Ryan Lessard

Correspondent

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.

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NH News
2:10 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

N.H. GOP Headquarters Vandalized

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The New Hampshire Republican party is complaining about an incident of vandalism that occurred on their Concord headquarters. “WWJD Healthcare for Everyone” was written in green spray paint on the side of the building.

Matt Slater is the party’s executive director.

“Healthy debate of the issues is what makes our country great, but when folks cross this line, that’s just a line that unfortunately puts a nasty light on the whole political process.”

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NH News
12:04 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Hinsdale Man Shot To Death Apparently During Family Dispute

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office is investigating the homicide of 26-year-old Dustin Curtiss, who was shot during what appears to have been a family dispute in his Hinsdale home.

Police responded to a 911 call to the residence at 10:15 Sunday night. Responders found Curtiss with three gunshot wounds and transported him to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Vermont and then to UMass Medical Center in Worcester Massachusetts where he was pronounced dead.

NH News
5:30 am
Sun October 13, 2013

Warner Hosts Its Fall Foliage Festival With Record Number Of Oxen

Carousel at Fall Foliage Festival friday night, just before the crowd arrives.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Warner is in the midst of its 66th Fall Foliage Festival.


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Health
5:08 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Signing Up On Insurance Marketplace Delivers More Errors Than Results

We've heard a lot about the new health insurance exchanges (A.K.A. marketplaces) since they launched this month. What follows is a blog of my attempts to navigate New Hampshire's marketplace. So far, it's been an error-ridden process with recurring visits to a virtual waiting room.

Day 1: October 1st

11:15 a.m.

Creating an account. 

Using Google Chrome browser, I go to Healthcare.gov. I click log in at the top right corner of the first screen.

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NH News
5:09 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Details Emerge About Officer-Involved Shooting In Manchester

In a press release from the N.H. Attorney General's office, new details surrounding the fatal police shooting of a Canterbury woman have been released. It describes the car chase that led to the shooting but not the specific circumstances that caused the state trooper to fire his weapon.

Here is an excerpt from the release:

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NH News
5:10 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Proposed Park Rules Spur Horseback Riders' Anger

Director Phil Bryce (second from left) sits and listens to dismayed riders.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

More than one hundred New Hampshire horse lovers turned out at a public hearing Tuesday to speak out against proposed rule changes for state parks. Horse-back riders fear the proposed changes would limit the availability of trails.


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NH News
4:33 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Some Local Healthcare Providers Prepared To Help Uninsured Navigate A.C.A. Enrollment

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As the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period opens, some affiliated healthcare providers are reaching out to uninsured Granite Staters.


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NH News
10:30 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Howard Dean Visits N.H., Talks Healthcare

Howard Dean speaking at St. Anselm's Institute of Politics.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Former Vermont Governor, Howard Dean, visited New Hampshire last night. Speaking at Saint Anselm’s Institute of Politics, Dean spoke about some of the unintended but beneficial side effects of the Affordable Care Act.


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NH News
4:20 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Queen City Crime: Lessons Learned

Over the last few months, NHPR’s Newsroom has been examining the crime landscape in the city of Manchester. The series Queen City Crime comes to a close this week and All Things Considered host Brady Carlson interviews the lead reporter for the series, NHPR’s Ryan Lessard, to hear what he learned.


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Foodstuffs
12:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Steam Cream: Ice Cream Powered By Steam

Clem Legates and wife scooping steam cream.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

If you’re looking for an uncommon food experience, very few are as rare as Steam Cream, a small batch of ice cream produced in New Hampshire only once a year.  


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NH News
5:30 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Manchester's Strategy For Crime Prevention

Since becoming a 'graduated site' in 2006, Manchester continues to use the Weed and Seed name and logo around the city.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The latest in our series, Queen City Crime, is a story about Manchester’s struggle to prevent violent crime through urban planning and social services. Rising poverty in the city has made an uphill battle for police and nonprofits working together to stem crime at the source.


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Word of Mouth
2:45 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Steampunk Has Nothing On This: N.H.'s Steamboat Meet

The steam engine of the Black Eagle from Connecticut
Ryan Lessard NHPR

For the past forty-one years, dozens of steam engine hobbyists spend a week meeting up in Moultonborough on a northern bay of Lake Winnipesauke. It’s called the Lee’s Mills Steamboat Meet where small boats with tall smokestacks and boilers come and go. The event attracts a people from around the country and even the world. 

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NH News
5:30 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Concord City Council Votes In Favor Of Bearcat

Concord council chambers in pre-vote discussion.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

The Concord City Council voted eleven to four in favor of accepting a federal grant for an armored police vehicle called a Bearcat. Many protesters turned out for the vote.


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NH News
4:57 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

N.H.'s Housing Market Is Expected To Grow Steadily But Slowly

BIA panel at Manchester's Radisson included (from left) Ignatius MacLellan, Bill Weidacher, Chris Davies and Kendall Buck.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

The housing recovery in New Hampshire is expected to be slow but strong. That’s according to industry experts who took part in a panel discussion hosted by the Business and Industry Association Thursday afternoon.


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NH News
3:10 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Manchester Police Seize Record Amount Of Heroin

The cylindrical "fingers" of heroin are ten grams each. They sell for about $1000 each in Manchester, which is twice the price for a similar finger in Lawrence, MA.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Manchester police have seized the largest amount of heroin in the city’s history.


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