Emily Kwong Emily Kwong is the reporter for NPR's daily science podcast, Short Wave.
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Emily Kwong

Reporter, Science Desk

Emily Kwong is the reporter for NPR's daily science podcast, Short Wave. The podcast explores new discoveries, everyday mysteries and the science behind the headlines — all in about 10 minutes, Monday through Friday.

Prior to working at NPR, Kwong was a reporter and host at KCAW-Sitka, a community radio station in Sitka, Alaska. She covered local government and politics, culture and general assignments, chasing stories onto fishing boats and up volcanoes. Her work earned multiple awards from the Alaska Press Club and Alaska Broadcasters Association. Prior to that, Kwong produced youth media with WNYC's Radio Rookies and The Modern Story in Hyderabad, India.

Kwong won the "Best New Artist" award in 2013 from the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition for a story about a Maine journalist learning to speak with an electrolarynx. She was the 2018 "Above the Fray" Fellow, reporting a series for NPR on climate change and internal migration in Mongolia.

Kwong earned her bachelor's degree at Columbia University in 2012. She learned the finer points of cutting tape at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2013.

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Wingspan is a bird-collecting board game, based in science. Designed by Elizabeth Hargrave and published by Stonemaier Games, Wingspan has sold 300,000 copies since its debut in 2019. Kim Euker/Stonemaier Games hide caption

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The WHO Knows Insulin Is Too Expensive. How It Plans To Drive Down The Price

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An open burr of the American chestnut tree. Functionally extinct since the mid-20th century, the American Chestnut Foundation has been spearheading a multi-pronged approach to bring the tree back to life. The American Chestnut Foundation hide caption

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Cookies In Space, For Science

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Researchers gave a kazoo to six orangutans at the Indianapolis Zoo, including a 40-year-old female named Kobi, for an experiment to test their vocal abilities. Ian Nichols/Indianapolis Zoo hide caption

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Earlier this month, crew aboard the International Space Station received a a novel item in their cargo re-supply: a Zero-G oven and cookie dough. NASA/Nanoracks hide caption

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