Emily Chen-Newton


Emily cut her teeth on the backroads of West Virginia, collecting oral histories working with Allegheny Mountain Radio, and the The 219 Project. Coming to the world of radio from the world of the stage, Emily performed professionally for more than 5 years before returning to central Appalachia to complete a degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Philosophy. Emily harvests a story wherever she goes; be that in the hills of Kentucky, the mountains of West Virginia, on the stage or within the electrical dances between neurons which she studied at her alma mater, Berea College, Berea Kentucky. Driven by a love of science, stories and the power of listening, Emily is happy to be working on the podcast “Made in the Middle” for KIOS, as well as local feature stories within our listening area

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In this installment of A Portrait of a Pandemic, we continue with our portraits of those in and surrounding the homeless community of Omaha. Last week we heard from Daryl and his experience of homelessness in a pandemic. Today, KIOS’s Emily Chen-Newton brings us Devon Lee, volunteer coordinator at the The Stephen Center, an emergency housing and addiction recovery campus in Omaha.

To contact the HERO Addiction Recovery Program: 402-715-5440

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  If you google “science podcast”, you’ll get just about 1,010,000,000 results, including podcasts, instructional videos, science blogs, and peer reviewed journals.  We live in an age of free-flowing information with an incredibly curious public ready to ingest the constant feed of information.


  Medical professionals and firefighters are understood to be on the front-line of Human Trafficking, but a new group of professionals is stepping up: tattoo artists. The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is teaming up with the tattoo community to create a training model for artists; how to recognize and respond to human trafficking. Reporting from one of Omaha’s popular late-night tattoo shops, Omaha Public Radio’s Emily Chen-Newton explores the industry’s relationship to human trafficking and their efforts to subvert it. 

Photo Courtesy of Adam Ortega of Omaha Public Radio (KIOS 91.5 FM)

In February of this year, The Global United Methodist Church strengthened their ban on same-gender marriage and LGBTQIA clergy. This stance is reflected in the Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline and was affirmed by the highest court of The Church in April.