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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Yukon Quest
10:53 am
Mon February 23, 2015

2015 Yukon Quest Mushers Celebrate at Awards Banquet

Fairbanks, AK - Mushers, fans and member of the race organization gathered for the 2015 Yukon Quest awards banquet Saturday Night. It was a night to share stories, reflect on this year’s race and recognize exemplary performance.

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Yukon Quest
9:33 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Three Teams Round Out Top Five With Different Experiences

Fairbanks, AK - Three Yukon Quest sled dog teams crossed the finish line over night. But the three mushers have very different feelings about how the race played out for them this year.

When Ed Hopkins arrived for the start of this year’s Yukon Quest, the quiet, easy going Canadian knew he had a competitive dog team. “I’m going to try and giver her,” he smiled. “ ’m just ready for it. I’ve been ready to go a longtime ago.”

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Yukon Quest
9:49 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Brent Sass Wins 2015 Yukon Quest

Fairbanks, AK - The bells of the historic Immaculate Conception Cathedral in downtown Fairbanks rang in honor of legendary musher George Attla who died this week as Eureka musher Brent Sass cruised across the finish line to win this year’s Yukon Quest. As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, Sass has been trying to win the Quest for years.  This year, he gave up a ten hour lead to two-time defending champion Allen Moore, who refused to give up easily. 

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Yukon Quest
12:09 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Is there a race for the red lantern at the back of the pack?

Kristin Knight-Pace's team gets ready to depart the Eagle checkpoint just ahead of Lance Mackey.
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

  Eagle, AK - There are fewer miles between the top two mushers and the Yukon Quest finish line in Fairbanks than there are between the leaders and the current red lantern team. A few mushers at the back of the pack have become travel companions and there just may be a race for the red lantern brewing.

There’s no question that Kristin Knight-Pace’s sled is huge. “My sled bag is pretty small,” she said. “It’s something I learned a little too late and also all the zippers are broken so it’s being held together with tug lines.”

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Yukon Quest
5:09 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Moore claims lead in the Yukon Quest as top two head for Two Rivers

Brent Sass arrived at the Mile 101 checkpoint in first place, but he left 20 minutes behind Allen Moore.
Pat Kane Yukon Quest

Mile 101, Steese Hwy, AK - The race for the finish line is on after Brent Sass gave up a 10-hour lead Sunday on Allen Moore’s dog team. The top two Yukon Quest mushers will layover for a mandatory eight hours after they arrive in Two Rivers, the last checkpoint on the trail.

It was early morning when Allen Moore met up with a Yukon Quest trailbreaker as he drove his team down the meandering trail on Birch Creek. “I met him head-on when I was running his morning and he said Brent had a bit of a problem and I would probably catch him because he was till walking,” said Moore.

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Yukon Quest
10:29 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Two top ten teams are out after hard day on the trail

Cody Strathe decided to turn his team around and return to Eagle after struggling with his team for 30 miles.
Credit Pat Kane / Yukon Quest

Eagle, AK - It was a day of attrition on the Yukon Quest trail Saturday as mushers left the eagle checkpoint and headed for Circle. Two experienced teams unexpectedly returned to Eagle to scratch from the race.

  When Cody Strathe left Eagle early in the morning, his dog team seemed happy to make their way down the trail. But Strathe said he knew better. “The last few days, the dogs have been giving me signs that they had issues,” he said, “but in my head, I keep saying ‘Oh we’re good, if we can get through this, we can just keep going’ and you can only do that so many times.”

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Yukon Quest
4:05 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Ulsom, Hopkins vie for top five spots

Joar Ulsom arrives with his dog team in Eagle, the first checkpoint on the Alaska side of the trail.
Credit Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

  Two teams have been vying for spots in the top five since they left Dawson City, but things change quickly on the Yukon Quest trail. One of those teams is struggling, while the other is carefully picking its way down the trail.

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Yukon Quest
11:08 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Some Yukon Quest teams are surprised to find themselves among the top ten

Mike Ellis runs the fastest Siberian huskies in the world. These thick-coated,tough dogs are fast,but they don't have the kind of speed Alaska Huskies have, so Ellis is pleased to find himself running among the top ten teams
Credit Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

  Dawson City, YK - There are three Yukon Quest teams currently running among the top ten that did not plan on racing with the front-runners when they left Whitehorse. In fact,  none them were able to complete the race last year, so they returned simply to finish what they started.

When Mike Ellis arrived in Dawson City, he had no idea what his place was. “At the beginning of the race, I said I thought I’d be lucky to be even in the top 15 with the field and the names that this race had,” he said.

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Yukon Quest
5:47 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Sass widens lead and Moore looks to take advantage of early rest

Eagle hosts its checkpoint at the old school house in town
Credit Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

  Eagle, AK  - The first two Yukon Quest dogs teams had smooth runs up and over American Summit and arrived safely in Eagle, the sixth checkpoint on the trail. In the process, Brent Sass gained time on rival Allen Moore, but there are still 400 miles of trail ahead and teams have to climb two more major summits.

This is the first time since 2011 that the Yukon Quest trail has followed the traditional route over American Summit. That year, Sass arrived in the checkpoint to relay a story about a dramatic rescue involving four-time champion Hans Gatt. 

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Yukon Quest
9:13 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Cold forced King to Scratch out of concern for dogs

Yukon Quest and Iditarod champion Jeff King decided to pull out of his eighth Quest for the good of his dogs. He says he could have finished, but he wouldn't have enjoyed it and his dogs wouldn't have fared well.
Credit Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

  Dawson City, YK - Jeff King won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race back in 1989.  He is also well-known on the Iditarod trail, having won Alaska’s other 1000 mile sled dog race four times.  This year, he returned to the Quest, but decided to scratch from the race after only 300 miles.

This year, Jeff King signed up for both of Alaska’s 1000-mile sled dog races.  Over the year’s he says he’s seen other dog teams improve after their first 1000-miler.  “This one wasn’t going to make them stronger, this one was going to need recovery,” he said.

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