Michael Brindley

Newscast Producer/Reporter

Before coming to NHPR, 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. When he's not reporting, Michael can often be found searching for the best burrito in the Granite State and scouring local record stores for some classic vinyl.

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NH News
12:02 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

With Final Call, Community Pays Tribute To Fallen Brentwood Officer

Michael Brindley for NHPR

Thousands of police officers, first responders, friends and family packed the athletic stadium at Exeter High School Wednesday to pay tribute to fallen Brentwood officer Steve Arkell.

It was a week and a half ago when Arkell was killed in the line of duty responding to a domestic disturbance call.

At the memorial service, speakers paid tribute to a man they said put love of family and service to his community above all else.

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NH News
2:59 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Fallen Brentwood Officer Remembered For Kindness, Passion For Helping Others

A sign at Heav'nly Donuts in Brentwood pays tribute to Officer Steve Arkell.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Steve Arkell worked Mondays as a part-time officer for the Brentwood Police Department.

And it was Monday of last week when, responding to a routine domestic disturbance call, he was shot and killed in the line of duty.

But Arkell was much more than an officer to the small town of about 4,000 people.

Those who knew him recall a man with a genuine passion for family and community.  

If you’re looking for someone to talk to you about Arkell, there are few people more qualified than Exeter High School Athletic Director Bill Ball.

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NH News
7:47 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Investigators: Brentwood Man Set House On Fire, Other Answers May Never Come

Sgt. Joseph Ebert with the state police provides an update on the investigation into Officer Steve Arkell's murder.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A week after Brentwood Officer Steve Arkell was shot and killed, investigators say suspected gunman Michael Nolan intentionally set the fire that led an explosion, destroying the house.

Nolan was killed and officials fear they’ll never know why he opened fire.

Officer Arkell was killed responding to a domestic dispute between Nolan and his father, 86-year-old Walter Nolan.

Officials were able to get Walter Nolan away from the house before the explosion, but Sgt. Joseph Ebert with the state police says he’s been unable to provide any insight about what took place.

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NH News
3:53 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

One-Day Count Finds N.H.'s Homeless Population Down 14 Percent

The point-in-time homeless count being conducted.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A one-day, point-in-time count of New Hampshire’s homeless population earlier this year found a 14 percent decrease from the same count a year prior.

The state saw its biggest declines among those temporarily living with family or a friend – down 35 percent – and homeless families – down 14 percent.

However, the number of those staying in homeless shelter remained essentially the same.

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NH News
4:29 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Senate Adopts Plan To Address Medicaid Enhancement Tax Ruling

The state Senate approved its version of a fix for the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax today, a day after House lawmakers passed their own proposal.

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NH News
4:30 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Memorial Services Next Week For Fallen Brentwood Police Officer

Memorial services have been scheduled for Stephen Arkell, the Brentwood police officer killed responding to a domestic dispute Monday.

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NH News
3:36 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

House Approves Second Attempt At Repealing N.H.'s Death Penalty

Credit NHPR Staff

For the second time this year, House lawmakers have sent a proposal to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty to the state Senate.

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NH News
9:59 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Sen. Rausch Not Seeking Re-Election

State Sen. Jim Rausch, R-Derry.
Credit www.gencourt.state.nh.us/

State Senator Jim Rausch announced this morning he will not seek re-election.

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NH News
8:34 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Lawmakers To Weigh Plans To Fix Medicaid Enhancement Tax

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are voting this week on possible fixes to the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax, which two superior court judges have ruled to be unconstitutional.

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NH News
9:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

N.H. Native Preston Makes Makes It To Top Three On 'American Idol'

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New Hampshire native Alex Preston has made it to the top three on “American Idol.”

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NH News
12:01 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Executive Council OKs Duncan Appointment To N.H. Board Of Education

Credit @BillDuncan / Twitter

In a party line, 3-2 vote, the Executive Council confirmed the appointment of education activist Bill Duncan to the state Board of Education this morning.

The pick drew the ire of charter school advocates and Republicans.

Much of the debate Thursday centered on Duncan’s role as the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the state’s education tax credit program.

Republican Councilor Chris Sununu says that alone makes him a less than ideal choice.

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NH News
3:32 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Gov. Hassan Defends Highly-Criticized Pick For N.H. Board Of Education

Facing criticism from Republicans and charter school advocates, Governor Maggie Hassan maintains education activist Bill Duncan will be a good fit for the state Board of Education.

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NH News
10:56 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Ban On Hand-Held Cellphone Use While Driving Heads To Governor's Desk

Credit Jim Legans via Flickr CC

A bill that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving is headed to Governor Maggie Hassan’s desk, after the House passed the proposal this morning.

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NH News
11:31 am
Tue May 6, 2014

As Manchester Visitation Program Ends, Families May End Up On Wait Lists

The vigil outside the Manchester YWCA in August, days after murder-suicide carried out by Muni Savyon on Aug. 11. Savyon killed his 9-year-old Joshua during a supervised visit, then killed himself.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Manchester YWCA is ending its supervised visitation program, as of this weekend.

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A Matter Of Degrees
6:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

As Law Schools Recover, Online Learning Part Of The Equation

The University of New Hampshire School of Law.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The way the dean of the UNH School of Law John Broderick describes it, the precipitous drop in enrollment came on fast and furious.

“I don’t think anyone saw it coming. I don’t think anyone quite knows whether it’s over.”

According to the American Bar Association, enrollment at law schools across the country dropped by 11 percent last year, and is down by 23 percent since 2010.

And the University of New Hampshire School of Law hasn’t been immune.

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