Brady Carlson

Reporter and Host, Weekend Edition

Brady Carlson’s latest role at NHPR is actually two roles: reporting for NHPR’s news team, while also hosting Weekend Edition on Saturdays and Sundays.

It’s the latest stop on an NHPR career that has included a little bit of everything since he joined the station in 2005. As NHPR’s webmaster, he led's expansion into an Edward R. Murrow award-winning platform for online discussions and multimedia content, and he launched many of NHPR’s Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, as well as the station's Public Insight Network.

While serving as All Things Considered host for four years, he interviewed presidential hopefuls, authors, state lawmakers and other notable Granite Staters, while helping to add weekly segments such as Foodstuffs, Granite Geek and New England Snapshot. He’s guest hosted The Exchange, served as a frequent guest on Word of Mouth and helped to anchor NHPR’s election and primary night coverage.

In addition to his NHPR work, Brady is finishing up his first book, a tour of the gravesites of the U.S. presidents, which is set for publication in 2016.

Brady holds a Master’s Degree in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College in Boston and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. He and his wife, Sonya, live in Concord with their sons Owen and Wyatt.


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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is New Hampshire this morning for a town hall-style meeting in Atkinson.

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Police in Portsmouth are reminding residents about the dangers of a number of telephone scams. 

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  The U.S. Department of Labor is looking to gather wage data for New Hampshire’s building and construction industries. 

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A new report on energy efficiency ranks New Hampshire in the middle among states, and lowest among the New England states. 

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Officials in Laconia say they’re pleased with their first efforts at holding the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival.

  The Obama Administration is touting the economic benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between the U.S., Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations.

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Advocates for expanding passenger rail in southern New Hampshire are gathering in Nashua today.

The Regional Passenger Rail Summit will include presentations by federal, state and regional transportation officials about current projects and the economic impact of passenger rail systems.

Michael Izbicki, chair of the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, says advocates are hoping more people will support rail as they hear about its potential benefits:

  New Hampshire’s foreign-born population continues to grow, though not as quickly as the national rate.

An analysis of census data from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in New Hampshire has risen to 5.4 percent.

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This weekend in Hopkinton, several hundred conservatives took part in something new for this state: a caucus. The group behind the event wants grassroots activists to play a larger role in choosing the Republican nominee in 2016.

  Governor Maggie Hassan will swear in the state’s new Transportation Commissioner today.

Victoria Sheehan of Nashua served in a number of roles for the Massachusetts Department of transportation, most recently coordinating the highway division's five-year, $5 billion capital plan and $600 million annual operating budget.

The Executive Council confirmed Sheehan in September.

She succeeds Chris Clement, who stepped down as commissioner in December to take a position with the University of New Hampshire.

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Governor Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire’s congressional delegation will be among those on hand for the opening of a Job Corps center today in Manchester.

The facility will provide vocational training to 300 students ages 16 to 24. 

The effort to build the center began in 2001, but construction stalled several years ago over contract language that would have required that it be built by union labor.

The agreement was later lifted, and construction began in 2013.

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The latest economic report from the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies says 2016 will bring New Hampshire some of the strongest economic growth it’s seen in the last few years.

The state is set to release its latest jobs report today. 

The August report from New Hampshire Employment Security put the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.6 percent, down a tenth of a point from July.

That’s in line with the generally strong jobs picture we’ve seen throughout the course of the year. 

But one of the reasons the rate fell in August was a drop of about 1,400 in the size of the labor force. 


Governor Maggie Hassan says the state will review a case in which a judge stripped a fired Portsmouth police officer of most of a $2 million dollar inheritance from a woman’s disputed will.

According to the Portsmouth Herald, the governor says she’ll work with state agencies to review how they handled complaints that Sergeant Aaron Goodwin might be exploiting Geraldine Webber.

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Two state senators are set to propose a grant program to fund and establish drug courts across New Hampshire.

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  After more than a year of planning, the state has called off this month’s planned trade mission to Colombia.

The mission was intended to help New Hampshire companies find export opportunities in Colombia. State officials say a number of firms expressed interest, but none signed up to make the trip.

Tina Kasim of the New Hampshire Office of International Commerce says the state is now considering a range of ways to help firms looking to do more business overseas.

The New Hampshire Retirement System says it saw gains in fiscal year 2015, though the return on investment was smaller than that of previous years.  The trust fund’s assets grew by roughly $120 million to just over $7.5 billion as of June 30th.  The 3.5% return on investment is a drop from the previous year, in which the retirement system earned over $900 million with a 17.6% rate of return.  Officials pointed toward a range of factors that complicated investments over the past year. "NHRS - like all investors -

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  Republican Lindsey Graham continues his 10 day campaign trip through New Hampshire - and this weekend he'll once again campaign with his most prominent backer, Arizona Senator and two-time New Hampshire primary winner John McCain. 

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Many of the candidates for president this year have made an unusual detour from the campaign trail: strolling the sidewalks of a quiet North Manchester neighborhood with the city's mayor.

But it’s actually a longstanding tradition in New Hampshire primary politics. Presidential candidates hope to benefit from their associations with local officials – and the locals stand to gain, too.

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  New Hampshire’s US Senators continue to call for reauthorizing the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Republican Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen were among those last week who unsuccessfully tried to pass a 60 day extension of the fund.

Speaking on the Senate floor last week, Shaheen said there was a perception the program was primarily used to acquire federal land. She said most of the funding for federal projects was instead used on existing parks, refuges and conservation areas:

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  Organizers say today's New Hampshire Energy Summit in Concord will look at whether the state can avoid volatility in energy prices this winter.

Concerns about the region’s natural gas capacity a year ago prompted several utilities to proposed sharp price increases, followed by large drops in gas and oil prices.

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Republican Ted Cruz is again presenting himself to New Hampshire voters as the one presidential hopeful willing to speak out, and act, on issues that matter to conservatives. 

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  Late Friday evening the Public Utilities Commission approved Liberty Utilities' proposal to buy space on a controversial natural gas pipeline proposed for Southern border of the state.

Now that forecasters expect Hurricane Joaquin to pass well east of the state, New Hampshire utilities are holding off on deploying emergency work crews.

Alec O’Meara of Unitil says the company has been planning for the storm since Monday. He says, given that a large amount of the eastern seaboard was believed to be in Joaquin’s path, power companies were "really trying to figure out exactly where the best place for all those crews to be allocated. Thankfully it was more of an intellectual process, and it appears all will be spared - at least in the continental United States."

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has affirmed a record judgment against Exxon Mobil in a case over the chemical additive MtBE.

The $236 million verdict reached by a jury in 2013 was the largest jury award in state history. Exxon Mobil argued it used MtBE to reduce air pollution under federal law and shouldn’t be held liable for contamination in the state’s groundwater.

In its ruling Friday, the state’s high court rejected the company’s request for a new trial and about 10 other points it raised.

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A group of game developers is looking to build a place for New Hampshire in the future of video games - and it starts with the new development hub known as Game Assembly.

Political candidates send lots of emails as the end of a fundraising quarter approaches. New Hampshire Congressman Frank Guinta is no exception – though there’s a bit more to his story than what’s in the message.

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Another longtime New Hampshire advocate for people with disabilities is retiring. The Crotched Mountain Foundation announced Friday CEO and President Donald Shumway would step down early next year. In a statement, he said "After decades of focusing on all families, it is long overdue that I focus on being present in the lives of those I love."

The candidates for mayor of Manchester will begin a series of six town hall events this week.

Mayor Ted Gatsas and challenger Joyce Craig will be on hand Thursday night at McDonough Elementary School for the first event. 

The candidates will take audience questions and give opening and closing statements. 

Craig and Gatsas are scheduled to participate in five more sessions during October. The dates for the events are set but some locations have not been announced. 

Town Hall dates and locations: 

The Department of Transportation will conduct road work in Plymouth this week.

DOT crews will conduct repairs on Fairground Road starting Tuesday morning.

The road will be closed to vehicles for up to four days from Welch Road west to US Route 3.

Following the repairs, the state says traffic on Fairground Road will run on one lane only.