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
5:47 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Word Cloud of Hassan's SOTS Address

Below are the most common words used in the Governor's first State of the State Address.

Foodstuffs
4:37 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Napa Valley Vintners Come To New Hampshire

Corinne Szopa of Portsmouth smells a deep rosé of cabernet.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The 9th annual Wine Week wraps up in New Hampshire Thursday night with a big event in the Manchester Radisson from 6-9 where about 1800 wines will be featured along with several wine personalities. NHPR’s Ryan Lessard checked out two events Wednesday night where some Napa Valley winemakers and vineyard owners made an appearance and produced this audio postcard. 


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NH News
4:51 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Bill To Ban Some Fireworks Likely To Be Voted Down By House

Fireworks in Jaffrey.
Credit Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce

The New Hampshire House will take up a bill this week that bans certain types of fireworks. Given the committee report to kill it, it’s unlikely to pass.


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Education
5:33 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Most Hooksett Freshmen To Attend Pinkerton In The Fall

A ten year agreement between the Hooksett School Board and Pinkerton Academy in Derry still needs to be finalized by a town vote in March. But Hooksett eighth-graders are already choosing the Derry school over Manchester high schools for the next school year.


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NH News
4:11 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

C.D.C. Gives N.H. A Mixed Grade On Preventing Public Health Issues

The Centers for Disease Control has released its annual report that grades states on their capacity to prevent public health problems. It was a mixed bag for the state.


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NH News
5:14 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered In Manchester

The event was held at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Monday, the state observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with bell ringing and celebration. Governor Maggie Hassan and members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation attended an event in Manchester.


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NH News
5:30 am
Thu January 16, 2014

N.H. Bhutanese Community Shaken By Recent Suicide, Seeks To Prevent Others

Bhutanese community leaders in N.H. after their two-day workshop.
Bhutanese Community of N.H.

In November, a Bhutanese refugee living in Concord killed himself. Nationally, Bhutanese refugees have the highest suicide rate of any refugee population. And here in New Hampshire, where nearly 2,000 Bhutanese refugees have resettled in the last six years, the community is scrambling to answer the questions ‘why does this happen?’ and ‘how do we prevent it?’


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NH News
7:14 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

N.H. House Votes In Favor Of Legalizing Marijuana, Bill Goes To Ways & Means

House members gather for roll call vote to kill the bill. That vote passed but was later overturned.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

After hours of debate and despite a promised veto from Governor Maggie Hassan, the New Hampshire House voted in favor of a bill to legalize marijuana 170 to 162 Wednesday night.


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NH News
2:58 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

2013: Manchester's Record Crime Year

Ryan Lessard NHPR

Last year, robberies, burglaries and heroin addiction appear to have skyrocketed in the Queen City.

Over the summer we looked at the issue of crime in Manchester and we provided a lot of historical data from the past five years. Now that the year is done, we review some of those numbers. The most surprising development is a 45% growth in robberies compared to 2012. Burglaries spiked to unprecedented highs during the summer, but robberies continued well into the colder months. The city also saw a high number of homicides. The highest in recent memory.

NH News
2:52 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Mayor Gatsas Sworn In, Promises To Tackle Crime

Former Mayor Ray Wieczorek swears in Mayor Ted Gatsas for his third term. On left is Gatsas' wife Cassandra.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Ted Gatsas began his third term as Manchester’s Mayor Tuesday. And his inaugural address included promises to improve the city’s safety and public education.


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NH News
3:09 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Fire-Related Deaths Were At All-Time Low In N.H. Last Year

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The State Fire Marshal’s office says 2013 had the lowest fire-related deaths on record.


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NH News
4:15 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

N.H. Population Grew Slowly Last Year

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates New Hampshire’s population grew by only .1% last year. That’s fewer than 2000 people added since 2012. That’s among the slowest rates of growth in the nation.


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NH News
3:47 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

ISO-NE Approves Northern Pass Interconnectivity

The hydroelectric power line project known as the Northern Pass has passed a major regulatory hurdle Tuesday.


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Education
4:37 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Hooksett School Board Votes To Sign Contract With Pinkerton, Manchester Calls Foul

Last week, the Hooksett School Board voted to sign a ten-year contract with Pinkerton Academy that would eventually send most of its high school students to the Derry school. This new agreement may reignite a legal conflict between Hooksett and Manchester.


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Business and Economy
4:48 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Energy Retailer PPG Suspended, Customers To Pay Original Provider Rates

ISO New England, the region’s energy grid operator, has suspended the independent supplier People’s Power and Gas. 5,700 Granite State customers who turned to PPG for lower rates will be automatically switched to prices set by Public Service of New Hampshire.


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