Josh Rogers

Senior Political Reporter and Editor

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000 and serves as NHPR’s State House reporter. Before joining the staff, he lived in New York, where he worked for a number of different magazines. Josh’s award winning reporting can be heard locally but also regularly airs on national broadcasts of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Josh is also a frequent analyst on political talk shows in the state. He grew up in Concord, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Reed College.

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Politics
2:06 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Hassan Adds Staff

Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan names veteran statehouse staffers and an Obama campaign worker to advise on legislative matters, policy, and appointments:

Will Craig, who served as a Hassan aide during her time in the State Senate and as a spokesman during her campaign, will be her Policy Director.

Amy Kennedy, Deputy State Political director for President Obama's reelection campaign, will be Hassan's Policy Adviser. Kennedy, has also been a staffer in the Florida statehouse and worked for Planned Parenthood. 

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NH News
10:09 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Slippery Roads and Some Delays

NH roads are slippery this morning after the winter's first widespread snowfall .

Highway speed limits have been dropped to 45 miles an hour.

Laura McCarthy of the state Department of Transportation says travelers to should take it easy.

All the crews have been out all night so the reads are being treated, but it still remains that we’ve got winter weather,  so drive accordingly.

McCarthy says there have been no major accidents, but says there are been plenty of spin outs, and drivers off the road.

Politics
5:36 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

New Leaders Call for New Tone at Statehouse

Terie Norelli appearing on NHPR's The Exchange in 2010. Norelli was elected Speaker of the House for the next legislative session.
Credit Brady Carlson / NHPR

It's called Organization Day at the Statehouse - it's the day lawmakers are sworn in, leaders are elected, and, as they say, the future is yet unwritten.

NHPR's political reporter Josh Rogers joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with more on the House and Senate leaders and whether their calls for a new tone in the legislature were comments on the previous legislative session.

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Politics
1:05 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Hemingway To Seek GOP Chair

Andrew Hemingway
Credit Andrew Hemingway

A conservative activist who was the N.H. director of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign is running to be chairman of the state republican party.

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NH News
5:09 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Hassan Calls For Procurement Reform

Gov-elect Maggie Hassan and Therma-HEXX CEO Robert Barmore
Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan started at UNH where she discussed green launching pad – a program that provides funding and mentoring to green start- up companies. Hassan then visited Portsmouth’s Thema-HEXX, a 2011 grant recipient that won the NH High Tech Council’s product of the year for its heating and cooling technology. There, Hassan said she hoped to reform the state’s procurement process to make it easier for local entrepreneurs to do business with the state.

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Politics
5:33 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Jennifer Horn Seeking To Lead N.H. GOP

Credit Kelli True / NHPR

Jennifer Horn has run for congress twice: in 2008, she lost to democrat Paul Hodes; in 2010, Horn lost to fellow republican, Charlie Bass, in the primary.

More recently, Horn was active in Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The mother of 5 has also hosted a radio show and written a column for the Nashua Telegraph.

Horn says the party’s first order of business needs to be a point-by-point review what she called "the many causes" of the GOP’s poor showing in 2012. Horn says the party must modernize and stress its core principles.

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NH News
5:06 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Hassan Opens Budget Hearings With A Warning

Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan is telling executive branch agencies to rein in spending requests for New Hampshire’s next two-year budget. The new spending proposed by agency heads is 19 percent more than is funded in the current budget.

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Politics
5:06 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Norelli Set To Reclaim Speaker's Gavel

Terie Norelli as a guest on The Exchange, in 2010
Credit Brady Carlson / NHPR

New Hampshire house democrats voted Saturday to choose  former House speaker and current House minority leader Terie Norelli of Portsmouth as their nominee to lead the house for the next two years.

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All Things Considered
5:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

A Supreme Court Hearing For State's Only Death Row Inmate

New Hampshire's only death row inmate, Michael Addison, got a very long day in court Wednesday.

New Hampshire's highest court held what may be an unprecedented hearing - more than five hours - to review Addison's trial and his death sentence for the 2006 shooting of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

NHPR's Josh Rogers was at the hearing and he tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the day's events.

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Election 2012
5:25 am
Sat November 10, 2012

What An All-Female Delegation Says About N.H.

Maggie Hassan was elected governor of New Hampshire on Tuesday, as the state also voted in the first all-female congressional delegation.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 1:43 pm

The 2012 elections will be remembered for the pivotal role female voters played in re-electing President Obama. But in New Hampshire, it will be remembered as the year women swept all major races.

Democratic Congresswomen-elect Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter will join Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte in the nation's first all-female congressional delegation.

But another Granite State woman who won big Tuesday, Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan, is quick to stress that putting women in top offices is nothing new here.

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Elections 2012
2:56 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Hassan Tops Lamontagne With Ease

Credit Paul Filippov

Maggie Hassan’s 13 point win ended this race far earlier than many expected, and made her the second woman elected to N.H.’s corner office.

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Elections 2012
2:03 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Obama, Clinton Rally Democrats in Concord

President Bill Clinton, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor John Lynch and President Barack Obama wave to the crowd in downtown Concord
Credit Brady Carlson / NHPR

President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton rallied a crowd of 14,000 people in Concord New Hampshire Sunday. It was Mr. Obama’s final bit of local campaigning, and it came in the wake of new UNH poll that shows him in a tie with Republican Mitt Romney.

New Hampshire has just 4 electoral votes but you wouldn’t know it the way the both presidential campaigns are stumping here. This rally brought our democrats in force. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Governor John Lynch urged the President’s re-election. The Former President Bill Clinton made his case. 

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NH News
12:46 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Lynch Says Sandy Did Little Long-Term Damage

Governor John Lynch is visiting storm damaged areas in Hampton, Dover and Bedford this afternoon. At a morning news briefing Lynch said the effects of Hurricane Sandy won’t linger as long as past storms, but will still cause hardship.

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Elections 2012
5:41 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Obama Rallies In Nashua

Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

The President rallied more than 8000 supporters at a Nashua middle school within a few miles of the  Massachusetts border. Mr. Obama made of point of attacking Mitt Romney’s record there.

"He pushed through a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefited 278 of the wealthiest families in the state and then he raised taxes and fees on middle class families to the tune of $750 million. Does that sound familiar to you?

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It's All Politics
4:27 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Tiny N.H. Draws Big Money And Names To Gubernatorial Race

Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne talk during a break in their gubernatorial debate in Henniker, N.H., on Oct. 4.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 7:45 pm

There are 11 gubernatorial races this fall, and one of the most competitive is in the swing state of New Hampshire.

There, Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan are vying to replace a popular Democrat who opted not to seek a fifth term. Both political parties and outside advocacy groups are pushing hard in a race where neither candidate enjoys a clear edge.

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