Rick Ganley

Host, Morning Edition

Rick joined NHPR as morning host in January 2009. He has a 20 year career in radio including on-air work at stations in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire in formats from rock to classical. He was co-owner of an FM station in Maine in the mid 90s. Rick spent the last ten years as Operations Manager and Morning Host of WPNH-FM, Plymouth NH and Production Director for Northeast Communications Corporations' five-station group. He also writes occasional pieces on media and music for the Hippo, Manchester's weekly paper, and voices radio and TV spots on a freelance basis.

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  New Hampshire's two Democratic U.S. Senators both say they plan to vote against Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen explained her decision on NHPR’s Morning Edition.

"I think his involvement in crafting - that has been reported - in crafting these executive orders raise serious questions about what he would do as attorney general," she said.

Sen. Maggie Hassan says she will also vote no on Sessions.

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  Former state Senator Jeanie Forrester is poised to become the next chair of the state Republican Party.

The Meredith Republican is the only candidate running to replace outgoing chair Jennifer Horn at Saturday’s annual party meeting in Derry.

Forrester is a three-term state Senator and also ran for governor last year. She spoke to NHPR’s Morning Edition heading into this weekend’s vote.

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  Friday is inauguration day, as Donald Trump is set to take the oath of office and be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president.

NHPR’s Morning Edition spoke to two Granite Staters from opposing sides of the political spectrum about what they’re hoping to hear from Trump in his address, and their expectations from him as president.

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A new treatment program for adolescents battling drug and alcohol addiction opens in Concord Wednesday.

The program is called Choices, and will offer outpatient substance abuse treatment to teens 14 and older. The program is part of the Riverbend Community Mental Health network.

Audrey Clairmont, Choices' lead clinician, spoke to NHPR's Morning Edition about the program and the unique approach required when working with teens dealing with substance abuse issues.

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  An incoming state Senator who also heads New Hampshire's largest teachers union says he’ll be open about any conflicts of interest that may come from serving in the two roles simultaneously.

But Scott McGilvray, a Hooksett Democrat, said it's only "critics" raising concerns about where his interests will lie.

"Being part of running the state’s largest teachers union, it certainly puts a big target on my back," he told NHPR's Morning Edition.

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  When New Hampshire's state Senate convenes for its first session of the year next week, there will be plenty of new faces.

Nine of the legislative body's 24 members are newly elected, and this week, we're hearing from two of those incoming lawmakers.

Ruth Ward is Republican from Stoddard who will represent the Senate’s eighth district. That includes towns like New London, Weare, and Antrim.

Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke sat down with Ward to talk about her new role.

Join NHPR's Rick Ganley and Sean Hurley for an old-timey hour of Christmas stories and memories. This special will become one of your family's favorite holiday listening traditions!

Tune in for the broadcast at 1 PM on December 24th, or listen right here:

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  As of Thursday, it’s legal to grow, use, and possess marijuana in Massachusetts.

Voters there approved a referendum in November legalizing the drug. And with Maine in the midst of a recount of a similar referendum, it’s possible New Hampshire could soon be bordered by two states where pot is legal.

New Hampshire remains the only New England state that hasn't decriminalized the drug.

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There’s growing bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for investigations into whether Russia tried to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

The Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee announced plans this week to hold hearings looking into the alleged hacking.  

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is a member of the foreign relations and armed services committees, and she joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about where she hopes the investigation goes.

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A coalition of New Hampshire towns and cities is hoping to reverse a decision to end the state’s stabilization education grant program.

The grants were put in place four years ago as a way to offset the impact of changes made at the time to the state’s education adequacy formula.

The state distributes roughly $150 million in stabilization grants each year to districts that are generally lower income and have seen declining student enrollment.

City councilors in Lebanon passed a controversial ordinance last week that bans camping and overnight parking on city-owned property.

Those found to be in violation could face a fine of $100.

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The state’s outgoing Director of Economic Development Carmen Lorentz sat down with NHPR's Morning Edition to reflect on her time on the job, and what needs to happen to improve the state's economy.

Lorentz isn't going far: she's the new Executive Director of the Laconia Area Community Land Trust.

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  Pregnant women battling substance abuse addiction in New Hampshire have a new place for treatment.

Hope on Haven Hill opens its doors in Rochester on Thursday. The residential program will provide treatment for up to eight pregnant women in recovery as they prepare for birth.

And new mothers will be able to continue living at the home for up to a year with their babies as their treatment continues postpartum.

Lawmakers in the U.S. House have overwhelmingly passed a wide-ranging health care reform bill that sets aside $1 billion to be split among states like New Hampshire battling the heroin and opioid addiction crisis.

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  New Hampshire has joined a growing list of states where more white people are dying than are being born.

That’s according to a University of New Hampshire study released Tuesday, which found 17 states experiencing this demographic shift known as “white natural decrease.”

That’s up from just four states in 2004.

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This weekend, maple syrup experts and novices alike will meet in Tilton for the fourth-annual Maple School

 

The one-day training is sponsored by the UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Maple Producers Association.

 

Steve Roberge, a forester with the Cooperative and an all-around maple aficionado, joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about the school, and the pros and cons of maple syrup tasting.

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Governor-elect Republican Chris Sununu says he wants to repeal same-day voter registration in New Hampshire.

“Most states don’t have it. There’s a reason. It can cause problems,” Sununu said, speaking to NHPR’s Morning Edition.

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Governor-elect Chris Sununu sat down with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley Thursday for his first interview with NHPR since last week's election.

Listen to the full interview here, or read some excerpts from the interview below that will be added throughout the morning.

One of the first decisions you made since the election has to do with your transition team.

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New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster is one of more than 150 House Democrats urging President-elect Donald Trump to rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon as chief strategist.

In their letter to Trump, House Democrats say the former CEO of Breitbart News used his platform to promote anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racism.

Kuster spoke to NHPR’s Morning Edition about her concern.

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Democrats are doing some soul searching after Donald Trump’s surprising victory sent shock waves through the party. One of the biggest questions now facing Democrats is who’ll lead the party as head of the Democratic National Committee.

Ray Buckley chairs the New Hampshire Democratic Party. He also serves as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He joined NHPR's Morning Edition.

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It was an unusually long election night on Tuesday, and while some of the results are still unknown, there were more than a few surprises as the vote tally rolled in.

Here with some analysis of what's going on with the electorate in New Hampshire is Chris Galdieri, an Assistant Professor of Politics at Saint Anselm College and Tom Rath, former New Hampshire Attorney General and long time Republican Party strategist.

  First to you, Tom, President-Elect Donald Trump...your reaction?

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Tuesday was quite a night for American politics, and the same goes for New Hampshire, where the U.S. Senate race is still unresolved. NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joined Morning Edition host Rick Ganley to discuss the latest in the Senate race, and to talk GOP control in the legislature, Governor-elect Chris Sununu and the Democratic wins in the races for U.S. House. 

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When voters across New Hampshire head to the polls Tuesday, they may want to leave their campaign swag at home.

That's because a new state law will be in effect that bans people from wearing anything into a polling site that promotes a particular candidate.

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The presidential campaign is usually an opportunity every four years for students to study democracy in real time. But, by all accounts, this campaign has been anything but normal.

The adult themes and harsh rhetoric have been especially challenging for educators, who’ve had to figure out how to address these subjects in the classroom.

NHPR Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with educators across New Hampshire to see what’s different about teaching the presidential campaign this year.

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There’s been a lot of talk about the importance of the ground game is in this presidential election. But who are the people knocking on doors trying to get out the vote?

After we heard from GOP canvassers last week, NHPR's Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spent a recent morning in Goffstown with a volunteer going door to door, trying to get out the vote for Democrats.

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In addition to two familiar foes on the ballot in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, there’s a new choice for voters this year.

Shawn O’Connor is a former Democrat who is now running as an independent.

He’s up against incumbent Republican Frank Guinta and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, who are running against each other for the fourth consecutive time.

O’Connor joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about some of the issues in the race.

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A report this week found New Hampshire is first in the nation, but not in a good way.

The annual report by the Project on Student Debt found on average, college graduates here in New Hampshire are racking up more student debt than anywhere else in the nation.

The analysis looked at seniors in the class of 2015, and found those who graduated from Granite State colleges and universities left on average with $36,101 in debt. (Read the report here)

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Wednesday night is the third and final presidential debate, and marks the last chance for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to make their case to voters on a national stage.

Kathy Sullivan of Manchester is a member of Democratic National Committee.

She joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the debate.

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  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take the stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate.

Republican National Committeewoman Juliana Bergeron of Keene joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the debate and what she’s hoping to hear from Trump.

The 16th annual New Hampshire Film Festival kicks off in Portsmouth Thursday.

Nearly 100 films will be screened over the four-day event. Those films were chosen from more than 1,000 submissions.

“It’s our thirteenth year in Portsmouth, and every year, it’s just grown exponentially,” says Executive Director Nicole Gregg. “It gained word of mouth and just kept bringing filmmakers back year after year as they created and produced new films. We just have such a huge alumni base now.”

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