Emily Corwin

Investigative Reporter and Editor

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Emily Corwin reports and edits investigative stories for VPR. In 2018, she managed and edited the VPR podcast JOLTED. Corwin arrived in Vermont by way of New Hampshire Public Radio. There, she covered criminal justice issues, water contamination and the New Hampshire primary, among other things.  When she's not working, she enjoys cross country skiing and biking. 

Email: ecorwin(at)vpr(dot)net

Twitter: @emilycorwin

A sign for PeakCM construction with an illustration of a proposed AnC bio building.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

A federal grand jury has filed criminal charges against former Jay Peak developers Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger and two other men, more three years after regulators unmasked their "Ponzi-like" investment scheme.

Even a generic, blank form is considered confidential by Vermont’s Agency of Human Services.

When VPR requested a blank “Critical Incident Review Form” from the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, or DAIL earlier this month, we received the blank form — redacted.   

A Milton man who has been a foster parent in Vermont for 25 years was arraigned Tuesday on charges including sexual assault of a child, police said.

Maurice L. Harris / The Episcopal Church in Vermont

The Episcopal Church in Vermont has elected its next bishop. 

Shannon MacVean-Brown is the first African American to be elected bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont. She will be one of three African American women to hold that title in New England's seven Episcopal diocese.

Denise Stubbs of the Vermont Hemp Nursery stands among some plants at the Cannabis and Hemp Convention.
Emily Corwin / VPR

The Vermont Cannabis and Hemp Convention opened at the Champlain Valley Expo this weekend. The recreational use of marijuana has been legal in the state for almost a year. And this year's convention doubled in size from 63 vendors last year, to 130 this weekend.  Many at the convention said that growth mimics the growth of the industry at large. 

A room in the Miller building at UVM Medical Center, with a bed and a dummy patient laying in it.
Emily Corwin / VPR

The University of Vermont Medical Center unveiled its new Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building to reporters on Friday. The building has 128 rooms, serving specialty surgery, cardiology, oncology and orthopedic patients.

Allen Douglas

Amanda Pelkey is one of 200 professional hockey players protesting inadequate compensation by refusing to play in any pro leagues in North America this season.

Two men have filed federal lawsuits against Burlington police, alleging they were subjected to unprovoked, excessive force and knocked unconscious during separate incidents in September 2018.

Jeremie Meli and Mabior Jok were both arrested after the encounters on downtown sidewalks, but prosecutors later dropped all charges against the men.

A hole in the Colchester Causeway Path.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Colchester will receive more than a million dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for construction on the causeway connecting the town and the islands.

Emily Corwin / Vermont Public Radio

Increasing numbers of Vermont seniors are finding long-term care in other families’ homes. The Medicaid-funded program known as Adult Family Care has become critical for Medicaid patients with dementia and other complex needs, who get turned away from traditional nursing facilities and don’t have families to care for them.

Emily Corwin / Vermont Public Radio

As baby boomers age and the workforce shrinks, experts fear there will not be enough people or money to care for all our elders. In many ways, that reality has already arrived in Vermont. 

In recent years, dozens of Vermont seniors have ended up waiting in hospitals after being turned away from nursing homes. According to officials at hospitals across the state, many Vermonters wait months for placement in a nursing home. Some wait a year or more. 

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Men's sports teams at McGill will no longer be called the 'Redmen.'

Friday, after much deliberation, McGill University announced the change. For next season, the team will go by the McGill Team, after which the Montreal school will announce a new name. 

Chol Dhoor, President of the Sudanese Community and Executive Director of the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont
Courtesy of Chol Dhoor

The ouster of Sudan's longtime dictator, Omar al-Bashir, was welcome news to many of Vermont's roughly 160 Sudanese residents.

February was the one-year anniversary of the averted school shooting in Fair Haven that VPR explored in its five-episode podcast JOLTED. A new episode is now available with updates about how things have changed since last year.

Emily Corwin / Vermont Public Radio

There aren’t nearly enough inpatient beds in Vermont for children in mental health crisis. Instead, kids who are a danger to themselves and others wait idly — for days — in emergency rooms.

Last year at UVM Medical Center in Burlington, 73 children spent an average three and a half days waiting for placement somewhere else. Many spent much longer. Parents, doctors, even hospital officials agree this is an urgent problem.

There is a child psychiatric facility with twelve beds — six newly reopened — just across Lake Champlain. The UVM Medical Center helps run the facility. The only problem: Vermont kids aren’t getting to use it.

Provided by the Department of Mental Health in response to a request for public records.

Over the last year, about a dozen involuntary psychiatric patients have filed legal arguments claiming it is unconstitutional to make them wait in hospital emergency rooms for a treatment bed.

When psychiatric patients are deemed a threat to themselves or others and then refuse treatment, the state can force them to receive treatment against their will. But a shortage of inpatient beds means many have to wait in the ER for days to receive care.

A stretch of road in Plymouth, Vermont, with a 35 miles per hour speed limit sign on the right and a car approaching in the distance.
Emily Corwin / VPR

This winter's freeze/thaw cycles have been hard on Vermont roads. That's because when moisture gets into cracks then freezes, it causes potholes and frost heaves.

Dr. Hannah Rabin
Emily Corwin / Vermont Public Radio

Emergency rooms are intended for short-term care. Say a child comes in with a broken bone. She'll have it set, get a cast and some pain meds, and be sent on her way with an appointment for follow-up care.

At the University of Vermont Medical Center’s emergency room, most children average less than four hours in the ER before they are sent home or admitted for specialized care.

But for children suffering from mental health emergencies, the ER is more like a windowless purgatory. It’s a secure place to wait for a bed to open up someplace else — often 150 miles away, in Brattleboro.

A stack of paperwork on a table next to an open laptop computer.
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A new reporting system could help improve Vermonters’ access to public records.

Preliminary autopsy reports indicate University of Vermont first-year student Connor Gage died from exposure in sub-zero temperatures and acute intoxication.