Emily Schwing

FM News Reporter

Emily Schwing started stuffing envelopes for KUER FM90 in Salt Lake City.  It was meant to be volunteer position, but it turned into a multi-year summer internship.  After developing her own radio show for Carleton College's KRLX, Emily was hooked.  She moved on to an internship with 'Radio Expeditions' at National Public Radio in Washington, DC in 2006.  She’s also worked for Deutsche Welle Radio in Bonn, Germany.  Emily has also filed stories for NPR, APM, CBC, Monocle Radio and National Native News.   Emily grew up between Denver, CO, Pittsburgh, PA and Salt Lake City, UT.  She's lived in Homer, Sitka and Petersburg but now calls Fairbanks home. She earned her BA in Geology and Environmental Studies from Carleton College in Minnesota, and is completing her MS in Natural Resources Management at UAF. In the winter, Emily is KUAC's "Mushing Correspondent," following all 1000 miles of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race

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KUAC Newscasts
10:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Newscast: Tuesday 4/15/14

Science
6:27 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Museum Experts Sift Through the Arctic's Largest Butterfly Collection

Arctic blues are perfectly lined out in one of the drawers Kenelm Philip put together
Emily Schwing KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - It will be a few months before butterflies flit through the air in Interior Alaska, but the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was recently filled with them.  The museum is working to catalogue the second-largest collection of Arctic butterflies and moths in the world. It’s the largest private collection of its kind.  Eventually most of the specimens will be passed on to the Smithsonian.

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Science
6:42 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Climate Change Could Mean More Geese, Better Goose Food in the Arctic

Black Brant geese congregate to molt their flight feathers in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area of the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska. The geese have shifted their distribution to take advantage of recently formed habitat in estuarine areas along the Arctic Coastal Plain. (courtesy of Paul Flint)
Credit Tyler Lewis / USGS

Fairbanks, AK - The first two Canada geese arrived at Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge Friday, according the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  For birders across the interior the charismatic birds are a sure sign of the oncoming spring.  More of the birds will start to land on the field as the weather warms.  A recent study finds that climate change in the Far North is improving goose habitat, but that doesn’t mean the field will be overrun.

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Science
6:54 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Study: Forecasts for Summer Arctic Sea Ice Lack Reliability

Fairbanks, AK - Year-to-year forecasts of summer Arctic Sea Ice extent aren’t reliable.  That’s according to a report out from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. But A two-day workshop that starts Tuesday in Colorado will focus on ways to improve sea ice extent predictions.

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Sports
10:45 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Fifth Annual White Mountains 100 Starts Sunday

Skiers, cyclists, runners and walkers will tackle variable terrain during the White Mountains 100 endurance race. The event starts Sunday in the White Mountains National Recreation Area.
Credit White Mounatins 100

Fairbanks, AK - A 100 mile endurance race gets underway in the White Mountains National Recreation area north of Fairbanks Sunday.  The White Mountains 100 is in its fifth year.  Race Director Ed Plumb says like many of the ultra-distance ski, bike and foot races in the state this year, it’s likely to be a fast race.
“The potential is definitely there to break the record from previous years,” says Plumb.

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KUAC Newscasts
9:22 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Newscast: Friday 3/21/14

Iditarod
9:03 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Iditarod 42 Most Certainly One of the Toughest

Martin Buser had an emotional Iditarod 42 finish
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Nome, AK - This year’s Iditarod is not only record-breaking, it may have broken some mushers as well. The 42 annual race will not soon be forgotten.  It’s being called on of the toughest in the race’s history.

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Breaking
2:52 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

In War of Attrition, Dallas Seavey Claims the Top Spot in Iditarod 42

Nome, AK - The 42nd Annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will go down as one of the toughest in history.  this year’s winner crossed the finish line in Nome in record time but only after heavy winds took out the presumed winner.

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Iditarod
8:06 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

King, Zirkle are First Mushers In and Out of White Mountain

White Mountain, AK - The first few Iditarod teams are into White Mountain.  They will rest for a mandatory eight hours before the move on through Safety and into Nome where they will cross the finish line.

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Iditarod
3:49 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Uneven, Icy, Snow-Free Trail Challenges Iditarod Teams on Thier Way to Koyuk

Under the blaring sun, Aliy Zirkle tries to steer her team into Koyuk on an extremely icy road.
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Koyuk, AK - Mushers were met with an unforgiving trail as they pushed up the coast from Unalakleet to Koyuk, Sunday.  They battled wind, miles of glare ice and more snow free trail.  As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, they’re also battling extreme fatigue and grappling with how best to cut rest and maintain speed as they close in on Nome.

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