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.

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NH News
9:32 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Portsmouth Up In Arms Over Noise Complaints

Joshua Cyr wearing a "Keep Portsmouth Loud" t-shirt in Portsmouth's Market Square.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The streets of Portsmouth appear peaceful and idyllic this last week of summer. But just beneath the surface, all is not well in the Port City. On the Seacoast, recent responses to ongoing noise complaints have residents here in an uproar. 

Things got really crazy in Portsmouth on Tuesday. That’s when the Prescott Park Arts Festival canceled their end-of-the-season double feature film night after neighbors complained the noise would keep their kids up too late.

It was supposed to be 'Brave,' combined with 'Braveheart.'

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NH News
2:04 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

'Holy Mass Of Healing' Planned With Family Of James Foley

Credit David Campbell / flickr, creative commons

A "Holy Mass of Healing, Hope and For Peace" is being held Sunday in Rochester at the church where slain journalist James Foley’s family are parishioners. The mass follows Wednesday’s confirmation of Foley’s death at the hands of Islamic State Militants.

At 2pm Sunday, Bishop Peter Libasci will join Jim Foley’s parents and their Reverend, Paul Gousse for a traditional Mass at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish. Patrick McGee of the Diocese says the Mass is "to offer prayers for hope and for peace."  

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NH News
11:03 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Portsmouth Startup Markets $10M 'Attack Helicopter Of The Sea' To DOD

Credit Juliet Marine Systems

An 18-person Portsmouth startup has built a futuristic stealth attack boat they are now shopping around to the Department of Defense. Caroline Winter with Bloomberg reports the Ghost, built by Juliet Marine Systems, will go for about $10 million each.   

Right now, a Ghost prototype resides in a hangar at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. There, CEO Gregory Sancoff told Winter the 4,000 horsepower aluminum and stainless steel vehicle is “such a smooth ride, you can sit there and drink your coffee going through six-foot swells.”

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NH News
5:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Hometown Grapples With Death Of Journalist Jim Foley, Killed By Islamic State Militants

Sheri McSheehy put up a display in downtown Rochester, mourning the death of international journalist and Rochester native, Jim Foley.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  There’s been no shortage of people mourning the killing of James Foley by Islamic State militants. President Obama interrupted his Martha’s Vinyard vacation Wednesday to recall Foley -- who disappeared two years ago in Syria -- and to condemn his killers.

“People like this ultimately fail,” Obama said. “They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed him.”

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NH News
3:33 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Officials Break Ground For Women's Prison

The new State Prison for Women will be located behind the State Prison for Men in Concord.
Emily Corwin NHPR

State lawmakers broke ground for a $38 million State Prison for Women on Monday, thrusting shovels into dirt behind the tall wire fences of the Concord State Prison for Men. The prison will replace a former county jail that was meant to be temporary, but has housed the state’s women inmates for more than 20 years.

The new prison will include a chapel, classrooms, space for prison industries, and a courtyard with a garden.  It came about after female inmates sued the state for not providing the same opportunities as their male counterparts.

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NH News
4:20 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Construction Begins Monday On Portsmouth's African Burying Ground Memorial

Rendering of Chestnut St. with African Burying Ground memorial park.
http://www.africanburyinggroundnh.org City of Portsmouth

As many as 200 Africans and their descendants are buried beneath a single block on Chestnut Street in downtown Portsmouth, known as the African Burying Ground.  On Monday, the Western lane of that city block will be transformed into a $1.2 million dollar memorial park. 

 David Moore does community development for the city. He says the memorial construction will include the "re-interment of remains that were exhumed in 2003 during excavations associated with a roadway construction project." That construction, he says, was "when the city rediscovered the existence of this site."

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NH News
1:01 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Mazzaglia Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of UNH Student

Seth Mazzaglia arrives for sentencing.
Credit AP Photo Jim Cole POOL

The Dover man convicted of the rape and murder of 19-year-old UNH student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was sentenced to life in prison Thursday at the Strafford County Courthouse.  

Seth Mazzaglia was shackled and dressed in green jail garb, his expression inscrutable, as 13 of Marriott’s loved ones conveyed their grief. 

  “I want you to know, unequivocably, that I hate you,” Lizzi’s mother Melissa Marriott told Mazzaglia.

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NH News
5:50 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Despite Neighbors' Concerns, Ice Rink 'A Go' In Portsmouth

A artist's rendering of Puddle Dock pond ice rink
Credit Strawbery Banke Museum

  It may seem warm out for talk of winter sports, but come December, ice skaters in Portsmouth will have a new outdoor rink for skating and ice hockey.

That’s the word from the Strawbery Banke Museum, which announced Tuesday it had surpassed its fundraising goal, bringing in almost $500,000 for the project.   

Sixteen neighbors of the museum fought the ice rink in court, citing concerns of noise and traffic.  A county judge dismissed the case in January.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Shea-Porter Gets PAC Money For Opposing PAC Money

Larry Lessig, founder of Mayday PAC
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3X2eDCmPRY / Mayday

  A political action committee on a mission to overhaul  how campaigns are financed is putting its weight behind first district Democratic Congresswoman, Carol Shea-Porter. Porter  is  one of 8 candidates to be endorsed by Mayday, which expects to spent $13 million dollars this campaign season.

Mayday is the brainchild of Harvard Law professor and political activist, Lawrence Lessig.  He says Mayday has one goal: to reduce the influence of money in politics.

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NH News
4:25 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

10-Week Startup School Targets Startup Dreamers

Credit Alpha Loft

Alpha Loft, a nonprofit startup incubator with offices in three New Hampshire cities, is now accepting applications for a free, 10 week startup "school."

The announcement marks the beginning of a new phase of educational programs from Alpha Loft, a startup incubator specializing in technology. They have offices in Manchester, Durham and Portsmouth.

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NH News
7:29 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Seacoast Farmers Reach Bigger Buyers By Sharing New Smartphone App

Kate Donald of Stout Oak Farm loads produce from her farm onto Andre Cantelmo's truck of Heron Pond Farm

It’s the height of the harvest season, and New Hampshire’s farmers continue to look for ways to make the business of small farming profitable in an age of industrial agriculture.   On the Seacoast, one group of farmers is using technology and cooperation to expand beyond the farmers market.

Local Food Can Be Inefficient

At Flatbread pizza in Portsmouth, head chef Ryan LeBossiere chops organic California onions.  

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NH News
3:13 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

N.H. Air National Guard Officially Chosen For 12 New Aerial Refueling Tankers

The Boeing KC-46 Tanker, as depicted on Boeing's press page.
Credit Courtesy image

After much anticipation, it is official: Pease Air National Guard Base will be the first in the nation to receive the KC-46A, the latest generation of aerial refueling tankers.  

The Air Force chose New Hampshire’s  157th  Air Refueling Wing at Pease over 88 competitors back in May of last year.  Now that an environmental impact study is complete, champions of NH’s 157th are celebrating. Senator Kelly Ayotte explains  that "The 157th refueling unit has done a phenomenal job, but they are flying Eisenhower-era tankers. "

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NH News
9:16 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Forced Overtime Exhausts Prison Officers, Costs State Millions

Inmate Eric Grant, who sits on an Inmate Communication Committee, says occasionally Correctional Officers fall asleep on the job.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Overtime Exhaustion

For more than a decade, New Hampshire prisons have been under enormous pressure.  The prison population has gone up as staff numbers have gone down.  Aside from the inmates, few feel the consequences as acutely as the state’s correctional officers.

Corrections Sergeant Justin Jardine represents prison officers with the State Employees’ union. “I'm working approximately 3 double shifts a week, so 64 hours a week,”says Jardine.  Younger officers, Jardine says, work 4 or 5 double shifts -- around 80 hours a week.  

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NH News
5:30 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Dual Admissions Offered For UNH and Great Bay Community College

The University of New Hampshire and Great Bay Community College announced Tuesday a new dual admissions program. It will allow students to use a single application to get an Associate’s degree from Great Bay before transferring to UNH for a bachelors’.

Once at Great Bay, students need only to maintain a 2.5 GPA to continue on to the University.

NH News
3:45 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Food Pantries Benefit From Market Basket Woes

Credit Ella Nilsen / NHPR

  Neither Market Basket’s picketing employees, shoppers nor corporate leaders are happy right now, but the state’s food pantries are doing better than usual at a time of the month when food stamps are spent and demand is high.

That's because local Market Baskets are donating their nearly expired products to food pantries. 

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