Emily Hughes Corio
Emily Hughes Corio joined the WVU Reed College of Media in August 2011 and teaches courses in video and multimedia reporting. She recently developed a new course, “Adventure Travel Writing and Photography,” which she teaches yearly. Corio is also among the faculty working on an experimental journalism class in fall 2015 that will combine data journalism and science reporting to reveal water quality issues in northern West Virginia.
Corio spent a decade working in journalism. Before joining the College of Media, she was Assistant News Director for the statewide public television and radio network in West Virginia. Corio reported and produced stories for radio, television and the web throughout her time in the newsroom, including award-winning pieces on environmental issues and breaking news. She was awarded a Knight Center for Environmental Journalism Fellowship in 2008 and traveled to Alaska to study impacts of climate change.
Her radio reporting and stories have aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition,”WNYC’s and PRI’s “The Takeaway,” and the CBC. In 2014, Corio won a “Best of Festival” award from the Broadcast Education Association for a story she produced on the recovery of the Cheat River after years of mining pollution, and a mine blowout that made the river run red, had ruined the river in many ways.
Corio began her career at Allegheny Mountain Radio, a community radio station in Pocahontas County, W.Va., as the News and Public Affairs Director.
She graduated from the Broadcasting and Cinema Department and the Honors Program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 2001 and received her Master of Science in Journalism from WVU in 2009. She researched community radio news for her master’s project and developed a reporter training manual that the National Association of Community Broadcasters made available to community radio stations across the country.
Corio is also the faculty advisor to the WVU chapter of RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association).