Sara Plourde

Digital Producer & Designer

Sara has been a part of the NHPR Digital team since 2011, when she began volunteering in New Media, later joining the Word of Mouth team as Associate Producer in Digital Media, and finally transitioning into the role of Digital Producer & Designer. 

Her work includes news and programming infographics, original stories reported on the web, photo blogs, video, and illustrated supplemental content. Sara also works on the fund drive & events teams, and designs underwriting art for NHPR business supporters.

Prior to joining NHPR, Sara worked as a books reviewer for Broken Pencil Magazine (Toronto, ON), theater designer, and high school teacher. Outside of work, she enjoys gaming, reading, and bookbinding.

Sara holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from New Hampshire Institute of Art, where she studied photography, printmaking, and digital media. She has works in NHIA's permanent collection and the Special Collections at Teti Library.

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Education
3:49 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

VLACS By The Numbers

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Folk Show Performances
9:06 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Live In Studio: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Married banjo greats Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn recently visited us to perform live in Studio D for The Folk Show. Check out the video of their performance.

Politics
7:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary 2014: Wins In Hand For Brown, Havenstein, Garcia, Guinta

Scott Brown gives victory speech, says "Town halls still matter in NH"
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10:27 p.m.

For the third time, former Congressman Frank Guinta will face Carol Shea-Porter for New Hampshire's District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Guinta won the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary, taking 49 percent of the vote.

Dan Innis, former dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire and co-owner of Portsmouth’s Ale House Inn, received 41 percent, while libertarian Brendan Kelly won 8 percent.

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Environment
9:31 am
Mon July 14, 2014

The Ins & Outs Of Star Island [Infographic]

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Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

As sustainable as Star Island's systems are, the folks at Star Island Corporation are working to make them even more efficient, making improvements that mean bringing less onto the island, sending less off, and making more use of what's there.

The graphic below outlines what comes onto the island - either naturally or shipped by boat - what gets sent off, and where everything goes in between.

Notes:

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Environment
8:30 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Infographic: The Science Behind Summer Storms

Credit NHPR Staff

With warming weather comes stormy weather - but why is that? If it's been a while since elementary school science class, catch up on the phenomena of summer thunderstorms and hail with this primer.

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Environment
9:53 am
Thu June 19, 2014

What You Should Know About Arsenic & Your Well Water [Infographic]

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Have you ever wondered how toxic elements like arsenic get into your well water? Do you know how many of New Hampshire's bedrock wells contain more arsenic than the EPA recommends for safe, potable water? If your well was one of them, would you know how to treat it?

Read through the graphic below to learn more about arsenic and well water.

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NH News
3:57 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

On The Inside: NH's Women Behind Bars [Infographic]

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Increasingly, corrections officials are looking to statistics to inform their decisions around all aspects of prison practices. As NHPR's Emily Corwin recently reported, inmates’ gender and trauma statistics are helping inform the design of the state’s new women's prison in Concord.

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Word of Mouth
11:37 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Vintage Cake Toppers: The Stuff Of Nightmares

This vintage kewpie topper might only be suitable for a "Ravages of Time" theme.

Weddings trends come and go with the times, and today, vintage themes & items are all the rage, as young couples eschew the extravagant trappings of old for simpler ceremonies (if you don't believe us, head on over to Pinterest).

A vintage cake topper, however, is maybe not the way to go. Proceed with caution.

Infographic
10:09 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Things You Should Know About Ticks [Infographic]

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

With tick season in full swing - and this year being described as the worst in recent history - the risk of tick bites and tick-borne infection is high. Read through the graphic below to learn more about ticks, the infections they can carry, and how to prevent being infected yourself.

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Infographic
12:33 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Infographic: Sexual Assaults At N.H. Colleges

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Under the federal Clery Act, colleges and universities are required to report crime statistics. This chart measures total reported forcible sexual offenses involving students, on and off-campus, at each New Hampshire school.

The numbers are not adjusted to account for enrollment, which would allow for a better comparison. For example, with a 2012 undergraduate enrollment of 12,565, UNH sees 1.67 incidences per capita - while, with an enrollment of 6,277, Dartmouth sees 3.82 per capita.

Research suggests as many 95 percent of campus rapes and sexual assaults go unreported.

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A Matter Of Degrees
1:56 am
Thu May 8, 2014

How STEM Became The 'Buzzword Of The Decade' [VIDEO]

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

If it seems like, these days, everyone is talking about STEM - that now common acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs - it's because they are.

In this animated two-way, we take a look at what the push for STEM means for the state - from our public university system, to the State House, and through the business community - and for students.

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Politics
10:19 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Document: Superior Court Judge McNamara's Decision On Reams v. Foster

Rockingham County Attorney James Reams filed a petition challenging his suspension by Attorney General Joseph A. Foster. Reams alleged his November 6, 2013 suspension was illegal and sought that the court order his reinstatement. A judge reinstated Reams on Thursday, April 10.

Read the full text here:

Reams v Foster, Et Al. Order 4/10/14

Environment
2:35 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: White Nose Syndrome - The Peculiar Plight Of Eastern Bat Species

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Check out the graphic below to find out what white-nose syndrome is, how far it is spreading, and why it is such a concern for animal conservationists.

Word of Mouth
3:07 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

State Of The Union Bingo!

State Of The Union Bingo
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Planning on watching the State of the Union address this evening? Why not have a little fun and play State of the Union bingo with us. Simply print out our fancy bingo card here, and keep your ears open. We'll also be live-tweeting the speech, if you'd like to join the conversation online. It all kicks off at 9 p.m. sharp!     

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Sports
9:33 am
Thu December 26, 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: Brush Up On Curling

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

You know curling - it's the ice sport people tend to forget about between Winter Olympics. Like a cold game of chess, curling is turn-based and largely strategical - and also like chess, the game comes with a good number of rules & proprietary terms. Our guide, created with some help from the World Curling Federation, will help you sort out the terms and understand the commentary.

[Updated 1/13/14]

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NH News
4:31 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Improving School Security: Guidelines From The N.H. Department Of Safety

Guidelines: New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

After last December's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management conducted a survey and determined that N.H.’s school buildings are at widely varied levels of security. In response, they developed the following recommendations based on three core standards: Surveillance, Access Control, & Emergency Alerting. Each school will have to take into account their budgetary constraints & environmental factors when considering how to implement the guidelines.

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NH News
9:06 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Firewood: A Printable Guide

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Whether you use it to heat your home or just for atmosphere on a chilly night, it's firewood season in New Hampshire. Use this guide as a helpful shortcut to figure out which wood to buy, when to buy it, and how to store it.

To save a full-size copy for printing, click here, right-click the image, select "Save As.../Save Image As..." & choose your save location. Image prints at 8.5 x 14" (US legal) with an 1/8" (0.125") margin.

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How We Work
4:12 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Students Speak On Economy, College & Careers

Credit Pigeonpie via Flickr Creative Commons

At the height of the recession, the Class of 2011 was taking PSATs and perusing college brochures. What is it like to make plans for your future in a country whose economic future is uncertain?

To find out, we talk to four former students of Pembroke Academy: Matthew Lindsay, junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Sarah Kelley, junior at University of New Hampshire; Hannah David, junior at University of New Hampshire; and Kali Mara, senior at Plymouth State University

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How We Work
3:23 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

MAP: Job Recovery By County

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

To get a glimpse of how each individual New Hampshire county is doing with regard to job recovery after the recession, check out the map below. The graphs cover the period from January 2008 through March 2013, the most recent numbers available.

What you're not seeing: Employment trends upward in the spring and summer months; final figures for 2013 will give us a clearer picture of where we are, but won't be available until next year.

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Health
1:57 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: How The ACA Is Changing N.H.'s Individual Market

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Much has been made of the changes introduced, with the passing of the Affordable Care Act, to the health care markets, but many still struggle to understand how they will be personally affected.

While only making up 3.5% of New Hampshire's overall market, the individual market is seeing the greatest level of upheaval, with the addition of the newly insured, the merging of the high-risk pools, changes to the small group market, shifting premiums, changing benefits, and federal subsidies.

The graphic below aims to make sense of many of the changes happening in the individual market.
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Environment
2:00 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Meet Ben Kilham, 'Bear Whisperer'

Ben Kilham with one of his bears, Big Girl
Lauren Gesswien Courtesy of Ben Kilham

From ThoughtCast comes a story about the bear whisperer of Lyme, New Hampshire, Ben Kilham, and the abandoned black bear cubs he has rescued, rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

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The Download
12:29 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

MAP: Nashua On The List Of U.S. App Development Hotspots

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Some of our nation's hotspots for app development are fairly predictable - Seattle, San Francisco - but others will surprise you. North Carolina? New Jersey? Nashua, New Hampshire?

While the smaller markets on the list do have lower numbers of people employed in the field, their concentration in the overall job market is greater, giving them a higher "location quotient" - in other words, these are the areas most saturated with app developers.

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The Download
2:51 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: Our Application Nation

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

This week,  we're getting to the bottom of the growing app development economy in New Hampshire. So, who's using smartphones and mobile apps, and how many? And the people that make apps, what do they do? This infographic provides a snapshot of the U.S. application picture.

Health
1:04 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Obamacare & You: What The New Law Means For N.H.

Queen City Crime
2:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Anatomy Of A Murder

An August 1999 newspaper article recounts a development in the case.
Credit Lewiston Sun

Manchester has seen four homicides so far this year. That’s twice the city’s annual average of two, but police say these types of violent crimes are often anomalies, making it difficult to call this year’s spike a trend, and only one of this year’s cases remains unsolved.

As part of our Queen City Crime series, we examine the anatomy of how these homicides are solved by taking a closer look at a 1999 case that proved to be one of the most taxing investigations ever undertaken by the Manchester Police Department.

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Queen City Crime
6:06 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

From Batons To BearCATs: The Tools Of Policing Over The Years

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Law enforcement officials use myriad tools to help them work better, faster, and smarter. These tools have changed greatly over time, as needs shifted and technology advanced. This graphic outlines some of the most significant changes in the tools of policing of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Health
1:18 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

In Plain Language: A Glossary Of Terms For End-Of-Life Planning

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The terms used in advance directive forms can be tough to understand and have the possibility for misinterpretation, given that their specific legal definitions can sometimes clash with common usage. Understanding the terms on the forms is vital to creating an advance directive that is properly representative of one's wishes.

As part of his series looking at the issues and changes around advance directives in New Hampshire, NHPR's health reporter Todd Bookman explains the following terms as they relate to end-of-life planning:

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Queen City Crime
5:02 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Infographic: Drugs In The Queen City

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

With any black market, it's impossible to track the full extent of its reach. One way to estimate the relative quantity of various drugs in the city is to track undercover drug buys and seizures by the police department. This system of measurement, however, is an imperfect science; large busts (see: cocaine, 2009) skew numbers for a particular year, throwing off the curve, and budgetary and tactical considerations can restrict potential drug buys.

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Foodstuffs
4:17 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

What To Do With Daikon Radishes

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“Also known as Japanese horseradish or mooli, daikon looks like a bigger, uglier, knobbier parsnip and, if its flavor can be likened to anything, it is reminiscent of a finer, less fiery radish.”

- From the cookbook Cooking Vegetables.

If you have a CSA subscription, chances are you have found a daikon radish in your share recently. Daikon radishes are a staple in Asian cuisine, the name daikon is actually Japanese for "great root." They're a prolific vegetable and can often grow up to 20" in length with a diameter of 4"! Recently, reporter Josh Rogers was the recipient of a rather large daikon radish, and asked: what do you do with this?

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Queen City Crime
8:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Serious Offenses: Part 1 Crimes In Manchester

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Part 1, also referred to as "index crimes," is a category of eight crimes laid out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as serious crimes likely to be reported. What sets Part 1 crimes apart, in particular, is the way they are tracked: Part 1 crimes are tracked based on how often they are reported, whereas Part 2 crimes - comprising just about all other crimes, such as drug offenses, white collar crime, and nuisance crimes like public drunkenness - are tracked based on arrests made.

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