Emily grew up in a small town in Central New York State. She moved to Boston in 2009 to earn degrees in English and journalism at Boston University, and recently earned a masters in journalism from Northeastern University. In 2017 she relocated to the midwest. Her work has appeared in The Marshall Project, New York Magazine, Scout Magazines, WGBH News, The New York Times, DigBoston, and MuckRock. She is interested in urban issues, infrastructure, and criminal justice.