Jason Moon

Seacoast Reporter

Jason is NHPR's Seacoast reporter, and he also covers education. Before joining NHPR in February of 2015, Jason held internships with a variety of public radio organizations including StoryCorps, Transom.org, and WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama. He studied philosophy, political science, and audio documentaries at Bennington College in Vermont.

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In his first days campaigning for governor in the general election, Democrat Colin Van Ostern has focused on women’s health issues.  And today he did so again at a stop on the Seacoast.

Colin Van Ostern met with state senator Martha Fuller Clark and a handful of healthcare professionals at the Lovering health care center in Greenland.

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Virginia Senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine spoke to a group of millennials about workforce development in Portsmouth today.

Tim Kaine appeared alongside a panel from the group Stay Work Play, a nonprofit focused on attracting young professionals to New Hampshire.

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For Congressman Frank Guinta and his supporters, it turned out to be a long primary night, as results in the contest between Guinta and challenger Rich Ashooh proved too close to call.

About 50 Guinta supporters gathered at Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester, eating wings and downing beers as they watched the returns come in on TV screens above the bar.

The room of die-hard supporters was optimistic for Guinta’s chances, but as the returns began to show just how close the race was, Steve Miller of Merrimack nervously made a prediction.

On Sunday, police and fire officials in Portsmouth marked the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

About 75 people gathered outside the Portsmouth Police Department in front the piece of World Trade Center steel that serves as a 9/11 memorial.

The memorial service began at 8:46 AM, the exact moment when, 15 years ago, the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

Portsmouth Police Chief David Mara told the audience to remember the way the country came together after the tragedy in 2001.

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock plans to lay off hundreds of employees after a poor financial performance last fiscal year.

In an email sent to Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees, CEO James Weinstein said the company needs to shave $100 million dollars in annual expenses to achieve financial stability. The company finished last fiscal year with a $12 million dollar deficit.

New Hampshire’s lone Olympic gold-medalist, rower Tessa Gobbo was honored at the statehouse today.

About 100 first and second graders crowded into the Executive Council chambers at the State House to witness Governor Maggie Hassan honor Olympic gold-medalist and Chesterfield native Tessa Gobbo.

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The Navy is planning 33 million dollars in repairs and construction at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

$25.7 million dollars will go toward repairs to components of one of the shipyard’s dry docks that are nearing the end of their service life.

The remaining 7.2 million dollars will go to the construction of a flood basin for another dry dock that will allow submarines to dock regardless of tidal activity.

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Republican incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte and primary challenger Jim Rubens faced off in a debate on WMUR TV last night.

From the very outset of the debate, a clear dynamic emerged between Ayotte and Rubens.

Dover School District

A judge has ruled that a cap on the amount of money the state sends to local school districts is unconstitutional.

Each year, the state sends money to local school districts to satisfy a constitutional mandate to provide an adequate education. The amount it sends is calculated by a formula determined by the legislature.

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New research from the University of New Hampshire says taxes or bans on plastic bags are the most effective ways to manage their impact on the environment.

The research looked at the ways 13 different states and cities around the country have attempted to manage the use of plastic bags – from bans, to taxes, to recycling programs.

For Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern, two New Hampshire employers – Stonyfield Farm and Southern New Hampshire University -- figure heavily in his message to voters. NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on what Van Ostern’s time at these companies might tell us about how he’d operate as governor.

New research says an overwhelming majority of New Hampshire residents support paid family leave and medical leave insurance.

The survey found 88 percent of women and 76 percent of men support a law establishing a paid family leave and medical leave insurance program in the state.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Connolly says he’s back in for an upcoming debate on WMUR TV, after labor dispute negotiations at the station showed signs of progress.

Last week, Mark Connolly had cited the dispute between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1228 and WMUR, when he said he would not participate in a debate scheduled for this Tuesday.

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Of all the public parks and beaches on New Hampshire’s seacoast, Odiorne Point State Park in Rye may have the most complicated history. For our month-long series Life on the Seacoast, NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on how a world war created a state park.

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Six of the seven candidates running for New Hampshire governor participated in a forum on young children today at Saint Anselm College.

The forum was sponsored by Spark NH, an advisory council of governor-appointed early childhood professionals. Attendees included business owners, early childhood professionals, and elected officials.

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Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mark Connolly says he won’t participate in an upcoming debate on WMUR-TV because of an ongoing labor dispute.

In a statement released this afternoon, Mark Connolly cited the dispute between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1228 and WMUR, saying that without an agreement in place, he would not participate. He called on his Democratic opponents to do the same.

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Despite being only 13 miles long, New Hampshire’s coastline has a variety of beaches on offer during the summer, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

As a part of our Life on the Seacoast series, NHPR’s Jason Moon is bringing us audio postcards from those beaches.

This week, we hear the sounds of Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye.

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Updated 08/26/2016:

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office issued a statement outlining their position on the legality of guns in schools when used as polling places.

Reporter Jason Moon joined All Things Considered host Peter Biello to discuss the statement.

The statement from the Attorney General's Office in full:

It’s official; the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge that connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Kittery, Maine is now permanently closed to motorists. The closure is the result of a mechanical failure that occured on Sunday, just ten weeks before the bridge was scheduled to permanently close in order to make way for its replacement, currently under construction.

Bill Boynton is with the state Department of Transportation.

“It pushed up the closing date. A 76-year-old bridge that certainly served both states well but had reached the end of its life.”

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Despite being only 13 miles long, New Hampshire’s coastline has a variety of beaches on offer during the summer, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

As a part of our Life on the Seacoast series, NHPR’s Jason Moon is bringing us audio postcards from those beaches.

This week, we hear the sounds of Hampton Beach.

 

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The political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England waded into the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday morning when it endorsed Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern. The move has exposed a disagreement among abortion rights activists over the role they should play in this election.

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For New Hampshire’s Seacoast, it’s no secret that climate change and the resulting rise in sea-level rise is one of the biggest challenges facing the region. But while the threat is well known, the ways Seacoast communities are preparing for it aren’t always what you’d expect. NHPR’s Jason Moon reports for our month-long series Life on the Seacoast.

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Despite being only 13 miles long, New Hampshire’s coastline has a variety of beaches on offer during the summer, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

As a part of our Life on the Seacoast series, NHPR’s Jason Moon is bringing us audio postcards from those beaches.

This week, we hear the sounds of Jenness State Beach in Rye.

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For over 15 years, a full-size backyard croquet court in Rye has attracted attention as one of the Seacoast’s roadside oddities. For our series Life on the Seacoast, NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on how it got there.

When you stand in the middle of Jim McLaughlin’s croquet court in Rye and look out at Route 1A, you can watch the people in passing cars turn their heads as they try to figure out just what they’re looking at.

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A crowd of roughly 1500 supporters greeted Donald Trump at his campaign stop in Windham Saturday night. And while their enthusiasm was clear, many also expressed trepidation over the way Trump made headlines last week.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump used a speech in Windham last night to criticize his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Speaking to a crowd of several hundred supporters in a gymnasium at Windham High School, Trump went on the offensive, using a line of attack usually employed by Hillary Clinton against him.

“So ‘unstable Hillary’ she lacks the judgement, temperament and moral character to lead this country. She is a dangerous liar – her greatest achievement is that.”

Despite being only 13 miles long, New Hampshire’s coastline has a variety of beaches on offer during the summer, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

As a part of our Life on the Seacoast series, NHPR’s Jason Moon is bringing us audio postcards from those beaches.

This week, we hear the sounds of Great Island Common in Newcastle.

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New Hampshire’s largest public employee labor union is throwing its weight behind Democrat Colin Van Ostern in his bid for governor. It’s the latest in a spate of union endorsements in the race.

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The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has a new commander. A change of command ceremony was held Friday morning.

Several hundred shipyard employees and Navy personnel gathered for the formal ceremony inside one of the shipyard’s massive warehouse-like structures.

Senator Kelly Ayotte gave brief remarks before Captain William Greene was officially relieved of command by Captain David Hunt.

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As Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president in Philadelphia last night, supporters in New Hampshire took in the moment at watch parties across the state.

Inside the offices of the Portsmouth Democratic Committee, about 30 people sat in folding chairs to watch the Democratic National Convention unfold.

As they waited for Hillary Clinton’s speech, the group heard from former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and spoke via speakerphone to New Hampshire delegates on the convention floor.

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