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
8:35 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Gov. Hassan In Chicago For Education Forum

Governor Maggie Hassan is in Chicago for the next two days, where she will meet with other state leaders to discuss education.

Hassan is attending the 2013 Governors Education Symposium, which takes place Monday and Tuesday.

The forum is being held at Chicago’s Millennium Park and is sponsored by the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy.

Hassan's office says the National Governors Association is covering the cost of the trip.

NH News
7:59 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Says She'll Support Immigration Reform Bill

Sen. Kelly Ayotte on "Face The Nation."
Credit CBS

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte said this weekend that she will support immigration reform legislation currently under debate in the Senate.

Appearing Sunday morning on CBS’ Face the Nation, Ayotte said she has examined the bill and called it a "thoughtful, bipartisan solution to a tough problem."

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NH News
7:10 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Manchester School District Taps Fall Mountain Leader As New Superintendent

Debra Livingston
Credit Manchester School District

A search committee chose the next superintendent for the Manchester School District over the weekend.

Debra Livingston was chosen from a pool of three finalists and over 30 applicants to head the state’s largest school district.

The city’s Board of School Search Committee voted unanimously in favor of Livingston on Saturday, following a series of final interview with the finalists that morning.

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Education
11:21 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Manchester Superintendent Search Down To Three Finalists

The search for a new superintendent of the Manchester School District is expected to wrap up this weekend.

The search committee announced the names of three finalists for the job this week.

Two – Debra Livingston and Maureen Ward – are from New Hampshire.

Livingston is the superintendent of the Fall Mountain Regional School District, which covers several towns in the southwestern part of the state.

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NH News
3:24 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

4,067 N.H. Foreclosure Victims Getting Checks For $1,480

Approximately 4,000 New Hampshire borrowers who were foreclosed upon will receive a check this month for nearly $1,500.

To get the money, those who were eligible had to submit a valid foreclosure payment claim through the National Mortgage Settlement.

They had to have their mortgage serviced through one of the five major lenders involved in the settlement, and have been foreclosed upon between 2008 and 2011.

New Hampshire’s Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau Chief James Boffetti said 4,067 Granite State residents are receiving the checks.

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Blogs
11:38 am
Tue June 4, 2013

'A Taste of Milford' Pairs Local Cuisine With Downtown Shops

Inside Lisa's Sweets, Chef Dan St. Jean of Giorgio's Restaurant cooks up some asparagus and artichoke ravioli.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

So what is the real Taste of Milford?

Sean Trombly of Trombly Gardens believes he’s found it.

“I always tell people this is the true taste of Milford,” he said, as he served up a beef slider along Middle Street. “This is Milford-raised beef.”

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NH News
8:01 am
Mon June 3, 2013

New State Vegetable, Protection For First Responders Set To Become Law

Governor Maggie Hassan is set to sign three pieces of legislation into law this week.

Gov. Hassan will be joined by a group of students in Derry on Tuesday, when she signs HB 535 into law.

The bill establishes the white potato as the state vegetable.

It’s believed the first white potato grown in North America was grown in Derry in 1719. Students from the town advocated for the legislation to be passed.

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NH News
7:03 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Bass To GOP: Don't Be On 'Wrong Side Of History' With Same-Sex Marriage

As New Hampshire marked the fourth anniversary of legalizing same-sex marriage today, Former Republican Congressman Charlie Bass joined a group calling for national marriage equality.

As a congressman in 1996, Charlie Bass voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples.

But in late 2012, just before leaving office after losing his bid for re-election, he changed his position, supporting a bill to repeal the law.

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North Country
3:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

20th Annual Fields Of Lupine Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

The 20th Annual Fields of Lupine Festival gets underway this weekend. It runs from June 1-15. This is a picture from last year's festival.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The 20th annual Fields of Lupine Festival gets underway this weekend.

The event pays homage to the purple wildflower, which blossoms around this time each year in the North Country.

Festival organizers say the lupines are blooming, despite the recent cold weather and snow fall.

The festival kicks off with a parade through downtown Franconia on Saturday.

There will also be open air markets, concerts and an art show.

The festival ends on June 15.

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NH News
2:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Ceremony Recognizes A Debt 'As Great And As Old As This Nation'

Flags were set next to each of the approximately 6,000 graves at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Thursday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Hundreds turned out Thursday for a Memorial Day ceremony at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

There are roughly 6,000 people buried in the state’s veterans cemetery.

And Governor Maggie Hassen told the audience at Thursday’s ceremony that we owe our freedom to each of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

“Our debt to them and to all of those who died in service is as great and as old as this nation.”

It was a day to celebrate the lives of those lost serving their country.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Special Olympics Flame Makes Its Way Through Concord

Kerry Morency of Derry lights the Special Olympics flame at the State House Plaza in Concord on Wednesday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Special Olympics Summer Games kick off Friday at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

The Special Olympics flame made its way through Concord on Wednesday.

Kerry Morency of Derry had the honor of lighting the Special Olympics flame in the State House Plaza.

She’s been involved in Special Olympics since she was 12, and says she enjoys the camaraderie and the competition.

“Just having new friends, meeting new friends, old friends, and competing for the gold. Definitely for the gold medal.”

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NH News
3:22 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Sen. Ayotte To Speak About 'Never Contract With The Enemy' Bill At NHIOP

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte will be in New Hampshire Tuesday to speak about legislation she says makes it easier to cancel federal contracts with groups that support American enemies.

Ayotte will be at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at noon to speak about the bill titled “Never Contract with the Enemy.”

She will be joined by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Ayotte is also hosting a business roundtable discussion at her Manchester office Tuesday morning.

And she will tour a business in Hudson later in the day.

NH News
2:57 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

True Meaning Of Memorial Day Comes Into Focus At Ceremonies

NHPR / Michael Brindley

Communities across the Granite State recognized Memorial Day on Monday with celebrations and ceremonies.

Hundreds lined Mammoth Road in Londonderry, as the Londonderry High School marching band led the town’s Memorial Day parade.

Lori Zuzelski was among the spectators.

She talks about what brought her out for the event.

“Remembering the soldiers who fought for us, for our freedom, and my son is marching in the parade.”

Earlier that morning at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, members of American Legion and VFW laid wreaths at veteran memorials.

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NH News
2:03 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Events Set For This Weekend

Cities and towns across the Granite State are holding Memorial Day celebrations this weekend.

The towns of Fremont and Seabrook are hosting Memorial Day parades Sunday morning.

And later in the evening, Hampton will have fireworks on the beach, starting at dusk.

Monday morning, parades will be held in several New Hampshire communities, including Concord, Nashua, Derry, Salem and Hampstead.

Manchester holds its parade at 2 in the afternoon.

NH News
11:21 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen Support U.S. District Court Nominee

New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators are lauding President Obama's nomination of Judge Landya McCafferty to the state’s District Court Bench.

If confirmed, Judge McCafferty would be the first woman ever to serve in the position.

She has served as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of New Hampshire since 2010.

In a joint statement, Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen described McCaffety as quote- an incredibly qualified and accomplished individual with extensive federal court experience.

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