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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Local Government Center
7:30 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Interim LGC Chief Vows To Get Organization "Back On Track"

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After Maura Carroll's sudden departure from the Local Government Center last month, former Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald took over.  By shifting the LGC toward greater transparency, refocusing on customer service, and repairing the bitter relationship with its regulator, Bald hopes to overhaul the culture of the embattled organization.  And put its years-long legal troubles to rest.

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NH News
1:36 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Rockingham Healthiest County In N.H., Coos Struggles

Rockingham tops the list of healthy N.H. counties
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Rockingham County is officially the healthiest place in New Hampshire, while Coos County is struggling in terms of public health.  That’s according to a report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

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NH News
5:18 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments In N.H. Generic Drug Case

The big question surrounding the case is whether federally-regulated generic drug makers can be held liable if a jury finds their product defective under state law
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Today the US Supreme Court heard arguments related to the case of a New Hampshire woman seriously injured after taking a generic drug

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Defense Sector
7:00 am
Sun March 17, 2013

State Hopes To Boost Defense Industry As Sequester Cuts Loom

With mass layoffs at BAE Systems and the future of the Portsmouth Naval Sh

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Military
2:39 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

SNHU Responds To Military Students Hit By Sequester

Many service members balance taking SNHU's online coursework with their regular duties
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Until about two weeks ago, active duty armed service members could count on $4,500 a year to help pay for college tuition.  But with the military suspending the benefit because of sequestration, Southern New Hampshire University is trying to bridge that gap.

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Town Budget
4:24 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Salem Voters Go To Ballot Box For First Time On Town Budget

Some communities, like Salem, will decide on budget issues at the ballot box
Credit Tracy Lee Carroll / NHPR

It’s Town Meeting time in New Hampshire.   Salem is one of the state’s biggest towns, and this is its first year moving away from the classic community get-together to the ballot box.  The town expects this change to increase voter turnout tomorrow as it considers major budget issues.

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History
4:03 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

234 Years Later, Committee Passes Bill To Emancipate 14 Slaves

Credit Broadside quoting Marquis de Lafayette, issued 1800-1899 / Rare Books Collection, Boston Public Library, Flickr Creative Commons

Back in 1779, 20 slaves made the case for their freedom before the New Hampshire General Court.  After noting it wasn’t the right time, the body postponed the decision “to a more convenient opportunity.” 

Lawmakers never took that opportunity, and 14 of the petitioners died as slaves. 

But on Wednesday, a Senate committee unanimously passed the bill.  

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Eco Business
7:30 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Green Business Initiative Sees Rewards, But Faces Challenges

EnerTrac founder and CEO Steve Owens holds customer meters his GLP company will design special monitors for.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

A taxpayer-funded eco-business program is paying off for New Hampshire.  The Green Launching Pad at the University of New Hampshire has given grants to more than a dozen start-ups in the state.  But it hasn’t awarded any new funds since last year.

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Arts & Culture
5:16 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Traveling Auschwitz-Birkenau Exhibit Stops In N.H.

Kathy Preston regularly tells her story to 8th grade classes learning about the Holocaust
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

A new exhibit that takes a closer look at what happened at a notorious Nazi death camp opened at the New Hampshire State Library today.

The exhibit, which is traveling the country on loan from Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, includes a set of 31 posters featuring photos of the horrific conditions at the death camp. 

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Winter Travel
4:38 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Snowstorm Not Expected To Affect Mancester Airport Departures

At this point, airport staff expect most flights should get out of Manchester's airport on time.
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With much of the state under yet another heavy snow warning tomorrow, road conditions could quickly get dicey.  But if predictions hold, travelers at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport shouldn’t have much trouble flying out. 

Airport Assistant Director Tom Malafronte  says the Manchester airport hasn’t shut down because of snow for 23 years.  And for this forecasted wintery mix, he says most flights should go out.

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Winter Storm
12:08 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Winter Storm Slowly Makes Its Way Across N.H.

While today’s snowstorm is less intense than predicted, most Granite Staters can expect it to linger into this evening.  Since the storm system has remained largely off-shore, the Seacoast could see the most snow—up to six inches.  But meteorologist Alex Graves says central and southern New Hampshire can expect two-to-four inches of accumulation. 

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NH News
11:06 am
Sun February 24, 2013

N.H. Utilities Expect Snow-Related Outages Throughout Day

Most New Hampshire utilities are reporting snow related outages.  As of last check, PSNH had the most outages, at around 1,800.  Nearly 450 of those were in Canterbury, while Hooksett got hit with more than 400 outages.  In Deerfield, 190 customers are reportedly without power. 

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Winter Storm
10:24 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Snowstorm: Who's Reporting Power Outages?

Today's snowstorm is set to drop two to four inches across most of the state by tonight.  The Seacoast could see up to six inches.  While it's a slower-moving storm than Nemo two weeks ago, numerous power outages have been reported.  By 12:25 pm, these are the communities that have been impacted most.

PSNH: 2,747

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NH News
9:16 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Seacoast Set To Get The Most Snow Today

Current weather forecasts estimate anywhere from two to four inches of snowfall over much of the state by this evening.  Unlike the blizzard two weeks ago, this storm is moving slowly, dropping wet, heavy snow across parts of New Hampshire.  Meteorologist Alex Graves says changing temperatures today will also affect accumulation.

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Arts & Culture
7:15 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Listening For The Elusive Sound Of Ice Chimes

Dartmouth students take a quick look a Ice Chimes on their way to class
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This year, the Dartmouth College campus has become temporary home for a mixed-media menagerie called Ice Chimes.  And the 20-foot tall pagoda-like structure outside the Life Sciences building gets a lot of curious stares from students.

Ice Chimes is supposed to be interactive.  But it isn’t exactly intuitive.

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