach of the women’s hockey team.

Stone is the first ever female coach of the US women's hockey team, a team that has medalled every year, but hasn’t won gold since 1998. 

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Around the Nation
5:26 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Water-Skiing On Snow: Skijorers Aren't Just Horsing Around

A horseman pulls a skier down the street in Leadville, Colo., in March, during the city's annual skijoring event. It was the event's 62nd year.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 11:44 am

Terri Moitozo, 52, kicks her boots into her downhill skis in Rochester, N.H. Odd thing is, she's 30 miles from any mountain.

"Combining two things I love, skiing and horses," she says. "I'm excited!

Moitozo doesn't need gravity to fly across the snow — that's what her horse, Friday, is for. That, and her buddy Nick Barishian, who's riding Friday.

"He's my horse husband," she says, pointing to Barishian. "My regular husband doesn't do the horse stuff, so you gotta hire out."

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NH News
4:02 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Stratham Champ Heads To Controversial Yoga Competition

Emily Avery demonstrates "Standing Head To Knee," one of the seven postures required at the National Yoga Championships
Credit Emily Corwin

  Emily Avery is ambitious.  She’s a first year student at Princeton, a pre-professional ballerina, and she wants to be a neurosurgeon.  Emily Avery is also, very, flexible.

And if the USA Yoga Federation had their way, there would be a place at the Olympics for competitive yogis like her. But for now, USA Yoga will hold their annual national championship in San Antonio this March.  And, of course, this 19 year old yoga champ will be there. 

Competitive Yoga Is Serious Business

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