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


Life in Alaska
6:25 am
Fri September 19, 2014

52nd Annual Equinox Marathon Starts Saturday

The 52nd annual Equinox Marathon gets underway in Fairbanks early Saturday morning. KUAC’s Emily Schwing has more.

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KUAC Newscasts
10:14 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Newscast: Thursday 9/18/14

6:13 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Alaska's Mountain Glaciers are Changing Faster Than Scientists Thought

A DHC-3 Otter aircraft flown for NASA Operation IceBridge-Alaska surveys flies over Bering Glacier, Alaska with a scanning laser that measures how much ice has been lost since previous overflights. Based on these measurements, Bering Glacier is shrinking at a rate typical of Alaska glaciers and alone is losing over 3 cubic kilometers of ice to the oceans annually.
Credit Chris Larsen/University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK - Alaska’s glaciers are shrinking faster than scientists had thought, but glaciers that terminate in the ocean may be relatively resilient to climate change in comparison to their land-locked counterparts.  The data comes from a multi-year airborne survey conducted by NASA.

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KUAC Newscasts
10:56 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Newscast: Wednesday 9/17/14

10:28 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Red Fox Expansion Causing Problems On North Slope

As the winter approaches, many animals are migrating south, but there’s one sly creature that scientists say in recent years has started to remain in the high Arctic in the winter. Red foxes have not only expanded their habitat into the far north, the charismatic, bushy tailed mammal is out-competing the native Arctic fox and causing problems at oil field dumpsters in Prudhoe Bay.

Wildlife Biologist Garrett Savory says the red fox is indeed wily, curious and sly.  

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Yukon Quest
7:44 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Champion Distance Musher Jeff King Plans a Return to the Yukon Quest

Jeff King won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race in 1989.
Credit Yukon Quest Archive

  Fairbanks, AK - Champion distance musher Jeff King of Denali plans to return to the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race next February.  It’s been a quarter century since he’s run that race.  in 2015, he’ll face a three-time defending champion, a rule change regarding rest times and mandatory stops and number of young, upcoming mushers. 

It’s been 25 year’s since Jeff King has driven a dog team on the 1000 mile trail between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. King announced via Facebook he plans to make a comeback in February. 


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Crime & Justice
2:13 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Fairbanks Schools Secured Following Unrelated Incidents

Fairbanks, AK - A handful of Fairbanks schools have been on high security alert in the last two days due to two separate incidents. 

An armed standoff early Tuesday disrupted the morning commute for residents of west Fairbanks.  The incident also rerouted more than 20 school buses. Karen Gaborik is the School District Interim Superintendent.  She says at least 140 kids were late to morning classes. “That’s a fair number of students coming late to school," she says. "We also had staff who got stuck in traffic as well.”

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10:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

National Park Service Proposes Permanent Ban on Predator Hunting Practices in Alaska's Preserves

The National Park Service wants to permanently prohibit some predator sport hunting practices in all ten of Alaska's national preserves.
Credit National Park Service / National Park Service

Fairbanks, AK -  The National Park Service published a proposal in the national register last week that would permanently prohibit some sport hunting practices in Alaska’s ten national preserves.  The Park Service has sparred with the state for years over hunting in National Preserves.

The National Park Service wants to permanently prohibit three predator hunting practices in all 10 of Alaska’s national preserves. John Quinley is the spokesperson for the National Park Service in Alaska. He says those practices were historically illegal in the state until recently.

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6:01 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Canadian Biologist Says Few Management Options Are Left Despite High Chinook Escapement This Year

Fairbanks, AK - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports this summer’s run of Chinook salmon on the Yukon River is complete, but across the border, the fish are still swimming upstream, headed for their spawning grounds.  Canadian management strategies are also aimed at conserving a dwindling king salmon population.

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11:14 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

New to AK Politics, Murakami to Run Against Long-Time Republican, Former Fairbanks Mayor Thompson

Fairbanks, AK - Democrat Larry Murakami  won Tuesday night’s primary election against Uriah  Nalikak  for a spot on the ballot for House District 2 in East Fairbanks.  Murikami is a rookie to Alaska politics, but he says he’s not nervous about continuing the campaign season into November. “I know I’m new, but I also think to some degree, that’s an advantage," he says.  "There are definitely some people that are ok with somebody who is absolutely not a career politician.”

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