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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NH News
7:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Gun Enthusiasts Key To N.H. App Developer's Success

Alan started his business with antique firearms collectors in mind.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Today, we wrap up our series The Download on New Hampshire’s App Economy with the profile of an independent developer.  In some ways, it’s a classic story: he left his full-time job to work on his program at home in Derry.  But  he’s anything but a stereotypical computer geek.

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NH News
7:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Despite Mobile Apps Boom, Women Remain Underrepresented

Credit Josh Bancroft / Flickr Creative Commons

In the course of reporting this series, I spoke to very few women who were working with mobile apps.  It wasn’t for lack of trying.  This gender gap isn’t unusual in computer science in general.  And it isn’t confined to New Hampshire. 

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NH News
7:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

How N.H. Higher Ed Is Adapting To The Mobile App Economy

Rima Murthy was trained in advanced smartphone applications at Dartmouth College, but she's not planning on staying in N.H.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This week we’re looking at New Hampshire’s developing mobile app economy.  Although it’s nowhere on the scale of manufacturing or tourism, it’s gaining in popularity—and importance.  But how do we educate this new workforce?  Today, we talk with professors and students about how they see themselves fitting into the mobile app economy.

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NH News
7:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

N.H. Entrepreneurs Carve Out Space In The Growing App Economy

Ryan Zarick's Coder Den is a New Hampshire success story. But what about other mobile app developers?
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

  Over the past three years, smartphone ownership has increased dramatically.  Seeing this trend, entrepreneurs have sensed the strong demand for the mobile apps that make smartphones so popular.  As part of our week long series "The Download on New Hampshire's App Economy," today we introduce you to some Granite Staters who are gambling on startup success…and the challenges they face.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

N.H. A Surprising Hotspot For Making Mobile Apps

Alfonso Fabrega co-founded the Happ-A-Thon, a 30-day challenge for New Hampshire app developers.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

More than half of all Americans own a smartphone.  The explosion of this technology over the past few years has created a rapidly growing job sector in designing and developing smartphone apps.  This week, we launch our series "The Download on New Hampshire's App Economy." looking at how this industry is growing and changing in the state.  We begin with an introduction to the world of mobile app development.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Judge Puts Part of "Auto Dealers' Bill of Rights" on Hold

An expanded “Auto Dealer Bill of Rights” law is set to take effect today.  It offers auto and equipment dealers protections from some requirements set by manufacturers.  But a key part of the law is now on hold.

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NH News
10:18 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Manchester Common Core Vote Postponed

A key Manchester Board of School committee vote on how to implement federal Common Core standards has been delayed.  The state adopted the Common Core in 2010, which outlines what students should know before passing each grade.  

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

N.H. Groups Awarded Federal Grants For Substance Abuse Prevention

New Hampshire ranks 5th in the nation for binge drinking and regular marijuana use among young adults.  That’s according to numbers released this month by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.  But the federal government has awarded some communities grants to focus on prevention.

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NH News
9:51 am
Sun September 15, 2013

A Big Summer For Flooding In N.H.

Governor Maggie Hassan tours a flooded area over the summer.
Credit Ella NIlsen / NHPR

    

Over the past few weeks, New Hampshire has seen an uptick in thunderstorms--and the accompanying flash floods. So far, the National Weather Service has tallied roughly 20 floods. Mike Ekster, Chief Forecaster in Gray, Maine says in a typical year, the state only sees about five.  He says some years have been even worse, especially when Tropical Storm Irene hit two years ago. But it’s still been an unusually wet summer.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Concord Celebrates First Weekend On The Water Festival

Plastic ducks awaiting release for the Concord Rotary Club's Weekend on the Water fundraiser.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This past weekend Concord kicked-off its first ever Weekend on the Water festival at Kiwanis Riverfront Park, right along the Merrimack River. 

But the surprising thing about the festival is the way it came together.

In the past, the Concord Crew team has taken a weekend around this time of summer to hold a low-stakes regatta with other high school teams.  So how did it turn into a two-day event with a craft beer festival, live music, and touristy duck boat rides?  Concord Rotary Club President Chuck Willing says this year, the right people just found each other.

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NH News
4:33 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

LGC Takes Regulator To Court Over Reorganization

The Local Government Center is taking its regulator to court—again.  This time, over how the organization is restructuring.  On Tuesday, the LGC requested a Merrimack Superior Court judge to declare the restructuring legal.  

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NH News
6:40 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Kuster Weigh In On Syria

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is weighing in on possible military intervention in Syria.  This after President Barack Obama announced he would seek congressional approval for a military strike to punish the Assad regime for allegedly using chemical weapons. 

At an AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral  in Manchester, Senator Jeanne Shaheen stopped short of saying she supports military action against the Assad regime.   But she did note that she has been raising the issue of chemical weapons use in the conflict since February of 2012.

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NH News
10:24 am
Sun September 1, 2013

After Second Hepatitis-A Case, State Offers Vaccines

About 100 people between Friday and Saturday turned up at Bow High School for Hepatitis-A vaccines.  They were offered by the state after a second employee at the Covered Bridge Restaurant in Contoocook tested positive for the disease.  Rick Cricenti directs Emergency Services for the Department of Health and Human Services  He says the agency reached out to more people than those who were at the restaurant when the first infected employee was working.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun August 25, 2013

Communities Celebrate Old Home Day

Pembroke/Allenstown Old Home Day runs hay rides, with proceeds going toward next year's OHD.
Sara Plourde NHPR

August is the month when towns all over New Hampshire hold their Old Home Day festivals, featuring fair food, games, entertainment, and kid-friendly events.  Saturday was the big day for Pembroke, south of Concord. 

Pat Fowler is a life-long resident.  She chairs the Old Home Day Parade committee.  “At the end of the day, when I’m sitting back and watching all the families, watching the fireworks and the music’s on Main Stage, you just get that good feeling of family and friendship and community," Fowler says.  "I think that’s what keeps me coming back.”

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Senator Ayotte Calls For Cutting Off Aid To Egypt

Senator Kelly Ayotte has changed her views on sending aid to Egypt following continued, bloody crackdowns on Muslim Brotherhood supporters.  Speaking Sunday morning on Meet The Press, New Hampshire’s Republican Senator said President Obama isn’t doing enough to stem military violence against civilians.

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