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
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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Queen City Crime
5:30 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Manchester Skate Park Drains Police Resources

Officers Cruz and Jusza clearing out the skate park.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  In our Queen City Crime series, we’ve been looking at violent crime, drugs and burglaries but one issue the police deal with on a daily basis is unruly kids. And it often centers on Manchester’s skate park.


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NH News
5:37 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Group Protests Concord Police Grant For Armored Vehicle

Protesters on Concord City Hall steps.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

About a dozen people rallied at Concord City Hall Monday afternoon to protest the police plans to acquire an armored vehicle known as a Bearcat.


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NH News
4:48 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Ground Broken At Site Of State's Job Corps Center

From left, Governor Maggie Hassan, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Tuesday afternoon, local and national political figures helped break ground for the state’s new Job Corps Center in Manchester. The bipartisan project has been long in the making but some were not happy with the construction contract.


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NH News
5:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Manchester Police Fight Rising Tide Of Drugs

Baggie of heroin seized by Manchester police.
Courtesy of MPD

The abuse of prescription drugs and heroin in the city has been on the rise in the past decade. For police that means a rise in related crime and overdoses.


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Queen City Crime
5:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Manchester's Club Scene Still Occupies Police Time But Is Much-Improved Environment

Owner Thomas Alexander calls Drynk a restaurant and entertainment lounge. He credits their dress code, local marketing and sophisticated security team to a safer club scene.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

A concentration of police resources are spent dealing with disturbances and crimes in and around the popular club scene in downtown Manchester. But it’s not as bad as it used to be. A crackdown on several problem clubs in the past decade have set an example for club owners today. 


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Queen City Crime
5:30 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Manchester Police Turn To Community To Help Curb Crime

Newly minted police badges for the newest members of the MPD arrayed on a window sill.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

All this summer, NHPR’s newsroom will take a closer look at crime in Manchester and how it affects the city and its residents. We’re calling the series Queen City Crime. Today, we begin with a look at Manchester’s Police Department and how it balances small-city challenges with big-city problems. A renewed focus on community policing is helping the department solve some of its staffing issues.


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