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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NH News
3:09 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Sen. Shaheen Says She Supports Assault Weapons Ban In Wake Of CT Shooting

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen during a tour of Polartec in Hudson Monday.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she supports a federal ban on assault rifles.

But Shaheen says more needs to be done to prevent tragedies like the one that happened in Newtown, Connecticut Friday.

Shaheen says there needs to be a comprehensive response to the school shooting.

Twenty-six people were killed in the shooting, including 20 children.

Shaheen says the nation must make sure mental health services are available for those who need it.

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NH News
10:30 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Review: Failures In Preparation, Breakdowns In Communication In Greenland Drug Raid

The findings of the review commission in the Greenland shooting were released Friday.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

An independent review has concluded a trained tactical team should have been used in a Greenland drug raid earlier this year.

The determination was among numerous critiques in a report issued Friday. 

The review commission characterized the operations plan of the drug raid in Greenland on April 12 as lacking sufficient detail.

The report questioned the timing of the raid and raised concerns about management and oversight of the operation.

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NH News
4:54 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Two N.H. Lawmakers Work Across Aisle To Craft Education Funding Amendment

Failing to reach consensus on a constitutional amendment to change the state’s education funding formula has become an annual rite of passage for lawmakers.

But Democratic Representative Gary Richardson of Hopkinton believes next year will be different.

Richardson is working with state Senator Nancy Stiles, a Hampton Republican, to come up with a proposed amendment to be considered in the next legislative session.

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The Exchange
5:34 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Bishop Gene Robinson: SCOTUS Will Overturn Defense Of Marriage Act

Gene Robinson on The Exchange
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

Bishop Gene Robinson predicts the United States Supreme Court will rule the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

Appearing on NHPR’s The Exchange, Robinson also says the Supreme Court will reaffirm a lower court decision to overturn a California law banning same-sex marriages.

“I think they won’t make marriage equality the law of the land, but I think they will reaffirm this case for California, reinstating marriage there, and by so doing, they will signal the rest the country, this is coming to a theater near you.”

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NH News
3:09 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Project Homeless Connect Event Gives Access To Social Services, Food, Clothing

The Green Street Community Center in Concord hosted the Project Homeless Connect event Wednesday.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

Erin Fennelly couldn’t keep the smile off her face as she put the finishing touches on a haircut Wednesday morning.

A haircut with Fennelly normally costs $22 at Peter’s Images Unlimited salon.  But this haircut is free.

It’s part of the Project Homeless Connect event in Concord.

The project is a national effort, meant to gather health and social services under one roof for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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NH News
9:53 am
Wed December 12, 2012

On 12/12/12, Here Are 12 Things You May Not Know About N.H.

New Hampshire Statehouse
Credit Ben McLeod / Flickr Creative Commons

It's 12/12/12 (also known as mic check day...get it?).

Barring some major breakthroughs in science that will get y0u to Jan. 1, 2101,  this is the last repeating date you'll see in your lifetime. 

To celebrate this momentous occasion, here's a compilation of a dozen random facts about New Hampshire you may or may not already know. Be a showoff. Share them with your friends.

1. The first mechanical alarm clock was invented by Levi Hutchins of Concord in 1787.

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NH News
2:48 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Reopening 12 Beds At State Hospital Part Of Plan To Improve Mental Health Care

New Hampshire Hospital
Credit Thomas Fearon

The state Department of Health and Human Services announced plans to temporarily reopen 12 beds at the state’s psychiatric hospital.

The state now needs to find more than $2 million to cover the cost.

Mental health advocates say the plan to add beds at New Hampshire Hospital is an encouraging first step in addressing long waiting lists for treatment.

But Ken Norton with the state chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill says there is still much work to be done.

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NH News
5:09 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Shaheen, Ayotte Proposals For Fiscal Cliff Deal Reflect National Partisan Debate

With a Jan. 1 deadline for the so-called fiscal cliff looming, New Hampshire’s senators are in the Granite State and discussing what needs to be done to reach a deal. 

At an event meant to celebrate New Hampshire’s all-female delegation last week, the most excited crowd reaction came when the discussion turned to dealing with the nation’s fiscal issues.

“The biggest issue for me is that we are 16 trillion in debt," Sen. Kelly Ayotte said during a celebration of the state's all-female delegation last week.

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NH News
12:16 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

N.H. Fish And Game Offering Free Ice Fishing Classes

If you're planning on trying your hand at ice fishing this winter, probably best to brush up on the dos and don'ts before heading out.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s "Let’s Go Fishing Program," in partnership with other groups, is offering several free ice fishing class. They are open to anyone, though those under 16 are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult. Those planning on going are asked to call ahead to reserve spaces.

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NH News
12:20 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Ayotte: We'll Have A Female President In My Lifetime, But It Won't Be Me

The nation's first all-female delegation gathered at Saint Anselm College Friday. From left, Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan, Rep.-elect Ann Kuster, Rep.-elect Carol Shea-Porter, Sen, Kelly Ayotte and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

While seen as a rising star in her party, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has no plans to be the nation's first female president.

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NH News
6:45 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

State's Largest Department Gets To Work Meeting Hassan's Budget Demands

Nick Toumpas

State department heads will spend the coming weeks working to meet Governor-elect Maggie Hassan’s mandate to cut spending by 3 percent next year.

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NH News
5:57 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Gov.-Elect Hassan Tells Agencies To Cut Back 3 Percent In 2013 Budgets

Maggie Hassan
Credit Paul Filippov

Gov.-Elect Maggie Hassan is instructing state agencies to make 3 percent cuts in next year’s budgets.

In a memo sent out Wednesday to department heads, Hassan says the budget targets will give the state flexibility to deal with unexpected financial issues.

The directive requires agencies to craft budgets for Fiscal Year 2013 that are 97 percent of this year’s adjusted appropriations.

For Fiscal Year 2014, Hassan wants budgets that are 100 percent of the adjusted 2013 spending.

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NH News
4:53 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

N.H. Tourism Officials Predict 6.7M Visitors Will Spend $860M This Winter

Skiing in the White Mountains

After a rough winter season last year, New Hampshire tourism officials predict nearly seven million people will visit the state between now and the end of February.

The state Division of Travel and Tourism Development says those tourists are expected to spend $860 million, which would be up by 9 percent over last year.

Those figures come from the Institute for New Hampshire Studies.

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NH News
1:45 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

A.G. Report: No Wine Was Ever Stolen From Portsmouth Liquor Store

State liquor store.
Credit Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr/Creative Commons

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office says an investigation has found that no wine was ever missing from a Portsmouth state liquor outlet.

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NH News
1:36 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bedford Leaders Hope Forum Will Calm Fears After Home Invasion

Bedford Town Manager Jessie Levine knows that statistics showing her town is one of the safest in the state have little meaning if residents don’t feel secure in their homes.

“The statistical safety and the sense of safety are two different things. We can reassure people that Bedford has a low crime index and that our police are doing everything they can but unless they actually really feel that then we’ve been unable to get that message across.”

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Politics
11:43 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Familiar Faces Elected As Leaders In N.H. House And Senate

Terie Norelli

The leaders appointed by the newly elected state Legislature Wednesday are familiar faces.

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NH News
3:45 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Protection Of 215 Acres In Durham Among Projects Receiving LCHIP Grants

The preservation of the Gilman Garrison House in Exeter is one 18 projects receiving funding through LCHIP. The project is receiving $11,000.
Credit Land & Community Heritage Investment Program

The protection of 215 acres of land in Durham is among 18 conservation and preservation projects to receive funding through the Land & Community Heritage Investment Program.

The program this week announced it would be awarding $475,500 in grants, spread out in various amounts among the 18 projects.

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NH News
3:33 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Gov. Lynch Tells The Exchange He Has No Interest In A Job In Washington, D.C.

Gov. John Lynch and Laura Knoy.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

In an exit interview of sorts with The Exchange Tuesday morning, Gov. John Lynch said he has no interest in pursuing elected office in Washington, D.C.

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NH News
12:05 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Young Adult Employment In N.H. Booming, But How Good Are The Jobs?

Credit Kandy Jaxx / Flickr

Seventy-two percent of young adults age 20 to 24 in the Granite State had a job last year.  That’s according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Youth and Work report

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NH News
11:04 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Canaan Students, Sculptor Create N.H.'s Official Christmas Ornaments

One of the ornaments created by students at the Indian River School in Canaan.
Credit NH Department of Cultural Resources

Students from the Indian River School in Canaan worked with sculptor Emile Birch to create New Hampshire's official ornaments for the 2012 National Christmas Tree.

The tree will be on display at President's Park in Washington, D.C. throughout December.

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Health
10:02 am
Mon December 3, 2012

N.H. Health Officials Stress Importance Of Flu Vaccines

Credit BC Gov Photos / Flickr Creative Commons

State health officials are urging people to get their annual flu vaccination.

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NH News
4:12 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

With Spike In Right To Know Requests, State Looks To Balance Access With Cost

As the number of Right to Know requests being filed with state agencies increases, officials are trying to balance access to public documents with the cost of fulfilling the queries.

Deputy Attorney General Ann Rice has been working with the state for 20 years and has seen a steady increase in the volume of Right to Know requests filed each year.

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NH News
12:35 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

'Roadmap' Offers Solutions To Rise Of Child Poverty In N.H.

Increasing access to existing food resources, strengthening New Hampshire's food systems, and ensuring the economic security of children and families.

These were among the recommendations found in "Roadmap to End Childhood Hunger," a report issued this week by New Hampshire Hunger Solutions and the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire.

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NH News
12:18 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Stalking Charge Leads To Late-Night Arrest At Manchester Airport

Daniel Pinard
Credit Nashua Police Department

A Manchester man was arrested at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Thursday night and charged with stalking.

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Education
2:28 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Dartmouth College Names Alum Philip Hanlon As New President

Credit Dartmouth College

The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees has elected alum Philip Hanlon as the school's new president.

Hanlon, 57, is currently provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, where he is also the Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics. Hanlon, a 1977 Dartmouth graduate, will be the college's 18th president.

Hanlon will take office on July 1. He succeeds Jim Yong Kim, who left the college in April to serve as president of the World Bank.

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NH News
1:59 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Nashua Rep.-Elect Stacie Laughton To Step Down

Stacie Laughton
Credit Courtesy of Twitter

Nashua Democrat Rep.-elect Stacie Laughton has decided to step down.

Laughton announced her decision to resign Thursday, though the question remains whether her criminal history disqualified her from serving office.

Earlier this week, news reports surfaced that she had been convicted of a felony.  But she remained undecided about whether to resign.  Laughton said Republicans calling for her resignation were not a factor in her decision.

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Politics
9:41 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Flags At Half Staff in N.H., Sen. Rudman To Be Memorialized in D.C.

Warren Rudman

Flags are at half-staff across the Granite State Thursday to honor former U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman, who passed away last week.

Rudman, who served two terms as a Republican Senator for New Hampshire, was 82 when he passed away Nov. 19. He served from 1980 to 1993. 

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