Ryan Lessard


Before becoming a reporter for NHPR, Ryan devoted many months interning with The Exchange team, helping to produce their daily talk show.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Manchester with a major in Politics and Society and a minor in Communication Arts. While in school, he also interned for a DC-based think tank. His interests include science fiction and international relations. Ryan is a life-long Manchester resident.


NH News
3:30 am
Wed November 7, 2012

First Look At State House And Senate Results

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Races for State House and Senate were still wrapping up early this morning. Republicans lost some ground in the House, but we’re still learning how many seats were gained by Democrats.To start with, the Speaker of the House, Bill O’Brien, was reelected. He finished second to a Democrat in a two-member district.

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NH News
3:58 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

As Swings New Hampshire...

Presidential candidates have coveted New Hampshire this election even while some swing states have five times the number of electoral votes.

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NH News
6:49 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Manchester's Charter Commission Election: All About The Schools

Speed dating at the charter commission meet and greet in the Central High library.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

On Tuesday, Manchester voters will pick nine names from a list of 62 candidates vying to serve on the city’s charter commission. And public education is a central issue.

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NH News
8:40 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

A Look At the Power Restoration Process: Post Sandy

Utility companies are working to restore power to more than 160,000 customers. But the process is not simple.

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NH News
3:26 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The New Hampshire State Police: 75 Years Later

The first 44 troopers in 1937.
State Police

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the New Hampshire State Police.

At the State Police Headquarters, case file boxes tower towards the ceiling in the Cold Case Unit. Volunteer Milli Knudsen says sometimes she can’t believe the way the State Police department used to investigate crimes.

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NH News
4:11 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Family Of Missing UNH Student Offering $10,000 Reward

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Marriott. Blonde hair. Blue eyes. 5' 5", 130 lbs.

The family of a missing UNH student is offering a ten thousand dollar reward for information in her disappearance.

19-year-old Lizzie Marriott was last heard from by text message on Tuesday night. After class, she told a friend in Dover she was on her way there. Since then, investigators say, there has been no activity on her cell phone, credit cards or Facebook page.

The FBI, State Police, Chester Police, New Hampshire Fish and Game, and several volunteers continue to search for her.

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5:38 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Manchester Fights To Keep Students From Hooksett, Candia

Manchester Superintendent Thomas Brennan and SAU 15 Superintendent Charles "Phil" Littlefield at the Hooksett School Board meeting on Tuesday
Cawley Middle School media

Manchester school officials dealing with a teacher shortage and overcrowded classrooms may soon face the loss of high school students from neighboring towns.

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NH News
5:01 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

NOAA Postpones Fishery Closure

New Hampshire gillnet fishermen are relieved to learn that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has postponed a temporary closure of the gillnet fishery on the Gulf of Maine.

In the original plan, the gillnet fishery would have been shut down in October and November, the two most profitable months of the year. And New Hampshire fishermen were not happy. Now, they will be allowed to continue fishing until the new closure dates of February through March.

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NH News
4:19 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

A Seachange For Public Television

Game show host Jim Jeannotte of Granite State Challenge.

State budget cuts to New Hampshire Public Television, through the university system, have led to several changes. And some town selectmen on the seacoast are worried about what it means for their programming.

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Word of Mouth
10:25 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Splitting up the 99%

Sunset Parkerpix via Flickr Creative Commons

This week marks the one year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement – and though some vigilant protesters saw a lot of promise in the 185  New York arrests on Monday, there’s no denying that the movement has changed, and in many ways diminished since last fall.  Here in New Hampshire, an online feud has forced Occupy’s local chapter to do some tricky math... how do you divide 99 percent by two?  NHPR’s Ryan Lessard has the story. 

Elections 2012
5:00 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

1st District Congressional Candidates Square Off

Abby Goldstein NHPR

New Hampshire’s first district candidates for Congress battled Monday in a debate moderated by NHPR’s Laura Knoy. The topics for discussion stayed within the realm of economic policy and job creation and energy policy was among the stickier points.

Much of the debate between Congressman Frank Guinta and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter was an argument of who should and should not receive federal tax dollars. This was highlighted when the candidates were asked how they would address the rising cost of energy.

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NH News
9:49 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Former Justice Souter Warns About The State Of Civics Education

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter. He grew up in Weare, went to high school in Concord and presently lives in Hopkinton.
Jim Cole AP

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter spoke in Concord Friday night. Among the topics for discussion was the state of civics education in the country.

Justice Souter told an audience of more than 1,300 people that civics education had declined since he attended Concord High School in the late ‘50s. The decline began, says Souter, in the ‘70s and it failed to recover since then.

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Elections 2012
4:43 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Victorious Hassan Continues With Retail Politics

State Senator Maggie Hassan speaking with reporters. State Senator Lou D'Allesandro on the right.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Following her victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday night, State Senator Maggie Hassan greeted voters at Manchester’s Red Arrow Diner on Wednesday.

It was a slow morning as Senator Hassan met with a half dozen or so patrons at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester. Hassan told reporters her campaign will be aggressive in stepping up fundraising.

“We’ve had a great outpouring of support in this state yesterday and today already and we’ll work as hard as we can to have the resources we need to compete.”

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9:28 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Manchester Executive Councilor Candidate DeBlois at Smith Camp

Manchester Executive Councilor Candidate DeBlois
Ryan Lessard New Hampshire Public Radio

Minutes before Smith's arrival at the Derryfield, District 4 Executive Councilor candidate Tom DeBlois arrived to applause.

9:10 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Hunger At The Smith Camp

The food buffet at Smith HQ
Ryan Lessard New Hampshire Public Radio

It's not exactly a rambunctious crowd here at the Derryfield in Manchester. Folks are just eating, talking or checking their phones for the latest poll numbers. Smith himself hasn't shown up yet and there hasn't been any spontaneous cheering or chanting.

Supporters don't seem anxious so much as resigned - but they're still hopeful. They're also hungry, and not just for the food - there has been a real lack of polling updates. Those with smartphones are making good use of them, but several supporters are turning to members of the press for the latest numbers.