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
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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NH News
9:51 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Manufacturers File Suit Against State For New Auto Dealer Protection Law

The equipment manufacturer John Deere & Company filed a lawsuit this week with two other equipment manufacturers, challenging a New Hampshire law set to go into effect September 1st.

Growing Pains
11:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Growing Pains: New Hampshire Farms Fight For Viability

Heron Pond Farm sells produce and other goods at their farm stand in Kensington, N.H.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

With almost 60 farmers markets across the state, demand for local food is growing.  But local farmers still struggle to make a profit growing local food. In fact, about three quarters of all farms in New Hampshire gross less than $10,000 from sales each year. Seacoast Reporter Emily Corwin takes an in-depth look at New Hampshire's agriculture community in her five-part series, Growing Pains.

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NH News
5:42 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Portsmouth Marches To African American Burial Ground

Exeter Academy's Reverend Robert Thompson speaks to a crowd in Portsmouth on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR


The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington on Wednesday.  As church bells rang out across Portsmouth and the nation, a parade made its way to the city's African Burial Ground.  The Leftist Marching Band and singer Sharon Jones serenaded a small crowd, followed by a recitation of MLK's famous speech by Kelvin Edwards, and words from Exeter Academy's Reverend Robert Thompson. 

Hear the audio postcard: 

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Arts & Culture
5:42 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Children's Museum Hosts Mini Maker Faire

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire is hosting their first annual Maker Faire on Saturday in Dover. 

Maker Faires are popping up all over the world: from Nigeria to Abu Dabi to San Francisco and now, Dover, NH.  That's thanks to Make, the Do-It-Yourself magazine and banner of the DIY movement.

Heidi Duncanson of the Children’s Museum says this fair features adults and teens who make just about anything: from rockets to robots, to earrings:

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All Things Considered
5:12 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

New England Farmers Worried About Proposed Federal Food Safety Rules

Representatives from the US Food and Drug Administration are traveling around the country this summer speaking with farmers about the Food Safety Modernization Act – which is the biggest reform of food safety laws the country has seen in more than 70 years. 

The FDA held a public hearing on their proposed rules at Dartmouth College.  The farmers we met there are very concerned about the consequences the proposed rules could have on New England agriculture. 


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10:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Olympic Medalists Compete At Hampton Falls Show Jumping Tournament

1996 Olympian Peter Leon
Emily Corwin NHPR

Olympic level horses and their riders are descending on Hampton Falls this weekend for the Silver Oak show jumping tournament.  9,000 spectators are predicted for the event, which began Wednesday and culminates in a Grand Prix competition on Sunday. 

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NH News
10:49 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

130 Get Dinner And A Movie In Downtown Dover

Jaws played at Dover's Dinner and a Movie at Cocheco Mill Courtyard
Credit Emily Corwin

About 130 people gathered in Dover's outdoor Cocheco Mill Courtyard Tuesday night for dinner and a movie, organized by Community Events of Nashua.

A crowd is seated on white folding chairs, nibbling on macadamia-encrusted Ahi, among other things on a menu from nearby restaurant Blue Latitudes.  They await this evening's entertainment: Jaws.

Chris Smith is here with his two sons. He says he's looking forward to going back in time.

I saw Jaws when it first came out, yeah, it's very unforgettable.

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NH News
1:13 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kevin Smith Will Be Londonderry's Next Town Manager

Londonderry town officials announced Thursday evening that former Gubernatorial candidate, Kevin Smith, will be their new town manager. 

Last September, the bright-eyed young candidate for Governor lost the Republican Primary to Ovide Lamontagne.  He had 30 percent of the vote.  But, Kevin Smith says, he’s done with politics – for now.  

If I have plans to run for anything I don’t see it in the foreseeable future. I’m still a relatively young guy at 35, but at least in the near term I don’t have any plans for office.

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NH News
4:23 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

ATVs On N. Country Highways Just In Time For Jericho ATV Festival

Businesses in the North Country are hoping new ATV access on North Country highways will bring tourist dollars to Berlin.

Earlier this week Governor Hassan announced Rt. 2 and Rt. 16 in the Gorham area are open for access by ATVs. That was just in time for Berlin’s annual ATV Festival at Jericho Mountain State Park.

For the first time this year, the festival will include a block party on Berlin’s Main St. Pam Sullivan, who works for the festival, says now people can ride their ATVs between the park and Main St. Berlin:

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NH News
12:58 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Growing Pains: Why Three New N.H. Slaughterhouses Won't Fix The Slaughterhouse Shortage

Ray Conner at Evandale Farm, with goats. Conner is hopeful the state's new slaughterhouses will help her expand her business.
Emily Corwin NHPR

  According to the USDA, Americans are producing and eating more locally-raised food every year.  But the market for local meat has trailed behind the market for local produce.  Until recently, reasoning has been that there’s a shortage of local slaughterhouses. But as three slaughterhouses open their doors in NH this year, industry-wide studies show that more slaughterhouses may not be the answer, after all. 

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NH News
5:42 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Shaheen Discusses Military Sexual Assault Laws With Civilian Experts And Military Personnel

Senator Jeanne Shaheen received suggestions from civilian experts at UNH on best practices for addressing sexual violence in the military.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen came to UNH on Monday to ask University researchers and local law enforcement what the US Armed Forces Committee can learn about sexual assault from the civilian community. She says she’s hoping the information will help inform her colleagues as they shape sexual assault policies in the 2014 Military Defense Authorization Act.

I think we will get a good bill past.

But, Shaheen says, the question is whether the committee will require that sex crimes be investigated by non-military prosecutors. 

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