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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A Derry man will tee off Thursday in the 115th U.S. Open Championship.

Rich Berberian Jr., the reigning New England PGA Champion, earned a spot in the U.S. Open at a sectional qualifier in Purchase, New York.

Berberian works as a golf instructor at the Windham Country Club.

He’s set to tee off just after noon at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington.


The Manchester Monarchs will raise the team’s first Calder Cup championship banner Tuesday night.

The team clinched the title over the weekend, and will hold a celebration at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The event kicks off at 6 and is open to the general public.

The Monarchs beat the Utica Comets 2-1 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series Saturday night.

The team’s first championship will also be its last.

After 15 seasons in the Granite State, the Los Angeles Kings’ triple-A affiliate is moving to California.


The annual Laconia Motorcycle Week kicks off Saturday.

The event's executive director Charlie St. Clair says it typically brings in hundreds of thousands of riders to the Granite State.

"Our best year was in 2004. We had 430,000 people that year, but everything's weather dependent, of course," he said.

While the Lakes Region is seen as bike week central, he says it’s become a statewide event.

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The state’s two largest school districts – Manchester and Nashua – have a lot in common.

Both have high poverty and a diverse student population. And there’s a controversial educational practice they also share – leveling or, as it’s also called, tracking.

That’s when students are separated into different classes based on their past performance.

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An arts fair in Peterborough this weekend is aimed at the more budget-conscious arts consumer. Broke, the Affordable Arts Fair, features locally crafted work all priced under fifty dollars. The fair is being held this Saturday as part of the annual Thing in the Spring music festival.

Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne is co-founder of the fair, and she joined Morning Edition to talk about the event.

What's the idea behind the fair?

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With lawmakers facing a June 30 deadline to pass a two-year state budget, Senate and House leaders say speculation about a government shutdown is unfounded.

In a joint statement Wednesday, Senate President Chuck Morse and House Speaker Shawn Jasper said leaders in state government are doing everything in their power to make sure a budget is passed before the deadline.

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The Granite State real estate market is heating up. 

The Manchester-Nashua market was ranked among the top 20 hottest markets in the nation last month, according to Realtor.com.

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Dozens of the state’s top Republicans are urging Fox News not to limit the number of participants in its upcoming presidential debate.

In the letter signed by more than 50 members of the New Hampshire GOP, including two former governors and nine current state senators, the network is asked to reconsider its decision to only include 10 candidates in a debate scheduled for Aug. 6.

Despite more than a dozen confirmed or prospective Republican presidential candidates in the field, the network says it will use national polls to determine who makes the cut.


Three companies have been selected to open the state’s first four medical marijuana dispensaries.

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A judge says it was "pure censorship" when a man was arrested at an Alton selectmen’s meeting earlier this year for criticizing board members.

In his ruling, Judge James Carroll threw out the charge of disorderly conduct filed against Jeffrey Clay, and said the arrest was clearly an attempt to silence him.

"The state's actions...were content-based censorship, as the defendant was acting within the very rules promulgated by the board, as well within his Constitutional rights under the U.S. and N.H. constitutions," the judge wrote.


The state’s highest court has ruled that protesters who went around following parking attendants and feeding meters in Keene cannot be sued for damages.

Tuesday's decision states these so-called "Robin Hooders" are protected under the First Amendment as long as their actions remain nonviolent.


A New Hampshire golfer has qualified to compete in the US Open Championship.

Rich Berberian Jr., the reigning New England PGA champion, earned one of the four spots awarded at the sectional in Purchase, New York on Monday.

It was one of 10 sectionals held across the country yesterday.

Berberian lives in Derry and works as an instructor at the Golf Academy at the Windham Country Club.

He will compete next week in the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, near Seattle. 

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Senate President Chuck Morse has called for a review of the state liquor commission’s $2.5 million settlement with a Nashua-based warehouse company.

The April settlement ended pending litigation brought against the state by Law Warehouses.

The company had accused the liquor commission of violating its bidding procedures by going with an out-of-state competitor for a $200 million warehousing contract.

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While combating cyberbullying has been the emphasis for school officials and lawmakers of late, it turns out it may not be as emotionally damaging to children as traditional, in person bullying.

That’s according to a new study out of the University of New Hampshire.

Kimberly Mitchell is with the UNH Crimes Against Children Research Center. She was the lead researcher on the study, and joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about her findings.

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The Manchester Monarchs are two wins away from the team’s first Calder Cup championship.

An overtime goal Sunday gave the Manchester Monarchs a 2-1 victory in Game 2, and a commanding 2-0 lead in the series against the Utica Comets.

The Monarchs took Game 1 in overtime, as well.


In their final season in New Hampshire, the Manchester Monarchs could go out on a high note.

The team is headed to its first Calder Cup Finals. Game 1 is slated for Saturday night in Manchester against the Utica Comets.

Alex Hall covers the Monarchs for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

He joined NHPR's Morning Edition for a preview of the series.


It’s a sign of the times in Keene, where the city’s last-standing video rental store announced this week it’s closing up shop.

Video HeadQuarters opened in 1983, and at one time was one of the highest-grossing video stores in the nation.

But a rapidly evolving home entertainment industry finally caught up with the business. The store will close next month.

Owner Ken McAleer joined NHPR’s Morning Edition from his video store in Keene.

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Summer is fast approaching, and for children from low-income families, that means an end to the free or reduced price lunches they get in school.

Wednesday, the state Department of Education and the USDA kicked off the annual Summer Meals Program.

Last year, the program fed more than 300,000 meals to children across the Granite State, and organizers expect that number to grow this summer.

Cheri White, administrator for the state Department of Education’s Bureau of Nutrition, joined Morning Edition to talk about the program.

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New Hampshire 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta continues to deny any wrongdoing, despite reports released Tuesday that contradict his story about $355,000 he spent on his 2010 campaign.

Despite calls for his resignation from the state's top Republicans, Guinta said in a statement Tuesday he has no plans on stepping down.


A New Hampshire-based web application that aims to simplify the school dismissal process is getting a lot of attention.

PickUp Patrol, a student and parent-run startup company, was recently named the winner of the Ultimate New Hampshire Connection Tech Startup Competition.

The company’s founders spent Tuesday at the Statehouse, where they met with the governor and talked with industry experts about ways to grow the business.

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A movement to push Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to enter the presidential race will come to an end next week.

MoveOn.org and Democracy for America say the Run Warren Run movement will be suspended next Monday. The campaign began six months ago, though Warren has repeatedly insisted she isn’t running for president.

Organizers say the movement was successful in getting Democratic candidates in the race to focus on progressive issues such as income inequality.

Town of Derry

Deep budget cuts are causing controversy in the town of Derry.

At a meeting last month, the town council voted 4-3 to close one of the town’s fire stations. The budget also eliminates eight firefighter positions and cuts the department’s overtime budget by nearly half a million dollars.

Those opposed to the cuts are raising concerns about the impact on public safety.


A battle is brewing at Pembroke Academy, and it’s all over a name.

Hundreds of people, including many staff and students, have signed a petition opposing the local school board’s decision to switch the title of the school’s top job from headmaster to principal.

Manchester Monarchs

For the first time in franchise history, the Manchester Monarchs are headed to the Calder Cup Finals.

The Monarchs finished off a sweep of the Hartford Wolf Pack with a 3-1 win Wednesday night, capturing the team’s first American Hockey League Eastern Conference title.

Manchester will take on the winner of the Western Conference finals. The Utica Comets and the Grand Rapids Griffins are tied at a game apiece.

Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals will be June 6 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte continues to call for 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta to resign.

In an interview with NHPR's Morning Edition, Ayotte said if Guinta stays in office, the attention will continue to be on the Federal Election Commission's finding that he accepted more than $300,000 in illegal campaign donations from his parents in 2010. 

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us, marking the unofficial start of summer.

With the warm weather, farmers markets are opening for the season across the Granite State, but there aren't as many here as there used to be.

(Click here for the Department of Agriculture's directory of farmers markets for 2015, with times and dates)

Jane Lang is president of the New Hampshire Farmers Market Association. She joined Morning Edition to explain why.

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As part of our series, "The First Decade," Gov. Maggie Hassan sat down with NHPR's Morning Edition host Rick Ganley to talk about what role she sees state government playing in helping to close the opportunity gap.

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A Manchester elementary school teacher is on paid administrative leave after police say she held an underage drinking party at her home in Chester.

Steffany Maloney, a first-grade teacher at Gossler Park Elementary School, is charged with a misdemeanor, after police were called to her home early Sunday morning for complaints about a loud party.

Police say they found a half-dozen underage people passed out or intoxicated.

The teens were released to their parents.

Maloney is scheduled to be arraigned in Derry District Court on July 1.

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It makes sense that students who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to perform well at school.

And while data shows that across the country, more students than ever are benefiting from school breakfast programs, the Granite State continues to lag in that area.

A report earlier this year found New Hampshire ranks second to last in participation in the national school breakfast program among low-income students.

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Research is clear that parental involvement is critical to a child's success in school. But for a number of factors, that can be difficult for families in low-income households.

Maria Barry is the home and school coordinator for Ledge Street Elementary in Nashua, where 8 out of 10 students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Rick Ganley visited Maria in her office at the school to talk about some of the challenges she faces in her job, as well as some of the success stories she's seen.