Michael Brindley

Morning Edition producer

Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor. Michael started his career in journalism working as a reporter for the Derry News. Michael is a New Hampshire native, born and raised in Nashua. He studied journalism at Keene State College.


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A report this week found New Hampshire is first in the nation, but not in a good way.

The annual report by the Project on Student Debt found on average, college graduates here in New Hampshire are racking up more student debt than anywhere else in the nation.

The analysis looked at seniors in the class of 2015, and found those who graduated from Granite State colleges and universities left on average with $36,101 in debt. (Read the report here)

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Wednesday night is the third and final presidential debate, and marks the last chance for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to make their case to voters on a national stage.

Kathy Sullivan of Manchester is a member of Democratic National Committee.

She joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the debate.


  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take the stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate.

Republican National Committeewoman Juliana Bergeron of Keene joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the debate and what she’s hoping to hear from Trump.

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  A new report finds college graduates in New Hampshire are leaving with the highest student debt in the nation.

Students who graduated from New Hampshire colleges and universities in 2015 left with an average of $36,101 in debt.

New Hampshire consistently ranks near the top in the annual Project on Student Debt report, which released its latest findings Tuesday.

The report shows average student debt in New Hampshire jumped 8 percent from 2014 to 2015.

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In the weeks leading up to the election, NHPR reporters will travel throughout the state to talk with people on the ground about what’s shaping their votes.

NHPR’s Michael Brindley caught up last week with libertarian Steve O’Brien.

He’s 29 years old and was attending a campaign rally in Keene to hear from libertarian Bill Weld, presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s running mate.

The 16th annual New Hampshire Film Festival kicks off in Portsmouth Thursday.

Nearly 100 films will be screened over the four-day event. Those films were chosen from more than 1,000 submissions.

“It’s our thirteenth year in Portsmouth, and every year, it’s just grown exponentially,” says Executive Director Nicole Gregg. “It gained word of mouth and just kept bringing filmmakers back year after year as they created and produced new films. We just have such a huge alumni base now.”

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With New Hampshire seen as a key battleground state in the presidential race, both sides will continue to focus their attention on the Granite State this week.

Michelle Obama will visit New Hampshire Thursday to campaign for Hillary Clinton.

The First Lady will hold a rally for the Democratic presidential nominee at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. 

And after holding an event in Sandown last week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to return for a campaign rally Saturday in Portsmouth.

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After months of walking a tightrope when it comes to her position on Donald Trump, New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte now says she can’t support her party’s presidential nominee.

This comes after the release of an 11-year-old video in which Trump bragged about using his position of power to sexually assault women.

New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte released a new ad Wednesday in which she continues to try and distance herself from comments she made Monday about Donald Trump being a role model for children.

"Let's be honest: both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are far from perfect, and I'm not perfect, either," Ayotte says as she strolls along the campus of Saint Anselm College, speaking directly to the camera. 

She then goes on to tout her bipartisan credentials in the ad.

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The Boston Red Sox kick off their run for the team’s fourth World Series title in 12 years Thursday night, when they face the Cleveland Indians for Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

Pete Abraham covers the Red Sox for the Boston Globe, and he joined NHPR’s Morning Edition for a preview of the series.

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New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says that while Donald Trump isn't a role model for children, she trusts him on  policy issues and appointing justices to the United States Supreme Court. 

At the Deerfield Fair, you’ve got giant pumpkins, magic shows, and plenty of fried food. And even with all that, you can’t escape politics this time of year.

And with just about a month to go before voters head to the polls, Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spent a day at the fair talking with people about their thoughts on the presidential election.

There’s a lot of mooing going on, as about a half-dozen highland cows parade around with their owners for Friday morning’s cattle competition.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party has changed the controversial name of its Jefferson-Jackson dinner, an annual fundraiser held in the fall.


The town of Bedford is one of about 40 communities across New Hampshire waiting to hear how the state will respond to the recent education funding lawsuit decision.

A Sullivan County Superior Court judge ruled earlier this month the state’s cap on adequacy grants to fast-growing school districts was unconstitutional.

The city of Dover filed the suit, and was awarded one point five million dollars as reimbursement for the last fiscal year. The ruling also entitled other affected districts to back pay for last year.

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Members of the public who had been able to listen in on police communication in New Hampshire’s largest city are now in the dark.

The Manchester Police Department earlier this month encrypted all police radio transmissions, silencing scanners and apps that could monitor the communication.

A state police captain is set to be nominated as the next head of the New Hampshire State Police.

Gov. Maggie Hassan says she will put forth the nomination of Captain Christopher Wagner of Litchfield as director of the state police at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting.

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says it's too early to say whether bombing suspect Ahmed Rahami, an American citizen, should be tried as an enemy combatant, as Donald Trump suggested Monday.

"As an American citizen, you can be treated as an enemy combatant, depending on the situation. But I think it would be premature to say something like that here not knowing all the facts," Ayotte told NHPR's Morning Edition Tuesday.


A Laconia High School English teacher has been named the state’s top educator.

Tate Aldrich was named the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year at a surprise ceremony at the school Friday.

Aldrich has been teaching English for eight years, all of them at Laconia High School, which also happens to be his alma mater.

Tate Aldrich joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the award.

What was your reaction when you learned you won?

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Democratic Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern won his party's nomination for governor Tuesday. He'll face fellow councilor and Republican Chris Sununu in the general election.

Van Ostern spoke with NHPR's Morning Edition the day after the primary.

There’s a crisis facing New Hampshire’s dairy industry.

Nineteen of the state’s 120 wholesale dairy farms have closed this year.

Now, there’s growing concern about what kind of relief – if any – might be available for these farmers and where the industry goes from here.


Donald Trump is back in New Hampshire Thursday.

The Republican presidential nominee is set to hold a campaign rally at Laconia Middle School at 7:30 p.m.

This comes as a report by Politico this week finds that Trump’s former campaign manager – New Hampshire resident Corey Lewandowski – has become increasingly more involved with the campaign behind the scenes.

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Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Sununu was among the high-profile Republicans who called on 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta to step down last year in the wake of a $355,000 campaign finance violation. 

Now, Sununu says he no longer holds that position, even though the facts of the case remain the same.

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Republican Rich Ashooh has conceded to incumbent Frank Guinta in their primary in the state's 1st Congressional District.

With 96 percent reporting, Guinta leads Ashooh by 661 votes, or about 1 percent of the vote. 

Wednesday morning, Ashooh issued a statement, saying that despite the close margin, "I am conceding this race to my opponent so that the Republican ticket may immediately position itself for victory in November." 

Southern New Hampshire University has reached a deal with ITT Educational Services that will let students at Daniel Webster College in Nashua complete their degrees.

Under a “teach out” agreement, SNHU will take on all of the college’s 550 students, and says it will hire as many Daniel Webster College faculty members as possible.

Students with 90 or more credits will be able to earn a degree from Daniel Webster College this year, while all other students will be able to transition to SNHU programs.

Donald Trump and Tim Kaine are both headed back to New Hampshire on the same day, a sign of the increasing importance of this battleground state in the presidential election.

The Republican presidential nominee and the Democratic vice presidential candidate will both be in New Hampshire Thursday, but in different parts of the state.

Trump is set to hold a campaign rally at Laconia Middle School, according to his campaign schedule.

The rally kicks off at 7:30 p.m. 

Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte and challenger Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan have agreed to six debates in the race for U.S. Senate.

But the two candidates are already tussling over whether to add one more to the list.

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Two Republican candidates for governor are calling on the state to tear up a recently-approved, $36.5 million contract with Dartmouth Hitchcock, following the hospital's announcement it will lay off hundreds of workers.

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All this week on Morning Edition, we've been talking with the Republican candidates for governor.

Chris Sununu of Newfields has been a member of the state's Executive Council since 2011. 

He's also CEO of Waterville Valley Ski Resort.

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All this week on Morning Edition, we're talking with the Republican candidates for governor. 

Ted Gatsas is in his seventh year as mayor of Manchester, the state's largest city.


With its parent company shutting down, the future of Daniel Webster College is uncertain.

ITT Educational Services purchased the Nashua college in 2009. The chain of for-profit colleges announced this week its more than 130 technical institutes across the country would close immediately.