public radio reporter in interior Alaska covering mushing, Arctic science and happenings in the Far North

About Me

Howdy.  I’m Emily Schwing, a public radio producer.  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 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 in 2016. When I wasn’t recording howling dogs with a microphone or a camera, you could have found me in the Borough Assembly chambers in Fairbanks, covering debates about the municipal budget.

In 2016, I became the Inland Northwest Correspondent for the public radio Northwest News Network. Since then, I’ve 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 have followed closely the efforts of one Native American man who is fighting to reinstate his tribe’s existence in Canada. A couple of weeks after I started this gig, I was rushing to Mosier, Oregon where a train carrying highly volatile crude oil from Alberta derailed alongside the Columbia River.

I’ve also worked as the Morning Edition Host and Reporter at Boise State Public Radio in Idaho.  In Alaska, I have also 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 filed stories for Mushing Magazine, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera America, American Public Media, Monitor Radio, the CBC, News Deeply, the BBC and Deutsche Welle.  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. While I waited out the 2008 recession, I attended graduate school in the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. I studied soft-rock Geology and Environmental Studies at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

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

… and yes, I did catch that halibut … in the summer of 2006!


One response

  1. Sui Kings

    Hi Emily,
    I, m sitting here in Whitehorse and miss you all. Have fun tonight at the Finisher Bunquet !!

    Greetings Sui

    February 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm

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