NHPR Staff

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You know our very own Sean Hurley. He's the voice behind some of NHPR's most memorable stories, like the one about that soccer game in Sandwich, and that one about the guy building his very own castle

Josh Rogers

Bob Smith says he's back in New Hampshire, running for his old U.S. Senate seat, because too many people in Washington have no sense of urgency or vision to restore the nation to greatness.  

“It’s not about me, nor is it about any other candidate. It’s not about any political party, it’s not about republicans or democrats, its about saving the united states of America.”

April 11, 2013

Nearly 24 years after the courts first ordered a new facility for female inmates, the New Hampshire House has approved a capital budget with $38 million set aside for a 224-bed women’s prison in Concord.

NHPR’s Emily Corwin tells us how a class action lawsuit is driving lawmakers to act now.

May 9, 2013

Fiddleheads are the whimsical, tightly coiled spiral of fern sprouts that push their way up from under the layers of winter debris on the forest floor. They are also a regional and seasonal delicacy, once you find them. Reporter Sam Evans-Brown catches up with people who harvest the sprouts to learn why fiddlehead patches are such closely guarded secrets.

Aug. 26, 2013 – Aug. 28, 2013

Advance directives—sometimes called living wills—let people decide who can make medical decisions for them and what invasive treatments should be avoided at the end of life. Many in the healthcare system say they are vital plans that ensure a patient’s voice is heard, but only 25% of Granite Staters have signed advance directives.

In this series, Health Reporter Todd Bookman digs into why so few people set up advance directives, examines efforts to increase that number, looks at the impact of not having a completed advance directive.

April 2, 2013

During the 2013 legislative session, state lawmakers intensely debated whether to raise New Hampshire’s gas tax.  The current rate hasn’t gone up in nearly 20 years.  During the debate, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Transportation repeatedly pointed toward a backlog of more than a billion dollars in maintenance projects and 1600 miles of roads that need to be rebuilt.  But New Hampshire is a state historically opposed to raising taxes and lawmakers ultimately decided not to pass a higher rate.

New Hampshire is one of seven court districts where a powerful Mexican drug kingpin faces indictment. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel, was arrested last weekend in Mexico on charges of drug trafficking.

In September 2012, New Hampshire prosecutors announced the arrest of four other high ranking members of the Sinaloa cartel—including a cousin of Guzman—after an international investigation involving FBI undercover agents and the Boston Police Department.

February 17, 2013

New Hampshire is a gun-friendly state where gun owners face few restrictions. We also have very little gun violence and after the massacre in Newtown we decided to examine our state’s complicated gun culture. The newsroom produced the documentary A Loaded Issue that included a look at our state’s gun laws, the business of manufacturing guns, how parents are prosecuted in accidental shootings, the culture around open carry and the efforts to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

February 11, 2013 - February 15, 2013

New Hampshire is a gun-friendly state where gun owners face few restrictions. We also have very little gun violence and after the massacre in Newtown we decided to examine our state’s complicated gun culture. The newsroom produced a series titled A Loaded Issue that included a look at our state’s gun laws, the business of manufacturing guns, how parents are prosecuted in accidental shootings, the culture around open carry and the efforts to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

March 14, 2013 - May 24, 2013

During the 2013 legislative session New Hampshire grappled with the question of whether to allow the state’s first casino.  NHPR followed the debate at the State House but also wanted to better understand the larger implications.  We sent a reporter to Washington, Pa. where Millennium Gaming runs a casino.  The company hopes to build a casino in New Hampshire.  Throughout our coverage we learned how the area has benefited, but also looked into the social costs of gambling.

A group of developmentally disabled New Hampshire residents, along with the agencies that provide services for them, are heading to court later this week. They’re seeking to block the state’s plan to shift management of those services to private, out-of-state entities…a move the state says is necessary to cut costs. As NHPR’s Todd Bookman reports, the fight puts Governor Maggie Hassan, who has a disabled son, in a difficult position.

February 5, 2013 – November 14, 2013

The most critical issue New Hampshire faced in 2013 was how to adopt and roll out the ACA. And those decisions didn’t come easily. State lawmakers must still decide whether to expand Medicaid and because of New Hampshire’s small size, only one insurance company offers plans on the federally-run online marketplace. Reporter Todd Bookman followed the twists and turns of the ACA and produced a mix of daily and feature stories to illustrate our state’s complicated relationship with the law.

July 10, 2013

In the past few years there’s been a resurgence in American moonshine, including high-end bottles on liquor store shelves. The movement comes thanks in no small part to the Discovery Channel reality show, Moonshiners. And while ‘White Lightning’ may have its roots in Appalachia, in the deep shade of New Hampshire’s forest, there’s at least one illegal operation.

October 28, 2013

Abigail Hernandez has now been missing for 19 days.  Although local police and the FBI have combed thousands of acres and followed hundreds of tips, they say they still don't know what happened on the afternoon of October 9th when Hernandez disappeared. 

Despite this, the Hernandez family and the local community remain hopeful. On Saturday night nearly 500 people attended a flashlight vigil in Schouler Park in downtown North Conway.  It was meant to light the way home for Abby.  Sean Hurley was there and has this report.

October 10, 2013

By October, competitive pumpkin growers have put in months of labor, gallons of water, and now, finally, they're getting ready for weigh-ins. NHPR’s Todd Bookman reports that in one family, bragging rights are also on the line.

TB: The Pattersons, Erin and Matt, live off a quiet road in New Ipswich. Dirt driveway on the left, beige house in the middle, pumpkins on the right.

MP: So this is it, this is Lola.

TB: Lola is the prize of the patch this year. She sits heavy in the garden, bigger than you can get your arms around.

July 29, 2013

They are everywhere. We are surrounded by them.  You are probably one yourself.  Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot.  As Sean Hurley writes, here in New Hampshire we have our own special kind of neighbor. 

November 6, 2013

NHPR's newsroom broadcasts 19 newscasts each weekday and six over the weekend.  Our hosts strive to provide a mix of statewide and regional news along with weather and sports.  On November 6, 2013 we had two locally-produced stories from NHPR reporters on the major news stories of the day.  Our host then rounds out the newscast with a weather update.

Written Rundown:

Insurance Company Practice of ‘Fail First’ Called Into Question

On Town Meeting Day Wind Farms Prove To Be Divisive

Governor Pushes For Casino At House Hearing

Examining Gambling’s Potential Social Costs

Lighting The Way For Missing Teen Abigail Hernandez

The Common Core State Standards:  Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial

Self Defense Or Because I Can?  Open Carry Laws In New Hampshire

Reporter Debrief:  Breaking Down A Big Day In Health Care News

February 11, 2013 - February 15, 2013

New Hampshire is a gun-friendly state where gun owners face few restrictions. We also have very little gun violence and after the massacre in Newtown we decided to examine our state’s complicated gun culture. The newsroom produced a series titled A Loaded Issue that included a look at our state’s gun laws, the business of manufacturing guns, how parents are prosecuted in accidental shootings, the culture around open carry and the efforts to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

July 29, 2013

They are everywhere. We are surrounded by them.  You are probably one yourself.  Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot.  As reporter Sean Hurley writes, here in New Hampshire we have our own special kind of neighbor.

  Script:

Fx:  Crickets, night sounds

Where we live, on a dead-end dirt road in the White Mountains, the houselights of our neighbors are mostly out with the sun. 

Writing: Giants Among Us

Feb 17, 2014

October 10, 2013

By the height of pumpkin season in October, competitive pumpkin growers have put in months of labor, gallons of water, and now they’re finally getting ready for the big weigh-in. Reporter Todd Bookman reports that in one New Hampshire family, bragging rights are on the line.

  Script:

May 9, 2013

Fiddleheads are the whimsical, tightly coiled spiral of fern sprouts that push their way up from under the layers of winter debris on the forest floor. They are also a regional and seasonal delicacy, once you find them. Reporter Sam Evans-Brown catches up with people who harvest the sprouts to learn why fiddlehead patches are such closely guarded secrets.

October 28, 2013

North Country teenager Abigail Hernandez had been missing for 19 days when her hometown decided to host a vigil.  Hernandez disappeared on her way home from school and police had no leads.  It’s a disappearance that has rattled her small hometown known for its ski resorts.  Nearly 500 people turned out for a flashlight vigil at a park in North Conway meant to light the way home for Abby.

Feb. 17, 2013

New Hampshire is a gun-friendly state where gun owners face few restrictions. We also have very little gun violence and after the massacre in Newtown we decided to examine our state’s complicated gun culture. The newsroom produced the documentary A Loaded Issue that included a look at our state’s gun laws, the business of manufacturing guns, how parents are prosecuted in accidental shootings, the culture around open carry and the efforts to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

April 2, 2013

As lawmakers consider raising the state's gas tax, you may be wondering: are New Hampshire's roads getting worse? Why are they getting harder to pay for? And, does it really matter if we have a few more potholes?

NHPR's newsroom sets out to answer those questions in this video:

 

The Obama administration says about 5,000 more New Hampshire residents selected a health plan through the new federal insurance market last month.

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Original air date:  July 10, 2013

In the past few years there’s been a  resurgence in American moonshine, including high-end bottles on liquor store shelves. The movement comes thanks in no small part to the Discovery Channel reality show, Moonshiners. And while ‘White Lightening’ may have its roots in Appalachia, in the deep shade of New Hampshire’s forest, there’s at least one illegal operation.

Original air date:  May 10, 2013

Bass fishing is now big business in America, with high profile tournaments getting plenty of coverage on networks including ESPN. And it’s also New Hampshire’s newest high school interscholastic sport.  And last spring New Hampshire high school students got to show off their own angling abilities at a bass fishing tournament on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Original air date:  January 11, 2013

Conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are notoriously harsher than their altitude suggests. But for World Class mountaineers this makes the Whites a perfect training ground.  Reporter Sam Evans-Brown spent the day with one out on the icy slopes.

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