About Me

Howdy.  I’m Emily Schwing, a multimedia investigative reporter.  I cover news, both random and meaningful, but always of high quality, across the Northwest, from the Idaho Panhandle, through British Columbia and northward across Alaska. I’ve also been known to venture further abroad for stories – in both Far East Russia and Western Europe.

If you spend some time on the internet looking around for my work, you’ll find award winning stories about spear fishing in Alaska and a recycling focused mascot that riles the crowds at Spokane Indians baseball games. I’ve covered far-flung music festivals in towns few can name.  Between 2011 and 2016, I turned myself into something of a “mushing correspondent,” covering the Alaska’s most fascinating sport and the world’s toughest sled dog races: the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. I also covered the Kobuk 440 from the ground. I also wielded my phone, shotgun microphone and camera in the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s assembly chambers between 2011 and 2015. I’ve covered countless local, state and federal elections.

Most recently, Ive been engaged in a two year long deep dive into clergy sexual abuse an an effort on the part of the Jesuit order to keep rampant abuse of Alaska Native and American Indian children quiet for decades.

In 2016, I became the Inland Northwest Correspondent for the public radio Northwest News Network. While at N3, I climbed the hundreds of feet into the pod of a repurposed shipping crane to watch the driver move logs around the yard of one of eastern Washington’s few remaining sawmills. Over the course of two years, I also followed closely an American Indian man’s fight  to reinstate his tribe’s existence in Canada. I’ve covered the derailment of a train hauling highly volatile crude oil from Alberta through Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge.  I’ve also covered a lawsuit filed against a coal company and a railroad that doesn’t cover its rail cars as it hauls hundreds of thousands of pounds of cola from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin to Washington state’s west coast.

I’ve also worked as the Morning Edition Host and Reporter at Boise State Public Radio in Idaho.  In Alaska, I have worked with the Alaska Public Radio Network, KNOM in Nome, KCAW in Sitka,  KFSK in Petersburg, KUCB in Dutch Harbor, and KBBI in Homer. I’ve also produced work for KDNK in Carbondale, Colorado, KUER in Salt Lake City, Utah and KRLX in Northfield, Minnesota.

My radio work has been heard on National Public Radio, American Public Media, the CBC, BBC and Deutsche Welle Radio. My work has also been published in the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Arctic Deeply, Mushing Magazine and on fasterskier.com I I’ve also produced work for KDNK in Carbondale, Colorado, KUER in Salt Lake City, Utah and KRLX in Northfield, Minnesota.

In my free time, I love to run with, show off and otherwise chat up the incredible achievements of my canine sidekick, Ghost and her twin brother Goblin. I weathered the 2008 recession by attending graduate school in the Schools of Arctic Biology and of Natural Resources Management at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. I have an undergraduate degree in soft-rock Geology and Environmental Studies from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Still have questions?  I have answers: emilyschwing@gmail.com or on twitter @emilyschwing


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