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

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.

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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.

University of Vermont Health Network

University of Vermont Medical Center has begun rolling out newly designed medical bills.

The new bills highlight only what is owed, how to pay, and who to call for help. Patients will begin receiving them early this month.

Vermont Association of Snow Travelers

Snowmobilers in Vermont are experiencing negative effects from climate change, according to a University of Vermont study.

A 19-year-old University of Vermont student was found dead Saturday morning in Burlington.

The U.S. Coast Guard Burlington station.
Meg Malone / VPR File

Federal employees in Vermont were back to work on Monday after President Trump signed a short term spending bill last week reopening government.

A 20-year veteran of the Burlington Police Department was arraigned Monday in Addison County on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP File Photo

It has been more than three months since 215 Vermont inmates were transferred from a government-run prison in Pennsylvania to a private prison in Mississippi. Although the idea of private prisons is not popular in Vermont, corrections and prisoner-rights groups say that, so far, the inmates are better off in Mississippi.

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

Vermont law enforcement officers filed fewer traffic tickets in 2018 than the year before, marking the first decline in three years, according to the Vermont Judiciary.  Money collected from traffic fines in 2018 also declined — even more steeply than the number of tickets issued. 

Emmet Moseley loads a log into his wood stove.
Emily Corwin / VPR

In the winter, Coco and Emmet Moseley keep their farmhouse cozy and warm with an antique wood stove — and Coco is wondering about the benefits and drawbacks of their heat source.

Burlington Police car at night.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

A former Burlington Police lieutenant who had once been in charge of investigating child abuse across Chittenden County now faces charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child by the Vermont State Police.