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
5:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Senate Committee Hears From The Public About The Budget

Senate Finance Cmte. hearing public testimony about the budget.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

New Hampshire’s Senate Finance Committee held its public hearing on the budget Thursday night. This follows statements by its chairman implying that the Senate’s budget will be leaner than the $11 billion budget passed by the House.


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NH News
3:54 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Manchester Funds School Upgrades As It Fights Hooksett Exodus

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved two bonds totaling $5.8 million dollars to fund technology, security and energy efficiency upgrades in the schools. This comes as the district tries to keep Hooksett students from withdrawing.


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Word of Mouth
10:59 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Beekeeping In New Hampshire

Ryan Lessard

Hundreds of first-time beekeepers across the state are anxiously awaiting their first shipment of honey bees this week. NHPR’s Ryan Lessard reports on the growing popularity of the hobby and what it could mean for the pollinating insects’ struggle for survival.

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NH News
4:00 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

N.H. Bee Schools Are Big And Getting Bigger

Merrimack Valley Bee School
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Hundreds of first-time beekeepers across the state are waiting anxiously for their first shipment of honey bees this week. The hobby is growing in popularity and it could have both good and bad impacts on the pollinating insects’ struggle for survival.

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NH News
3:30 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Bald Eagle Chicks Are First Seen In Merrimack River Valley In Decades

Bald eagle adult with its two eaglets in a Manchester white pine.
Peter Gray

Bird watchers working for the New Hampshire Audubon have spotted the first bald eagle chicks hatched in the Merrimack River Valley in decades.


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NH News
3:43 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Canterbury Shaker Village Opens With 1st Heifer Parade

Attendees at Shaker Village's opening day
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Caterbury Shaker Village opened the season with its very first Heifer Parade Saturday. About forty local cows marched through the village.


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NH News
2:58 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

N.H. Senate Kills Liquid Cremation

The only "bio-cremation" vessel in New England. (Maine Coast Crematory)
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Senate voted 16-8 Thursday killing a bill that would’ve enabled the liquid cremation process known as alkaline hydrolysis.


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NH News
4:50 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

N.H. Supreme Court Sends Mt. Sunapee Resort's 6-Year Lease Dispute To Trial

New Hampshire’s highest court has ruled that a lawsuit brought against the state by operators of the Mount Sunapee Ski area can go to trial.


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Word of Mouth
3:35 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

St. Anselm Celebrates Shakespeare With Sonnets

Organizer Prof. Gary Bouchard has used the same cardboard cut-out of Shakespeare since the event's inception. It resides in his office for the other 364 days of the year.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  For the past 25 years, New Hampshire’s Saint Anselm College has hosted a celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday with period music, theatrical renditions, and public readings of all 154 of the bard's famously melancholic and romantic sonnets. Ryan Lessard brings us this audio postcard.

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NH News
4:19 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Congress' Grant To Prevent F.A.A. Furloughs May Save Nashua's Control Tower

Manchester Control Tower
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Congress passed a bill to prevent traffic controller furloughs by granting $253 million to the Federal Aviation Administration. And it may also keep the contract towers slated for closure, like the one in Nashua, running through the end of the year.


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NH News
5:51 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Senator Ayotte Says Tsarnaev Should Have Been Declared Enemy Combatant

Sens. Ayotte and McCain were joined by former Sens. Gramm and Kerrey and Alice Rivlin, former Director, OMB at a panel discussion in Concord, Monday. NPR's Ari Shapiro (right) moderated.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The White House says Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, the surviving marathon bombing suspect, will not be tried as an enemy combatant. That comes after New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte weighed in saying that not declaring him an enemy combatant might be a national security mistake.


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NH News
3:41 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

First Rudman Center Event Attracts Big Names

The new Rudman Center at the UNH School of Law.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

A series of panel discussions on budget issues helped kick off the opening of the Warren B. Rudman Center at the UNH Law School Monday. The event was jam-packed with big names…


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NH News
6:00 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Sarah Long Bridge Repairs Ramp Up

Repair crews will start working seven day weeks Sunday to bring the Sarah Long Bridge back into service. 

Updated damage assessments have extended the expected repair date to roughly May 25th, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton.

“They’re gonna be working from dusk til dawn, seven days a week. And once they get the staging in place there may be a reevaluation as to whether they should go or can go 24 hours a day.”

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NH News
3:04 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Manchester Boxing Official Remembers Dead Bombing Suspect

Tamerlan Tsarnaev in boxing gym.
Johannes Hirn

A Manchester man who heads a civil engineering firm says he remembers the older brother of the two marathon bombing suspects.


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NH News
4:21 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

A Quarter Of Total Telegraph Staff Laid Off

The new owners of the Telegraph of Nashua newspaper laid off a total of about 25 staffers Wednesday, according to Michael Power, the community outreach administrator in the states’ Office of Workforce Opportunity.

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