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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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

Credit Flikr Creative Commons / Micky.!

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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All Things Considered
6:07 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Plane in I-93 Crash Once Made Emergency Landing in Nashua

Interstate 93 in Hooksett, the scene of a plane crash in which two people were killed.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown, NHPR

Two people are dead after their plane crashed alongside Interstate 93 in Hooksett.

NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown was on the scene earlier today. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about what police have confirmed about the Doris and Herman Hassenger, the people killed in the crash, and about the plane's history.

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Elections 2012
4:26 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Guinta And Shea-Porter Both Reading From The Same Playbook

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

This time around in the first congressional district the names are the same but the roles are flipped; Republican Frank Guinta, once the challenger, is now the incumbent. But that’s not the only way this year’s race is like a mirror image of last election.

When Congressman Frank Guinta goes out knocking on the doors of independents in Manchester – his political backyard – most everybody knows who he is.

Guinta: Good Morning!

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Elections 2012
4:35 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

UNH Poll Points To Hassan Win In Gubernatorial Race, Democratic Majorities In House And Senate

WMUR Granite State Poll / UNH Survey Center

The second in a series of polls out this week from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center predicts that Democrats will win the governorship and majorities in both the House and Senate.

This is the fourth poll in a row that shows a widening lead for Democrats in the “generic ballot” question: that’s to say “will you be voting for the Democrat or the Republican in your local House or Senate race?”

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Elections 2012
9:26 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

WMUR/UNH Poll Finds Obama Holds Lead, Romney Lags With Women

UNH Survey Center / WMUR Granite State poll

The latest poll from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center shows President Obama maintaining a slight lead over Governor Mitt Romney in the Granite State.

UNH Pollster Andy Smith says the latest poll shows that there is still an enthusiasm gap, with more Republican voters feeling fired up about the election, but..

Smith: Obama has a 59 percent to 34 percent lead among women, Romney has a smaller lead among men, so the gender gap is there but advantaging the president right now.

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Education
8:06 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Charter School Advocates Mob State Board Of Ed. Meeting

Delta Dental CEO and Chairman of the State Board of Education Tom Raffio has found himself in the middle of the kerfluffle surrounding charter school applications
Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Charter School advocates and organizers packed the room for today’s meeting of the State Board of Education, to ask them rescind the moratorium on New Charter school approvals.

Several of the schools whose applications were denied because of a state budget shortfall were on hand, saying the moratorium was poorly timed.

Schools like the Gate City Charter say that this will keep them from opening on time.

Cevasco: My name is Karin Cevasco, and we are here to compel you to accept our application.

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Elections 2012
2:36 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Guinta, Shea-Porter In Another Ad Accuracy Stir

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

The Guinta campaign has taken issue with another television ad in the race for the first congressional district. This is just the latest salvo of the tit-for-tat that has characterized the contest.

Guinta’s campaign is upset about an ad from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, because it makes the following claim…

Ad: Frank Guinta voted to make you pay over $1,000 dollars a year more in taxes.

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Word of Mouth
11:37 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Harvesting Chestnuts In The Granite State

Todd Ross, a volunteer for the NH chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, shows off a healthy, wild, naturally polinated chestnut burr
Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Its fall in New England and that means apples, cranberries, pumpkins, and – about a hundred years ago – it meant chestnuts.

But last century an invasive blight wiped out chestnuts on the East Coast. So in order to get the feel of the autumns of yester-year, NHPR checked in with the effort to bring the once mighty chestnut back to New Hampshire forests.

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