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.



NH News
5:34 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

UNH President Pushes Back Against Online Education At 'Walmart Prices'

UNH President Mark Huddleston
Credit Mike Ross / UNH Photographic Services

  Mark Huddleston, President of the University of New Hampshire, delivered his annual State of the University on Tuesday. 

The University President’s speech began with a list of successes: from restored legislative funding to $20 million for a new school of public policy.   

But President Mark Huddleston’s hour-long address soon moved to challenges facing his school’s very model of higher education.

His concerns included decreasing enrollment, climbing tuition, and competition from online and private universities:

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NH News
5:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Rockingham County Prosecutors Forge Ahead Amid Turmoil

Suspended Rockingham Attorney Jim Reams
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  It’s nearing three months since an investigation into Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams led to a major shakeup at the county attorney’s office.   There, a staff of 35 have faced some major adjustments.

How it went down

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NH News
9:54 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Seacoast and Manchester Startup Incubators Announce Merger

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  Two of New Hampshire’s startup incubators, the abi Hub in Manchester and the New Hampshire Innovation Commercialization Center on the Seacoast, have announced they are merging. 

They are two of a handful of organizations in the state that help entrepreneurs launch startups with competitions, investment, mentoring, and co-working spaces.

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NH News
9:48 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Somersworth 'Golden Boy' Injects Pub Trivia With Startup Spirit

Meet Emmett Soldati, golden boy of Somersworth, entrepreneur, recent graduate of the London School of Economics, and son of a well-known Portsmouth lawyer.  He has been central to the subtle identity shift the town of Somersworth has undergone in the last few years. “I grew up in the historic district, known as The Hill,” Soldati says, “and the people that I grew up with, I am still best friends with.”

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NH News
2:53 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

County Judge Sides With Strawbery Banke Ice Rink

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A Rockingham County judge has upheld a local zoning board’s decision to allow the Strawbery Banke Museum to build an ice skating rink in Portsmouth.  

The judge dismissed an appeal filed by sixteen of the museum’s neighbors, who argued the rink would create noise, light and traffic in their neighborhood. 

Jeff Keefe is a volunteer who dreamed up the ice rink idea and is leading the project. He says he expects to clear the remaining hurdles:

So currently we’re in the site review process with the city of Portsmouth, so really just ironing out the details.  

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NH News
5:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Portsmouth Fish Plant Ensnared In Farm Bill's Catfish Quagmire

Women moniter fish for quality along the assembly line.
Emily Corwin NHPR

Congress is poised to vote on what is always a contentious matter -- a new farm bill.   With just a few outstanding issues, lawmakers are honing in on an amendment that has to do with catfish.  It’s an issue that cuts across regional, rather than partisan lines. And on the New Hampshire Seacoast, it hits close to home. 

Fish For A Tight Budget

Local fishermen aren’t the only ones who make their livelihood selling fish along the Seacoast.   Here at the High Liner Foods in Portsmouth, 65 million pounds of frozen fish leave the assembly line each year.

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NH News
1:32 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Portsmouth Celebrates The Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr.

Senator Shaheen
Emily Corwin NHPR

  Prominent New Hampshire politicians joined celebrants in Portsmouth this morning to recognize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter, State Senators David Watters, Martha Fuller-Clark, and members of Portsmouth's City Counsel joined in celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. this morning. Before a room crowded with black and white faces, Senator Shaheen recalled her upbringing in southern Missouri:

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NH News
4:34 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

N.H. STEM Jobs Not Bound By Industry

Credit New Hampshire Employment Security

   Business leaders have long argued that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – or STEM – jobs are an essential – and growing – part of the state’s economy.  Today New Hampshire Employment Security released a series of charts showing how those STEM jobs are distributed across various industries.

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NH News
5:30 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Background Check 'Compromise' Draws Fire From All Sides

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  In the wake of the Newtown shootings, policy makers in New Hampshire and around the country asked themselves if there are policies that need changing. And one area where compromise seemed plausible was improving mental health reporting in background checks.

That was the subject of a bill before a state Senate committee today.

However, the proposal ultimately united groups --- ranging from the Second Amendment Sisters to the Disabilities Rights Center -- in opposition.

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NH News
5:37 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

N.H.'s New Beer Map Points Tourists To Thirty-Three Breweries

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  Governor Maggie Hassan visited Smuttynose Brewery’s new facility in Hampton today to reveal the state’s new effort to boost culinary tourism.  

The state’s Office of Travel and Tourism joined forces with a local industry group to produce a map of New Hampshire’s 33 breweries.  They are hoping the map, along with the industry-sponsored website NHBEER.org, will encourage a new kind of food tourism in the state.

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NH News
5:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Increasing Fees Could Ease Parking Problems

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Portsmouth planners say in the next six years, the city will need at least 650 more parking spaces But last year, a new parking lot championed by the then-mayor failed to gather support among city councilors. The future of parking in the city became a divisive issue in last November’s council election.

On Monday, the newly elected council took the oath of office.  It's likely this month they will begin trying to reach agreement once again on whether a new parking garage downtown will help or harm the future of Portsmouth.


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NH News
9:34 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Shaheen Discusses Federal Heating Aid In Dover

Senator Jeanne Shaheen visited Dover on Monday to push for more federal heating assistance and weatherization funding.   The fight for more cash for the federal low income home energy assistance program is a winter ritual for state’s congressional delegation.

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The Exchange
12:14 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

N.H. Roads: How Did We Get Here?

New Hampshire is in one of the most costly parts of the country for winter road maintenance. Plowing costs often eat at paving budgets.
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As discussed on The Exchange this morning, the state legislature is gearing up once again for a debate about raising the gas tax. One big issue behind the debate is the deteriorating state of New Hampshire's roads.

Here is a look back at some reporting on the issue by Emily Corwin last spring, including this video explainer, and below, five reasons our roads are deteriorating.

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NH News
9:44 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Seacoast Gets Heavy Snow And Winds, But Spared Flooding

Credit Dan Gorenstein / NHPR

  The New Hampshire Seacoast has accumulated about a foot of snow since yesterday morning, and heavy winds have created snow drifts between houses and roads. 

Plow operator Jim Russo is gripping his first coffee of the morning, and has a weary look about him.  He’s been clearing driveways and parking lots since 5 p.m. last night.  

When we get more than a foot of snow such as this… about every 5 inches of snow I go and make a pass through everybody, and so it’s been quite a storm, I’m doing everyone three times this time.  

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NH News
1:46 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren To Throw Fundraising Weight Behind Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is putting her fundraising weight behind fellow Democrat, New Hampshire’s Senator Jeanne Shaheen. 

On New Years Eve, Warren’s campaign announced her political action committee had raised nearly a half-million-dollars, and intended to use PAC funds to help Democratic Senators win reelection. 

Beside Shaheen, Warren said she’ll send money to Democratic Senaors Al Franken of Minnesota, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.