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
2:27 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Manchester Mayoral Candidates Gatsas, Arnold Trade Jabs In First Debate

Alderman Patrick Arnold, left, and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, right, square off in a debate at Saint Anselm College Wednesday morning.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Mayor Ted Gatsas and challenger Alderman Patrick Arnold met for their first debate Wednesday morning.

The candidates traded jabs during a discussion about the city’s rise in crime.

Alderman Patrick Arnold repeatedly took Mayor Ted Gatsas to task for what he called a lack of leadership.

Arnold proposes adding three to four police officers a year and expanding the community policing program.

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NH News
1:43 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

NH's Congressional Delegation Applauds Deal To End Shutdown

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is applauding a deal reached by Senate leadership to raise the debt ceiling and bring an end to the partial government shutdown.

Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, Ayotte, a Republican, says the shutdown went on far too long.

“And that’s why I’m glad we got out of our trenches, that we’re resolving this, that we are moving on. And I’m hoping that we can solve the greater fiscal challenges facing the nation by coming together.”

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NH News
10:13 am
Tue October 15, 2013

AG: Deadly Force Justified In Officer-Involved Manchester Shooting

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has determined that a state trooper’s use of deadly force was justified in a shooting in Manchester last month.

According to an autopsy, 45-year-old Wendy Lawrence of Canterbury died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was shot four times following a high-speed pursuit that ended in Manchester on Sept. 30.

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NH News
8:43 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Manchester Mayoral Candidates To Hold First Debate Wednesday

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas at a campaign fundraiser earlier this year.
Credit Michael Brindley for NHPR

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and challenger Alderman Patrick Arnold will off face in their first debate Wednesday morning.

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North Country
5:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Pittsburg Water Project Short $500K Needed To Complete Water Line

Enginfeer Mike Duffy talks about the technology inside the town's new pump station.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The town of Pittsburg is revamping its public water system.

It’s been a much-needed project; the issue came to a head in 2009 when the town was put under a boil order for several months after E. coli was detected in the drinking water.

But the town still needs another half a million dollars to finish the job.

When Rick Skarinka of the state’s drinking and groundwater bureau met with Pittsburg town officials, he decided blunt was the best approach.

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NH News
3:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Bipartisan Concern Growing About Economic Impact Of Shutdown In NH

Rep. Warren Groen, left, is joined by other House Republicans at a press conference in Concord Wednesday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

With the government shutdown now in its second week, there’s growing bipartisan concern in New Hampshire about the impact on state tourism and the local economy.

But there’s a difference of opinion on who’s to blame in Washington.

With Columbus Day weekend approaching, nearly two dozen campgrounds on federal land in the White Mountain National Forest remain closed due to the shutdown.

State Representative Warren Groen of Rochester says the state’s tourists and business owners are paying the price.

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North Country
4:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Two Hikers Caught In Storm Rescued From Mt. Madison

Mt. Madison on a clear day
Credit Laurie Tewksbury via Flickr Creative Commons

A search team rescued two hikers from the summit of Mount Madison early Tuesday morning, after they were caught in a severe rain and wind storm Monday evening.

Raymond Barnard and Stephanie Watkins, both of Brownville, Vermont, were hiking along the Pine Link Trail when heavy rain and winds approaching 90 miles per hour forced them to take shelter.

They called 911 around 7 p.m., as dense fog led to limited visibility and temperatures dropped.

Two Conservation Officers and two members of the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team found the couple around 1 a.m.

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NH News
2:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

UNH Study: Farmers Markets Growing, People Don't Mind Paying More

Credit WiscDeptNatlResources / Flickr/Creative Commons

A University of New Hampshire study of farmers markets in Rockingham and Strafford counties found that the markets are growing and people don’t mind paying more for local food.

The study, conducted between 2005 and 2010, consisted of two surveys, commissioned by the UNH Cooperative Extension and the College of Life Science and Agriculture.

One study surveyed 388 customers of two markets in the two counties.

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NH News
2:11 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Report: Soaring Student Debt In NH A Result Of Several Factors

A new report attempts to get to the bottom of why student debt is so high among New Hampshire colleges and universities.

The report’s conclusion?

There is no one single answer.

The report, commissioned by Granite State Management and Resources, cites several key reasons, including the lack of low-cost public colleges.

Research Brian Gottlob says New Hampshire also has a higher average income, which leads to families receiving less need-based aid.

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NH News
12:07 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

70-Year-Old Man Charged In Hampton Homicide

Law enforcement officials say they have charged a 70-year-old man with the murder of a Hampton man.

Peter Bartoloni is charged with second-degree murder, accused of killing 56-year-old Robert Roderick on Oct. 3.

Officials discovered Roderick dead in a home the following day.

An autopsy determined the cause of death to be multiple blunt impact injuries to the head.

Bartoloni will be arraigned at Seabrook District Court on Tuesday.

On the Political Front
8:35 am
Mon October 7, 2013

On The Political Front For Monday, Oct. 7

NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition host Rick Ganley to talk about the state's $76 million surplus and what it means for Governor Maggie Hassan politically.  Rogers also touches on the government shutdown and the reactions among members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation.

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NH News
3:41 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

UNH Gets $20M Gift - 2nd Largest In History - From 'Cosby Show' Producer

Marcy Carsey
Credit University of New Hampshire

Television producer Marcy Carsey has given $20 million to her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire.

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NH News
2:32 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Shaheen, Ayotte Donating Salary To Charity During Shutdown

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte
Credit www.shaheen.senate.gov

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says via Twitter that she's donating her salary to the New Hampshire Food Bank for as long as the government shutdown goes on.

"Congress needs to come together, got govt working again," Shaheen wrote in the tweet.

A spokeman from Sen. Kelly Ayotte's office released this statement Tuesday: “Any days that federal workers do not get paid, Sen. Ayotte will donate her salary to a New Hampshire charity.”

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Health
3:39 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Marketplace Navigator: Experience Without Health Insurance Drew Me To Job

Jaime Chabot, left, and Mariann White, right, are marketplace navigators for Planned Parent of Northern New England. They will be working directly with patients to help them enroll.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Open enrollment began today for the New Hampshire health insurance marketplace.

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Health
2:14 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

11K Enrolled For Medicaid Managed Care, More Than 100K To Go

State health officials say 11,000 people have signed up for Medicaid managed care since the open enrollment period launched a little more than two weeks ago.

The Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled a series of forums to help others sign up.

Medicaid recipients were given until late November to select from one of three out-of-state companies to manage their health care plans starting in December.

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