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
5:40 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

State To NEO: Give More Scholarships To Public School Students

The Department of Revenue Administration has released a memo clarifying the rules surrounding a controversial education tax credit scholarship. The memo makes clear that the state’s largest scholarship organization will have to change how it operates next year.

The Network for Educational Opportunity will have to give 70 percent of its scholarships to individual public school students. This year it’s giving 70 percent of the funds to just 13 public school students. That’s the lion’s share of the funds going to just 12.6 percent of scholarship recipients.

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Education
4:34 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Common Core Standards Could Knock As, Bs And Cs Off Report Cards

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 10:45 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Most of today's students and their parents are used to report cards based on the letters A through F. But a new grading system is taking root in schools across the country. It's called standards-based grading. The point is to give parents more information, as New Hampshire Public Radio's Sam Evans-Brown reports.

SAM EVANS-BROWN, BYLINE: Here's what we know about grades in America: A is good, F is bad. But what about these?

BRIAN STACK: We have like E, M, IP, and LP.

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NH News
3:17 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

New England Governors Agree On Regional Energy Infrastructure 'Mission Statement'

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The governors of all six New England states have signed an agreement that aims to lower energy costs and improve electricity reliability.

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NH News
12:59 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Gulf Of Maine Closed To Shrimp Fishing In 2014

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Fishing for shrimp in the Gulf of Maine has been cancelled for 2014. There are only about 5% of the normal number of shrimp left in the Gulf, and regulators say the stock needs to rebuild.

The closure of the shrimp fishery has been on the horizon for years: since 2006 the abundance of the little crustaceans in the Gulf of Maine has been declining. Last year shrimpers only managed to catch 307 tons, compare that to 9,500 tons in 1996.

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NH News
10:45 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

SEC Reform Workshop Draws Varied Crowd

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Tuesday night state officials heard from New Hampshire residents concerned about how the state approves power plants and other transmission lines. The group was weighing in on a variety of proposed changes to the SEC – a quasi-judicial, 15-member body that decides whether energy projects should be built.

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Environment
5:39 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

RGGI States To EPA: Let Us Regulate Power Plant Carbon

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The nine states that are members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have written the EPA to ask that RGGI be used as a model for forthcoming national regulations on emissions from existing power plants.

The EPA has already released rules on how much carbon dioxide new power plants are allowed to emit, But the rules that will crack down on existing plants are still in the works.

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Environment
1:45 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

PSNH Hotline Looks To Encourage Electric Car Buyers

Credit Sam Evans-Brown; Data: Electric Drive Transportation Association / NHPR

Today Public Service of New Hampshire launched its Electric Vehicle Hotline, where consumers can find out about electric cars currently on the market. The move comes as electric car sales have begun to pick up, and utilities see those drivers as a sales opportunity.

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Word of Mouth
11:46 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Classic Thanksgiving Dishes, Right In Your Backyard

Credit Shannon Dooling for NHPR

The traditional thanksgiving feast includes turkey, potatoes, cranberries and of course, pie. Some of the foodies from NHPR’s newsroom traveled around the state to find more on the local producers and traditions of holiday fixings. 

Thanks to Shannon Dooling, Emily Corwin, Sam Evans-Brown and Todd Bookman for these stories, which first aired last November.

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Environment
6:30 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New Climate Model To Help Planners Plot Future

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Municipal Planners all around the state are teaming up with a University of New Hampshire Scientist to plan for Climate Change.

With funding from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, Climate Scientist Cameron Wake has put together a new climate model that predicts more summer heat and bigger rain storms for many individual New Hampshire towns. On Monday, Wake presented the predictions to planners from the central part of the state, having already shown the findings to similar groups in the Upper Valley and the Monadnock Region.

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NH News
5:32 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Workers Vote With Feet, Leave Home-Based Child Care

Little Visions Child Care is one of hundreds of home based day cares all around the state. These day cares are increasingly hard to find, as more and more child care happens in centers.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

There’s a change underway in New Hampshire daycare. Increasingly childcare centers are opening and family, home-based operations are closing, and some believe the changing demands of the workplace are part of what’s driving the shift.

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Environment
6:04 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Committee Gives GMO Labeling Bill Thumbs Down

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A House committee voted 12 to 8  to recommende against passing a bill that would require retailers to label foods containing genetically modified crops, or GMOs. The vote means the chances are slim of getting the bill through a divided legislature.

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NH News
6:32 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Custom Confectioners Churn Out Halloween Chocolates

Strawberry Creams on their way into the "enrober" where they will get a chocolate shower ...
Sam Evans-Brown NHPR

Halloween is upon us, and Granite State Candies, a third generation candy shop in Concord and Manchester, has been making custom chocolates for the Holiday even though Halloween is not necessarily the time when shoppers splurge on that special treat.

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Environment
2:48 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

New Hydropower Transmission Line Proposed For Vermont

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A developer has proposed another transmission project that would link Canadian hydro-power to consumers in Southern New England. As proposed the project would be 150 miles through Vermont, and be entirely underground and underwater.

The transmission line is called the New England Clean Power Link. It would run from Southern Quebec, buried along the bottom of Lake Champlain before turning east for 50 miles to Ludlow, Vermont, where it would plug into the New England grid.

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Education
5:48 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Common Core Bills Likely To Divide Conservatives

Kindergartners and teachers at InterLakes Elementary School work with a consultant to adapt to the Common Core
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The state adopted the Common Core Standards in 2010 with little controversy at the time. But you wouldn’t know that by the tone of a legislative forum Tuesday morning.  The controversy over the Common Core State Standards has made its way to the New Hampshire legislature. This session lawmakers will be asked to consider pulling the plug on the state’s new educational goalposts.

The hall was packed with conservative activists who called the forum one-sided.

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Education
5:31 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

The Common Core Comes To Concord

New Hampshire lawmakers are going to learn more about the Common Core State Standards Tuesday. A forum on the education reform comes as the educational standards have increasingly become a flash point for local education activists.

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