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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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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NH News
5:30 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Pelham Incident Still Fresh In Local Memory As Fireworks Debate Continues

The gory aftermath of watermelon victims.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

It’s the Fourth of July and celebrations across the state are often inseparable from a spectacular fireworks show. And while the New Hampshire Fire Marshall’s office urges residents to attend a professional display, many Granite Staters will be exercising their freedom to launch their own. And the debate surrounding the safety of certain, recently-legalized fireworks devices is far from dead.


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NH News
4:15 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

House And Senate Send Medical Marijuana To Be Signed

Medical Marijuana

State lawmakers easily passed a bill Wednesday to make New Hampshire the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana. The program envisioned under the law will be among the more tightly regulated in the country. 


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NH News
2:57 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Widow Of Late N.H. Guardsman And Gay Rights Activist Reacts To DOMA Decision

Charlie Morgan (left) and wife Karen Morgan (right).

The widow of gay-rights activist and New Hampshire Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan says she’s pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.

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NH News
5:31 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Strafford County Superior Court Rules Against Education Tax Credit Provision

The Strafford County Superior Court ruled Monday that part of the education tax credit law passed last year is unconstitutional.  The court concluded that the privately raised scholarships amount to public funds.


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NH News
6:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

N.H. Fishermen Double Down On New Generation of Pingers To Save Migratory Porpoise

Gillnetter attaches a pinger to his nets.
Credit Future Oceans

Gillnet fishermen in New Hampshire will be using new electronic devices to prevent trapping harbor porpoise in their nets. Last year, the fishermen were penalized for problems with the devices known as pingers.  And this year’s purchase marks the largest mammal catch prevention initiative of its kind.


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NH News
5:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

What The Hake? N.H.’s New C.S.F. Seeks To Sell Obscure, Plentiful And Equally Edible Fish

Nets rarely catch just one kind of fish.
Credit Sarah VanHorn, Manager of NH Community Seafood / N.H. Sea Grant

  When we talk about local food in New Hampshire, most of us think of fruits and vegetables. But with our 18 miles of coastline, seafood has the potential to be a local food as well. This year’s big cuts to catch limits for fish like cod and haddock herald a rough year for New Hampshire ground fishermen. So they’re finding new ways to connect with local consumers to help them stay afloat. And their approach may be the first of its kind.


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NH News
2:47 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

House Votes To Negotiate With Senate To Reconcile Medical Marijuana Bills

Marijuana

House and Senate negotiators will work to reach agreement on a bill to make New Hampshire the 19th state to permit medical marijuana. A “home grow” option opposed by Governor Hassan is a major point of contention.


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NH News
6:45 am
Mon June 3, 2013

N.H.'s Own Lobster Beer

The Redhook Lobstah Lager table was the centerpiece to the May 26 Kickoff event.
Credit Rebecca Zeiber / N.H. Sea Grant

We don’t often hear about seafood in our beer but it’s actually not new. Oyster stout was the traditional seafood beer in the 18th century when regular stouts were accompanied by oysters in local taverns and pubs. Later, oysters were incorporated into the brewing process which was first documented in the 1930s. That’s what we call “oyster stout” today. It fell out of fashion for a few decades but as craft beers become increasingly popular in New England, several brands are coming out with their own take. Harpoon did an oyster stout a few years ago and, last year, Dogfish Head made a very bitter chocolate lobster beer.


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NH News
4:17 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

UNH President Opens Logo Deliberations To Public Amid Uproar

This is the first of three design options for the new University of New Hampsire logo.
University of New Hampshire

UNH President Mark Huddleston announced Friday that he will seek public input for a new UNH logo. The move comes amid criticism over spending nearly $100,000 to create the three proposed logos.


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