Emily Richardson-Lorente

Freelance Reporter

Emily Richardson-Lorente is an award-winning video producer, who finally followed her passion and leapt into public radio in 2014. She grew up in Rhode Island with 3 brothers and 6 parents, and went to Syracuse University on a National Merit Scholarship. Afterwards, she attended Johns Hopkins’ SAIS in Washington, DC, where she became a pool shark and learned to dance salsa.

With a degree in Latin American studies and international economics, Emily briefly flirted with the idea of joining the diplomatic corps before flunking the foreign service exam and opting for a career in media. She spent the next decade based in Florida producing television shows on health, parenting, technology and wildlife for PBS, the Discovery Health Channel, Animal Planet, and other networks.

Now, as a radio producer, she loves covering many of the same topics she covered in video, as well as many new ones -- including entrepreneurs, the environment, history, and women in STEM. When she’s not wielding her microphone, her hobbies include bird watching, gardening, staring blankly at the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, yelling at her kids, and playing board games that involve neither chutes nor ladders.

At present, she lives in Charlottesville with her husband, their 3 elementary-age children, and a badly behaved dog.  

You can follow her on Twitter @EARLorente.

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The Ku Klux Klan paid a visit to Charlottesville over the weekend in what was perhaps the most anticipated event of the year for the city. Thousands of people came out—some to protest indirectly through celebration, and others who wanted to look the KKK in the face. WMRA’s Jordy Yager and Emily Richardson-Lorente were there.

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With school out for summer, two Albemarle County elementary schools are beginning renovations to convert regular classrooms to multi-age classrooms. That's a classroom where kids of different ages and grades work together. It's part of a nationwide trend, but how well does it actually work? Emily Richardson-Lorente visited a multi-age class to find out.

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We’ve known for a long time that the Human Papilloma Virus can cause cervical cancer in women. But increasingly, HPV is causing cancers further up the body, in the throats of people infected with the virus. And the largest group of patients? Middle aged men. Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story of one Virginia man dealing with the consequences.

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HPV infections are leading to an increasing number of cancers in both men and women. There’s a vaccine that can address that, but most people in Virginia aren’t getting it. In fact, compliance rates for HPV vaccination are so low here and throughout the U.S., that the National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers call it “a serious public health threat.” WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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Yesterday, in honor of International Women’s Day, some women stayed home from work, others wore red and hit the streets to protest, and still others got together to celebrate.  WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente went to one such celebration in Charlottesville.

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Last night, a crowd gathered at the Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville. Not to celebrate faith, but to explore failure. The event was the latest installment of a popular speaker series focused on Charlottesville artists and sponsored by the New City Arts Initiative and the Garage. Emily Richardson-Lorente was in attendance.

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This weekend, anti-abortion advocates protested at Planned Parenthood clinics around the country. And pro-choice advocates rallied in response — in Staunton and Charlottesville. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente spoke with a few advocates on both sides of the issue at the Charlottesville rallies.

During the presidential debates, President Trump pledged to send abortion “back to the states.” That means that regardless of what ultimately happens with the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade, advocates on both sides of the abortion issue should be paying close attention to what’s happening in their state legislature. And here in Virginia, there’s a LOT going on in the area of women’s reproductive rights and health. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente reports.

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According to the Nature Conservancy, 85% of the world’s native oyster reefs have disappeared — including most of those in the Chesapeake Bay. Scientists and environmentalists are working hard to rebuild some of those lost reefs, but one of the most promising solutions yet may be from a Charlottesville woman with no science degree, but a unique obsession. Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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If you’ve ever grown frustrated trying to explain some super simple technology — like texting —  to an older person, OR if you’re a senior citizen frustrated by the condescending way your grand-kid told you that texting is “super simple,” this story by WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente is for you.

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The Virginia Film Festival may have wrapped in Charlottesville for the year, but the city of Harrisonburg is just getting ready to roll out its own red carpet. The 7th annual “Super Gr8” Film Festival will take place in town this Thursday and Friday. Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

As Virginians voted on Election Day, WMRA heard from some of them at polling places around our region.

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The 29th annual Virginia Film Festival starts this Thursday. More than 120 films will be screened over four days, in seven different locations around Charlottesville. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview.

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It’s 6,351 miles — as the crow flies — between Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and Charlottesville. But last month, a small group of artists made that journey, and they’ve been delighting school children in the area ever since.  WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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Earning an MBA may give you the credentials you need to run a business, but does it really prepare you for the uncertainty you’ll face in that role?  Professors at UVa’s Darden School of Business thought they could do more to help students prepare for a life of executive decision making.  WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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If you’ve driven through the UVa campus recently, you may have noticed a mural going up on the side of the Graduate Hotel. It’s a collaboration with the Charlottesville Mural Project, a Philadelphia artist and a prize-winning poet.  WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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This month marks the one year anniversary of Sweet Briar College’s near-shut down.  In the first part of this report, we heard from students and faculty who are just happy to be back at work on the college’s Amherst campus. Today, we return to take a closer look at how Sweet Briar is adapting to ensure its single-sex survival in a coed kind of world. WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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One year ago, Sweet Briar College shocked its students, faculty and alumnae by announcing that the 114 year old school would be closing — and quick — due to financial difficulties. But after a massive social media campaign and a successful lawsuit, the college is still kicking one year later. WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente visited the campus in Amherst.

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If you’ve got middle schoolers, chances are you’ve heard of Minecraft. It’s a video game with blocky graphics, a single level and no story line. But it’s also an obsession for millions of kids — and many adults — who will happily spend hours digging for resources, building houses and fighting off monsters. If that sounds to you like just another on-screen waste of time, WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has some good news for you.

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Virginia gave Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump victories in the state's primary Tuesday.  (Results here.)  Voters expressed excitement, fear, and civic duty -- and some brought the kids along -- for Virginia's open primary election, part of Super Tuesday voting.  WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz, Jessie Knadler, and Emily Richardson-Lorente talked with polling officials and voters to get a sense of turnout, and of what's on voters' minds this election season.

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As you sit down to your Thanksgiving meal this week, you probably won’t want to think about how that golden turkey got to your table, or what kind of life it lived. But there’s a farm here in Virginia raising a breed of turkeys whose lives actually seem pretty idyllic. And for that, they (we?) give thanks. Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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Despite the fact that jobs in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields pay better than average (33%) and have lower unemployment rates, women are significantly underrepresented in those fields. There’s a variety of theories about how to solve this disparity, but one Charlottesville teacher thinks that getting girls interested in “STEM” subjects early on can be a big help. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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Earlier this year, a Charlottesville woman opened her home for students interested in learning roots music — bluegrass, folk, acoustic blues. And interest in that little program far exceeded her expectations. Now, to her family’s relief, the lessons have moved out of their home and into a bona fide music school. It’s called The Front Porch, and WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente recently spent an afternoon there.

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In a world.... where film festivals are a dime a dozen and everyone with a GoPro is a filmmaker … one small-town film festival breaks the mold. Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview of this year’s Virginia Film Festival, which begins Thursday, Nov. 5th.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, University of Virginia students will be hosting a fundraising event for Parkinson’s disease. Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview.

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There’s a good chance you’ve never attended a concert at the Garage in Charlottesville, in part because it’s literally a one-car garage and easy to overlook. But now you can experience a bit of the Garage’s magic online, via a website that features its bands performing in iconic locations around town. The videos are eye-catching and creative, and the producers behind them may surprise you. Emily Richardson-Lorente has that story.

This year, for the 5th year in a row, star gazers are invited to attend the Central Virginia Star Party. Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview.  UPDATE from the organizers:  "With the threat of flooding, we have decided that for everyone’s safety, we have to cancel tomorrow's Star Party. Although we will not be able to reschedule this event, we are actively brainstorming other ways to showcase our beautiful night skies."

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With college back in session, many students are working part-time jobs on campus to help pay the bills. Waiting tables, running registers, maybe reshelving books at the university library. But one UVa student has followed a different path. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente went to meet her.

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Start-ups are a big deal these days – notable successes include Uber, AirBnB and Snapchat – and business communities, and even universities, want to get in on the action. The Virginia Business Incubation Association from the University of Mary Washington lists 39 incubators throughout Virginia, and one of those is at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. It’s called the i.LAB. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente spent some time there.