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
1:15 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Former GOP Senator Judd Gregg Says: Ignore Republicans

Gregg, appearing on NHPR's The Exchange in 2012
Credit NHPR Staff

  In an opinion column on The Hill, former Senator Judd Gregg says Americans should ignore the "self promotional babble of a few" that has become the Republican Party. 

"You can not in politics take a hostage you can not shoot," Gregg writes, referring to the GOP's threats to defund Obamacare or else default on the debt ceiling.  

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NH News
6:56 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Cyclists' Deaths Spur Tensions On Seacoast

Credit By Porro, Creative Commons, Flickr

  Drivers and cyclists aren’t always happy to share the road. After two cyclists died in a fatal car accident on Saturday morning in Hampton, tensions between those on two wheels and four -- have heated up. 

When Krystle Crossman, who lives in Manchester, first saw that two cyclists had died after being struck by a car in Hampton, her instinct was to blame them. She says "because when there are in large groups like that because of roadraces and such, they tend to go four or five abreast, instead of one or two."  

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NH News
12:32 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

NHDOT's Sunflower Fluke Explained

At the DOT's request, NHPR did not pull over to take photos of the sunflowers growing in highway medians. This photo was made available on Flickr's Creative Commons license.
Credit Diego Sevilla Ruiz

  A fluke at the state’s Department of Transportation has been catching the eyes of commuters in New Hampshire. 

The DOT’s public information officer Bill Boynton is used to getting complaints from drivers about potholes and congestion.  So, he says it was nice when drivers started calling in praising the sunflower beds, which were blooming on highway medians.  But, he says, ”the more we looked into it the more we realized it wasn’t part of any plan.”

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NH News
4:48 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Audio Snapshot: Veterans Vie For Jobs At Portsmouth Hiring Fair

Jason Therrien speaks with Richard Lempke of Body Armor Outlet/Granite State Police Supply.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  About 100 veterans from the Marines, the National Guard and elsewhere arrived at a job fair in Portsmouth Tuesday morning, resumes in hand.  There, they met with recruiters from WalMart to the Federal Prison system.   Between an employment workshop and a presentation by Governor Maggie Hassan, recruiters and vets together recited the Pledge of Allegience.   Hiring Our Heroes is a project of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

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Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Did Your Computer Connect To The Internet Today? Thank A UNH Student

UNH Alumns Dave Andrews and Ben Major at the InterOperability Lab
Credit Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services

 Almost 9 percent of Americans who graduated from college this year will be unemployed.  Eighteen percent will be underemployed. And, according to the Economic Policy Institute, more than half of those who do get jobs will be in positions that don’t require a college degree.  But at the University of New Hampshire, 120 college students know for certain they’ll be getting good, high paying jobs --  before they even graduate.  

Picture your computer workstation.  Maybe you’ve got a Logitech keyboard and an Acer monitor, plugged into a Lenovo laptop – which is hooked up to the internet through a Motorola router and a Netgear modem.

Who is making sure all those devices actually work together?

Turns out it is students at the University of New Hampshire, like Nathanael Rubin and Glenn Martin. The two seniors, both IT majors, are seated  between tall racks of humming servers at the University’s InterOperability Lab, or IOL.  

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NH News
8:56 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Portsmouth Passes New Building Height Limits

The Portsmouth City Council voted Monday night to limit building heights downtown.  After months of impassioned discussion, the vote on this controversial ordinance passed with no discussion at all.

From now on, all buildings in downtown Portsmouth must  be under 45 feet tall.

Eric Spear, who is Mayor of Portsmouth and sits on the Council, says there are ways develpers can get exemptions.  Those include providing underground parking, and creating publically accessible open space. 

NH News
7:10 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

UNH's Cowell Stadium To Get Lights, New Seating

Cowell Stadium at the University of New Hampshire
Credit University of New Hampshire Athletic Department

By this time next year, The University of New Hampshire’s Cowell Stadium will likely have lights  for evening games, for the first time in the stadium’s history. 

The last state budget included $1.5 million dollars for the stadium's renovation.  Most of those funds will go toward adding lights. The rest will be spent replacing seating that no longer meets fire codes.   

Marty Scarano is the Director of Athletics at UNH. He says " right now Cowell Stadium, I would say, is an absolutely atrocious representation of the University."

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NH News
7:07 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

N.H. Joins Federal Lawsuit Fighting Increased Groundfishing Limits

On Monday, New Hampshire joined a lawsuit filed in May by Massachusetts to block new regulations on groundfishing. 

By “groundfish” we’re talking haddock, cod, and flounder, three fish that are essential to the region’s fishing industry.

In April, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce reduced catch limits for these species by 77 percent, not long after declaring the Northeast fisheries a federal disaster.

According to the Commerce Department, the New England Seacoast’s fish stocks were declining for reasons unknown.   

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NH News
11:16 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Growing Pains: Financing N.H.'s Farm Renaissance

Belted Galloways at Von Dohrmann's Otokahe Farm in Jefferson, N.H.
Harriet Alexander

Increasing demand for local food has led farmers to seek capital: funds with which to start or grow their businesses.   In most industries, an increase in demand from consumers spells profits, so banks and other lenders will pull out their checkbooks.  But farming is a little different.  In New England, farmers aren’t actually likely to make much money.  This isn’t new: farmers have always relied on farm credit co-ops and the federal government for loans to grow their businesses.

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NH News
4:07 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Maine Towns Suspend Evening Athletics Due To Mosquito Risks

Public schools in York and other towns in Southern Maine have suspended evening athletics, after Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or "triple E" was detected -- along with West Nile Virus --  in mosquito pools in York, and throughout Southeastern New Hampshire. 

Beth Daly is Chief of Infectious Disease Surveillance at the New Hampshire Department for Health and Human Services.  She says New Hampshire’s Department sets a higher bar before advising against outdoor activity:

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NH News
10:44 am
Tue September 10, 2013

UNH Names First Thomas W. Haas Professor of Sustainable Food Systems

Joane Burke, currently an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of New Hampshire, has been named the first Thomas W. Haas Professor of Sustainable Food Systems.  The position is funded by a gift from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.  

Burke says she’s already been working hard to help create a regional sustainability plan, with the organization Food Solutions New England. But with the $1 million dollar gift to the University from Thomas Haas and the Charitable Foundation, Burke says she’ll be able to put more time and energy into sustainability.

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NH News
4:17 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Federal Transportation Grant To Revamp Northcoast Railroad

Federal Rail Administrator Joseph Szabo spoke in Rollinsford, N.H. on Friday.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $1.4 million grant to improve New Hampshire’s Northcoast Rail Corridor on Friday.  

Now, we’re talking freight, not passenger rail, but Federal Rail Administrator Joseph Szabo says the grant will affect ordinary people, too:

It removes trucks from highways, which not only removes congestion and increases safety, it reduces maintenance costs on those roads.

Szabo says this is one of 52 projects nationwide funded by the US DOT to stimulate economic recovery.

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NH News
5:47 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Portsmouth Celebrates Peace Treaty Day

The Russian delegation at Wentworth-by-the-Sea with Vitte and Baron Rosen seated.
Credit Thanks to J. Dennis Robinson / SeacoastNH.com

One-hundred and eight years ago Thursday,  Russian and Japanese delegates came together in Portsmouth to sign a treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War. 

Thursday afternoon in downtown Portsmouth, local lawyer and historian Chuck Doleac led a ceremony celebrating the treaty’s anniversary.  He told a small crowd that Portsmouth residents helped make the treaty a reality by extending social invitations to the two delegations as they considered giving up negotiations. 

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The Salt
3:05 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Small Farmers In New England Fear New Food Safety Rules

Joe Buley owns Screamin' Ridge Farm in Montpelier, Vt. He says the FDA's new food safety rules threaten the viability of small New England farm operations like his. Here, Buley harvests cucumbers.
Emily Corwin

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 6:42 am

Back in January, the Food and Drug Administration issued two proposed food safety rules to prevent tainted food from entering the food supply.

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NH News
5:18 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Across The River, Vermont Puts Its Money On Local Food

Farmer Joe Buley waters spinach plants in his greenhouse.
Credit Emily Corwin

  When it comes to farming, which side of the Connecticut River you’re on makes a big difference when it comes to what kind of state resources you can access.  Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture receives almost three times as much funding from the state as New Hampshire’s Department.

This story is part of NHPR's series on New Hampshire's Local Food Economy. 

Screamin’ Ridge Farm

On his farm in Montpelier, Vermont, Joe Buley washes cucumbers by hand. “These'll all get turned into gazpacho, or chilled cucumber dill soup,” he says, hosing them down.

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