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
4:50 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Gov. Hassan Nominates Four Judges To Circuit Court

Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to nominate four judges to the circuit court during an Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

Hassan says she will nominate Susan Carbon of Chichester, Robert James Foley of Dover, Margaret-Ann Moran of Manchester, and Patricia Quigley of Concord.

The Governor’s Judicial Selection Commission, a bipartisan panel, recommended all four candidates for the appointments.

Hassan says each nominee has decades of experience working in the state’s judicial system.

NH News
6:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

For Many Out Of Work, Recession Meant Returning To School - At A Cost

Angela Rodgers of Nashua lost her job working in child care at the start of the recession. She decided to go back to school, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

As the recession took its toll on workers across New Hampshire, many decided to go back to school to weather the storm.

But the cost of college being higher than ever meant having to consider whether it was really worth the investment.

Amid a sea of job-seekers and potential employers, Angela Rodgers sits alone at a table at a job fair in Nashua.

She’s filling out another application.

Rodgers is a 35-year-old single mother and had been working in child care, but, like many, lost her job at the start of the recession.

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On the Political Front
8:21 am
Mon November 18, 2013

On The Political Front For Nov. 18

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about how the Democratic members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation - all facing re-election next fall - are now supporting changes to the Affordable Care Act.  

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NH News
3:44 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Rockingham County Attorney Argues Suspension Was Unconstitutional

Credit Rockingham County Attorney's office

Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams is seeking to get his job back, arguing his suspension by the New Hampshire Attorney General was unconstitutional.

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NH News
10:46 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Republican Karen Testerman Makes 2014 U.S. Senate Bid Official

Karen Testerman, center, speaks with supporters Tuesday night at an event in Manchester.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Conservative activist and radio talk show host Karen Testerman announced her bid for U.S. Senate Tuesday night.

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NH News
3:20 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Special Election Will Be Needed To Fill Burton's Executive Council Seat

Governor Maggie Hassan will need to call a special election to fill the District 1 Executive Council seat left vacant following the death of Ray Burton.

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NH News
3:46 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Merrimack Town Councilors Vote In Favor Of Suing State Over Toll Booths

This toll booth catches drivers as they get on the F.E. Everett Turnpike heading south from Merrimack. There are similar toll booths at the other two exit ramps in town.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Town councilors in Merrimack have voted in favor of pursuing a lawsuit against the state in an attempt to get relief from toll booths.

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NH News
2:27 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

At N.H. Veterans Cemetery, Reminder That Many Still Serving In Afghanistan

A soldier looks on at the Veterans Day ceremony at the State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Hundreds turned out Monday for a Veterans Day ceremony at the State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

The music of the New Hampshire National Guard band greets visitors, as they gather at the site where roughly 6,000 Granite State veterans are buried.

Adjutant General of the National Guard William Reddel remarks at the impressive turnout.

“Every year the crowd gets bigger, and bigger and bigger. So what is today all about? It’s really about celebrating the 28 million veterans that are living in the United States today. And the 128,000 that call New Hampshire home.”

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NH News
9:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Gov. Hassan: Veterans Day A Time To Show Respect To Those Who've Served

Gov. Maggie Hassan speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony at the State House in Concord.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Governor Maggie Hassan spoke at a Veterans Day ceremony at the State House this morning.

She says the day is a time for ordinary citizens to show the respect and admiration they have for those who have served.

“I don’t know that we can ever really do anything that matches the commitment and sacrifices that you have all made, but today is one of the ways we try to do that.”

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NH News
1:52 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Says She's Confident Supreme Court Will Uphold Death Sentence

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she’s pleased with the state Supreme Court's ruling this week to uphold the conviction of Michael Addison

Addison was found guilty and sentenced to death for shooting and killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in 2006.

As attorney general, Kelly Ayotte was the lead prosecutor in the Addison case and she featured her role in her 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Ayotte says she expects the court will uphold Addison’s death sentence.

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NH News
4:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Report: Man Who Shot Son At Manchester YWCA Was Not Searched

The vigil outside the Manchester YWCA 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 man who killed his 9-year-old son and then himself during a supervised visit at the Manchester YWCA in August was not searched before entering the building.

The state Attorney General’s office released its final report on the incident on Thursday.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin says investigators interviewed employees who were working at the YWCA the day Muni Savyon killed his son Joshua.

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Education
12:45 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

'Nation's Report Card:' N.H. Students Rank High In Math, Reading Proficiency

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New Hampshire fourth- and eighth-grade students continue to rank among the nation’s best in math and reading.

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NH News
11:08 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Rockingham County Attorney, Deputy Suspended Amid Investigation

Jim Reams
Credit Rockingham County Attorney's office

Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams has been suspended as state and federal officials conduct an investigation into "managerial and operational" issues in the office.

Deputy County Attorney Tom Reid has also been placed on administrative leave.

At a press conference Thursday morning, Attorney General Joe Foster said a complaint made to his office by a former employee prompted the investigation.

Foster wouldn’t go into the nature of the complaint, but said he has stripped Reams of his prosecutorial authority until further notice.

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NH News
3:58 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Warner Brothers Asks UNH To Change 'Harry Potter' Class To Avoid Confusion

James Krasner, professor of English, teaches “Harry Potter as Storytelling: An Online Adventure for the Young Fan."
Credit University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire has received a cease and desist letter from Warner Brothers regarding a new online course centered on the series of Harry Potter books.

Michelle Gluck, special counsel for the University System of New Hampshire, says Warner Brothers sent the letter because they were concerned people would think they had sponsored the course.

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NH News
1:18 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

N.H. Supreme Court Upholds Addison Conviction, Will Review Death Penalty

The ruling from the New Hampshire Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court has upheld the capital murder conviction of Michael Addison, but says it will need further review before ruling on his death sentence.

In a 243-page ruling released this afternoon, the justices unanimously affirmed Addison’s conviction for fatally shooting Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006.

The justices said they found no reversible error with regard to Addison’s appeal of his conviction.

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