Sam Evans-Brown

Environment and Education Reporter

 

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for  New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. His work has won several local broadcast journalism awards, and he was a 2013 Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Media Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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Education
5:41 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Businesses To Educators: More STEM Grads Now

Governor Jon Lynch, Jeremy Hitchcock of DYN, Erica Johnson of UNH's Interoperability Laboratory (IOL), and Joe Morone of Albany International spoke before the STEM Forum
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Higher Education officials and Business leaders gathered for a forum today on how to increase the number of New Hampshire STEM graduates – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But while it was Community Colleges and Universities talking about the issue today, the lack of interest in STEM is a problem at every level of the American education system.

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Education
5:59 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

University System Asks Budget Writers For $100 Million

Credit Kyle Todesca, UNH

The University System of New Hampshire is asking lawmakers for $100 million dollars in annual state funding.

That’s more than twice what they were given in the previous budget.

Heads of the various state departments, and the presidents of the state’s universities went before budget writers today to present their initial requests for state funds.

Chancellor of the University System, Ed McKay, says he is cautiously optimistic that governor elect Maggie Hassan will make restoring the cuts from the last budget a priority.

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Environment
1:55 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Lessons From Lempster: Town Has Found Wind Farm To Be Neither Blessing Nor Curse

Lempster hosts the oldest operating wind farm in the state, which has 12 turbines. The most recently proposed operation would have three times as many turbines, and be located in Alexandria, Grafton, and Dunbarton
Credit Flikr.Creative Commons / PSNH

The towns of Alexandria, Danbury, and Grafton are weighing if they want a 36 turbine wind farm along their ridgelines.

It’s a contentious decision the town of Lempster approved in 2007. That project has been operating for four years, and it's the closest thing New Hampshire has to an analog for the decision these three towns are now facing.

When representatives from the Spanish energy company Iberdrola Renewables  meet with people in Alexandria, Grafton and Danbury, it gets pretty heated.

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The e-Text Revolution

Credit Alexandre Lemieux via Credit Flikr Creative Commons

With E-book sales outpacing print books, the days of the heavyweight backpack are numbered. In New Hampshire, thirty-three public schools banded together to purchase E-books instead of textbooks. Producer Sam Evans-Brown finds out why public schools are making the switch now, and why the long wait.

Read and Listen to Sam's story here.

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NH News
7:47 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Wind Farm Builder Makes Pitch To Skeptical Crowd

Iberdrola operates two other wind farms in the state. One in Lempster began operating in 2008, and was the first such project in New Hampshire, and one in Groton, pictured here from the banks of the Baker River in Rumney, is just coming online now.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Advocates and opponents to the latest proposed wind-farm got to ask questions of Spanish renewable developer Iberdrola last night at a town-hall meeting in Grafton. Though opponents were by far the most vocal in attendance.

This was the first of three meetings this week that Iberdrola has scheduled presenting a proposal to build 36 wind turbines a ridge between the towns of Grafton, Alexandria, and Danbury.

It was a full house and many in the crowd, like April Dugan, came to let Iberdrola know that they did not like the idea of 454 foot turbines in their back yard.

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Education
12:13 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

N.H. Schools Stocking Their Virtual Shelves With E-books

Credit Flikr Creative Commons / Alexandre Lemieux

E-books are now selling more copies than hardbound, print books, and the average public library e-book collection has expanded by 55 percent in 2010 and 75 percent in 2011.

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Education
5:59 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Lawmakers Approve Extra Charter School Funding

For the past few months a number of proposed charter schools in New Hampshire have been in a sort of limbo, unable to formally apply to the state because of funding concerns in the Board of Education. Today the legislative fiscal committee took a step that might move the issue forward.

Brady Carlson: So Sam, for folks who haven’t been paying attention, bring us up to speed on the charter school situation.

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Elections 2012
2:58 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Shea-Porter Wins Seat In Another Squeaker

Guinta campaign officials breaking down the
Credit Zach Nugent / NHPR

The tightest race in New Hampshire lived up to expectations last night. Carol Shea-Porter eked out a victory over Frank Guinta by four points, or just fewer than 14,000 votes.

While the race was close all the way through, indications that it would be a good night for Shea-Porter rolled in early. It was the wee hours of the morning when Carol Shea-Porter thanked a dwindling crowd of night-owl supporters for handing her back the seat in the US House of Representatives that she lost two-years ago.

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Elections 2012
2:20 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

N.H. House Swings To Democrats, Republicans Hold Senate 13-11

Former House Speaker Terrie Norelli will run again for the job, but will face a strong opposition from David Campbell, D-Nashua. Current House Speaker Bill O'Brien has announced he will not run for mintority party leadership
Credit NH General Court Website

There was a big surprise waiting for New Hampshire politicos this morning. As the final votes were tallied in the four hundred races for the State House of Representatives, the Democrats had won a 221 to 178 majority with one race still undecided.

Prospects of a divided state legislature has both sides singing about bipartisanship. 

Given that many of the races for the NH House are decided by fewer than a hundred voters, there will likely be a couple dozen recounts.

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Elections 2012
5:32 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

A Look Back At Guinta's, Shea-Porter's Past Victories

Guinta and Shea-Porter have both won in the past. Here's a look at how those victories played out.
Credit NHPR / Sam Evans-Brown

This race is real bellwether for a number of reasons: the district itself demographically perfectly balanced between liberal and conservative voters, both candidates have held the seat before meaning they are more-or-less on equal footing in terms of name recognition, and both are party stalwarts have voted with their partys’ leadership high in 90th the percentile.

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Elections 2012
5:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Everything You Need To Know About Voter ID (Plus Some)

Credit NH Secretary of State

Today, everyone who goes to the polls will be asked to show a photo-ID in order to vote. This is the second  step in a phased in process instituting voter ID’s over the next few election cycles. The process began with the primary in September when poll workers asked to see an ID but let voters cast a ballot regardless of whether they produced one or not.

Today poll workers will ask for an ID, and anyone who does not have one will have to sign “a qualified voter affidavit” stating,

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Elections 2012
1:33 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Final Poll Before Election Suggests Democratic Sweep

WMUR Granite State Poll / UNH Survey Center

The final round of Polling from the UNH Survey Center is in, and it indicates that Democrats have maintained a slight edge in the Granite State going into tomorrow’s election.

This latest poll suggests that President Barack Obama, Senator Maggie Hassan, and Anne Mclane Kuster have maintained slender leads over the past week.

The poll's biggest surprise comes in the first congressional district where incumbent Congressman Frank Guinta and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter have pulled even.

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NH News
4:05 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

After Dry-Run, State Gears Up For First Voter ID Election

Attorney General Michael Delaney (Left) and Secretary of State Bill Gardner trying to get the word out abou the new voter ID law
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The State’s election officials are gearing up for Election Day, preparing voters and town workers to implement the state’s new voter ID law.

Back in September, the new law required poll workers to ask for an ID during the primary. The idea was to start educating voters, even though it wasn’t required to vote.

The Secretary of State’s office says around 6.5% of voters either didn’t have an ID, or refused to show one in protest of the new law.

Delaney: Obviously it’s a sensitive issue.

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Elections 2012
11:35 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Sandy Inturrupts Political Polling, Too

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Candidate campaigning wasn’t the only political activity thrown for a loop by Hurricane Sandy, pollsters also had to take a break in New Hampshire and elsewhere.

Speaking on NHPR’s the Exchange, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup Frank Newport said they put their national tracking poll on hold because too many people on the East Coast wouldn’t be picking up their phones.

Newport: we want to be very careful because it’s better to have no poll at all I think than to have a poll that has the potential to be misleading.

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Developing
12:29 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Gov. Lynch Declares State Of Emergency, Many Flights Canceled

Credit NOAA

Update:  October 29, 2012, 7:08 p.m.

POWER OUTAGES: More than 100,000.

EVACUATIONS: None.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN SHELTERS: At least 13 shelters open in Rochester, Plymouth, Rindge, Exeter, Sanborn, North Hampton, Nashua, Auburn, New Ipswich, Keene, New Boston and Bedford.

INJURIES/DEATHS: None.

KEY ROAD/GOVERNMENT CLOSINGS: Many communities shutting down public buildings early, releasing workers; some local roads closed.

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