Sarah Ashworth

News Director

Sarah joined NHPR from Minnesota Public Radio, where she directed and produced Morning Edition. Prior to working at MPR, she was a producer for The Diane Rehm Show in Washington, D.C. She spent three years as a reporter and producer at Vermont Public Radio, working on the station’s one-hour talk program, Vermont Edition.

Previously, she worked as news director at KBIA radio in Columbia, Missouri. She also served as an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she helped launch the school’s public radio program. During that time, she won a national Edward R. Murrow award for a radio documentary that examined earthquake preparedness along the New Madrid Fault Line.

Under Sarah’s leadership, NHPR won two national Edward R. Murrow awards-- in 2015 for Overall Excellence and in 2016 for News Series.

Sarah lives in Warner with her husband and daughter.


Ways to Connect

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A number of familiar faces will lead key New Hampshire House committees.

Law enforcement officials are asking the public for help in identifying a man who may be tied to the disappearance of Abigail Hernandez.  Authorities released a sketch today of a man Hernandez says drove her away from Conway in a navy blue pick-up truck in October of 2013.  She describes the man as having darkish skin with dark brown eyes, black stubble facial hair, and someone who was slightly overweight and around five-foot-four-inches tall.

Poetry Foundation

The Pulitzer-winning poet Maxine Kumin died Thursday at her home in Warner, where she and her husband lived for almost four decades. 

Born in Philadelphia, Maxine Kumin taught at Universities in Boston.  But, hating the city, Kumin and her husband moved to a farm in Warner, which they called the “Pobiz” farm. They lived together there for almost four decades, where they raised horses and grew vegetables. 

From 1981-1981, Kumin served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, a role now called the US poet laureate.

Time again for some of your comments on some recent news stories:

The conversation continues on health insurance, in particular the “narrow network” plan Harvard Pilgrim is launching with partners Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Elliot Health Systems. The companies say it will be 10% cheaper than other group offerings.

A top official at Connecticut Light and Power will become the next president of Public Service of New Hampshire.

Time now for some of your comments on some recent news stories:

This week Sam Evans-Brown reported on a state effort to win federal funding toward early childhood education. This is a field where salaries are traditionally low, and Marie Davis wrote a comment that better wages will improve quality. She writes that she drove her baby an hour to a center:

Sara Plourde

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords visits the Granite State in support of stricter gun laws, a commission was launched to study the  possible expansion of Medicaid in the state; A law was passed raising the speed limit to 70 on parts of Interstate 93 and NBC news delivers a mea culpa after a recent story they did leaves  New Hampshire off the map . We’ll look at the stories that topped the headlines for the last two weeks.


In his new book, Harvard University President Joseph Nye analyzes the role of presidential leadership during the rise of American global influence from Theodore Roosevelt - the first president to assert this country’s power on the world stage - to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War during a time when American power reached its zenith.


Many in New Hampshire have become concerned over the rise of expulsions and suspensions. Not only are the reason for these suspensions expanding, they say, but taking a kid out of school may not be the most effective punishment. We’ll look at this and alternate ways some are suggesting to steer bad students back on the straight and narrow.


The final four members have been named to the state's Medicaid Expansion study committee.


Public Service of New Hampshire has announced a new route for its Northern Pass project that involves nearly eight miles of underground lines.

In an era of soaring tuition and student debt, colleges and universities are looking for new ways to pursue affordability and flexibility – offering everything from online courses to three-year degrees.  We’ll talk with some at the forefront of this trend and explore some of the questions being raised about these approaches.


Sara Plourde

Debates over gambling and the Stand Your Ground law heated up this week at the Statehouse, a Republican representative makes national news over a posting she made on Facebook, and Ted Gatsas announces he’ll run for a third term as Manchester's Mayor.  We’ll look at the top stories of the week.


Time now for some of your comments on our recent stories:

Last week we reported on the news that the FAA plans to close the control tower at Boire Field in Nashua. Bobsr posted about that story on our website:

The family of an international journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire says gunmen in Syria kidnapped him on Thanksgiving Day.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been named to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

New Hampshire voters elected to give President Obama a second term.  As of midday Wednesday, the president had carried the state by a six percentage point margin.

Brian Wallstin

While President Obama stumped in Concord, a band of prominent Republicans traveled the state on behalf of Mitt Romney and gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne.

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney both plan to be in the Granite State in the days leading up to the election.

Hurricane Sandy has prompted both First Lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney to cancel scheduled campaign events in New Hampshire. 

The University of New Hampshire's Durham campus will be closed Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy and expected power outages.

The Local Government center will return twenty-two-and-a-half million dollars to its members. The board will return the money as a contribution holiday payment, which lowers the amount members pay over the coverage year.

A little after 9 p.m., candidate Kevin Smith told supporters, "Tonight I have called Ovide Lamontagne to congratulate him," on winning GOP primary for governor.  He thanked supporters and asked them to back Lamontagne in the general election. 

Police have canceled this weekend’s fireworks festival in Jaffrey because of a bomb threat.

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a higher limit for Nitrogen discharge from Portsmouth’s wastewater treatment plant.  But city officials are still unsure whether it will actually save the city money.

The state’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that New Hampshire parents who can’t afford a lawyer and are charged with abuse or neglect can now be appointed a lawyer on a case-by-case basis. 

For the last year and a half, due to budget cuts, the state has not provided low income parents with lawyers. 

Jeanne Herrick with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office says the ruling lines up with the state’s position that there is no absolute right to counsel.  She says it’s now up to a judge to decide.

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is reacting largely along party lines to the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care.

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt announced Friday that he will not seek re-election and will step down at the end of the legislative session.  The following statement was released by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee:

For the first time in U.S. history, more babies are being born to minority parents than to non-Hispanic white parents.