Amanda Loder

Weekend Host/Business Reporter

Amanda Loder reports on business and the economy in NHPR's newsroom, and hosts Weekend Edition. Amanda  joined New Hampshire Public Radio following four years of reporting and hosting at Spokane Public Radio in Washington State. At Spokane Public Radio, she was recognized with regional Edward R. Murrow and SPJ awards for her feature and series reporting. During four years at SPR, she worked her way up from general assignment reporter to featurist, and was ultimately tapped to host All Things Considered. Amanda, a native Iowan, received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Religious Studies from Lawrence University, and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.

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StateImpact
5:08 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Will Northern Pass Create Jobs? It Depends On Which Study You Believe

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 5:08 pm

One of the main questions that lingers over Northern Pass is: Will it create jobs, especially in the struggling North Country?

And, befitting the layers of controversy surrounding the project, the simplest answer won out.

It depends on who you ask.

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StateImpact
12:54 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

How A Start-Up Incubator Is Racing Against The Clock To Create Jobs

After launching 11 eco-friendly companies across the state, the University of New Hampshire's Green Launching Pad (GLP) is racing to spend the last of its stimulus funding. For the past two years, GLP has used federal stimulus money to offer grants and support to up-and-coming green companies. The idea is, as the companies expand, more well-paying, environmentally-friendly jobs will take root in the state.

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StateImpact
10:12 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Best Of StateImpact: Why The NH Lottery's Revenues Are Down--And Why It Matters

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 10:12 am

One of our most popular on-going series has been "Losing The Lotto," our continued look at the facts, figures, and people behind the New Hampshire Lottery.

Losing The Lotto: What The New Hampshire Lottery Pays For: Our first installment of the series tackles the basics of what you need to know about how the state lotto works and maps its steady revenue decline over the years.

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StateImpact New Hampshire
5:34 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Q&A: Outgoing Stonyfield CEO on the Organic Business Model, His Political Future and Agent Orange

Gary Hirshberg has spent half his life at the helm of Londonderry-based Stonyfield, growing the brand from a small dairy farm to the world's top organic yogurt manufacturer, employing 470 people.*

Now, after 28 years, Hirshberg's stepping down from his position as CEO (or "CE-Yo," as the position's been dubbed at Stonyfield).

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Primary 2012
5:42 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

The Economic Side of the New Hampshire Primary

Voters at a polling place in Bow, January 10, 2012.
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

The New Hampshire primary is about politics – obviously – but it’s also about economics, albeit in a much smaller way. While the rest of the state was watching vote totals and checking on the mood at campaign headquarters, reporter Amanda Loder of StateImpact New Hampshire was looking at the economic effects of the first in the nation primary. She tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about what she learned. 

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Campaign 2012
4:28 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Romney And The Economy: Two Ways To Read His NH Victory Speech

A number of media outlets(including the Boston Globe) noted that Mitt Romney's victory speech after the New Hampshire primary felt more like a general election speech than a nomination contest speech.

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Campaign 2012
3:36 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

How NH Counties Voted (Based Economic Demos)

This year, NHPR's GOP primary coverage took on a strong national flavor, broadcasting to listeners all over the country. Among the network's expanded audience were WNYC listeners in, well...NYC.

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Primary 2012
11:20 am
Wed January 11, 2012

For Your Entertainment: Tourism And One Of Primary Night's Most Amusing Tweets

One of our most popular New Hampshire primary posts looked at how much the months-long political circus affects Granite State tourism. (You can read that post here.)

Political tourism is definitely a niche hobby.

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Primary 2012
3:12 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

How Much Does The Primary Actually Help NH Tourism?

In an earlier post, we spent a fair amount of time breaking down the economic impact of New Hampshire primary spending. (You can read that post here.)

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StateImpact
10:30 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Why Candidates Are Spending Less On The NH Primary This Cycle--And What It Could Mean For The Future

There's been a collective notion swirling among New Hampshire politicos and pundits that this year's Republican primary just doesn't stack up to past events. Candidates aren't as anxious to go to town hall meetings and shake hands at nondescript diners. By and large, they're not throwing astronomical sums of cash into unending TV ads. Yes, they're here, touting the importance of the early New England vote.

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Ultimate NH Primary Cheat Sheet
1:56 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

The Ultimate NH Primary Cheat Sheet

After months of political debates, ad buying, and hand-shaking, the New Hampshire Republican primary is finally upon us. And not surprisingly, the latest WMUR Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center shows that the economy/jobs is the top issue for about 60 percent of the state's voters.

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StateImpact
10:30 am
Fri December 30, 2011

This Year's Essential StateImpact: The 10 Posts That Caught Your Eye (And Your Clicks)

It's hard for us to believe, but StateImpact New Hampshire launched just five short months ago. During that time, we've worked to bring you data-driven reports and analysis focused how business and the economy in New Hampshire work. Our goal is to bring you original journalism, to dig deeper into the big stories of the day, and to bring you the stories you didn't even know were there. And, we've tried to do it in as interesting and as accessible a way as possible.

We're going to do more of the same in the New Year.

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StateImpact
4:27 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Five Essential Trends That Shaped NH's Economy In 2011

With Christmas and Hanukkah wrapped-up, we've officially reached the pre-New Year's lull. This brief respite from the regularly scheduled holiday cheer is when many people take the opportunity to consider their accomplishments and failures over the past year, and resolve to do better in the future. Other people just go to work for a few days and get really, really bored at their desks as they countdown to their next party.

Either way, it's a bit of a restless period, isn't it?

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Business and Economy
10:30 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Part 3: Which NH Counties Won New Residents–And Lost Old Ones

Conventional wisdom says Portsmouth’s a draw for young professionals thanks to being the home of UNH and a number of innovative tech start-ups
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One of our most popular drop-in series at StateImpact has been our county-by-county glimpses at migration rates.  Our work is based on  a map generated by Jon Bruner of Forbes.  (We still recommend you check it out.)  Using IRS data, Bruner traced where people in every county in the country were moving to–and from–between 2005 and 2009.

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StateImpact
3:00 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

NH Personal Income Growth Double The (Modest) National Average

You could say personal income growth in Q3 was less about the Benjamins than about the Jacksons…
Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Lately, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis has been crunching numbers looking at so called “personal income” growth.  That figure includes all pre-tax income:  wages, salaries, dividends, annuities, Social Security checks…everything.

And for the third quarter of 2011, the growth was rather modest.  In its media release, the Bureau of Economic Analysis noted:

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