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.

Sarah lives in Warner with her husband and daughter.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Veteran Lawmakers To Lead Key House Committees

The N.H. Statehouse
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

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

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NH News
5:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Officials Release Sketch Related To Abigail Hernandez Disappearance

Law enforcement officials are asking the public for help in identifying a man who may be tied to the disappearance of Abigail Hernandez.

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.

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NH News
10:10 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Poet Maxine Kumin Has Died At Age 88

Credit 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.

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All Things Considered
5:26 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Your Comments: On Health Care, Bridges And Sunflowers

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.

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NH News
4:29 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

PSNH Announces New President

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

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All Things Considered
5:37 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Your Comments: On Early Childhood Ed, Health Exchanges and World Records

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:

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Our Friday NH News Roundup - Week of July 8th

Credit 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.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Joe Nye And The Relevance Of The Presidency

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.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Serious Discussion On School Discipline

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.

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Health
1:14 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Final Members Named To Medicaid Expansion Committee

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

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NH News
5:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

PSNH Announces New Northern Pass Route

Credit PSNH

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

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Innovation In Higher Education

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.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Our Friday NH News Roundup - Week of April 22nd

Credit 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.

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All Things Considered
5:54 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Your Comments: On Nashua's Airport, Blizzard Bags And Syrup

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:

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NH News
5:03 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

N.H. Journalist Jim Foley Kidnapped In Syria

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

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Politics
4:07 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Shaheen Lands Spot On Senate Appropriations Committee

Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Credit Amanda Loder for NHPR

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

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Elections 2012
1:36 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Pres. Obama Carries New Hampshire

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.

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Elections 2012
6:47 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Big Name Republicans Work G.O.P. Voters In N.H.

Cindy McCain, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Credit 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.

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Elections 2012
5:28 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Pres. Obama And Romney Plan Last-Minute Campaign Push In N.H.

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.

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Elections 2012
3:10 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Michelle Obama And Ann Romney Cancel N.H. Events

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

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NH News
2:56 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

UNH Closes Campus Monday And Tuesday

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

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NH News
6:05 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

LGC Will Return $22.5 Million Surplus

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.

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Elections 2012
9:25 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Smith Concedes

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. 

NH News
3:04 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Police Cancel Jaffrey Fireworks Festival Because Of Bomb Threat

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

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NH News
2:43 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

E.P.A. Proposes Lower Nitrogen Limit For Portsmouth

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.

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NH News
6:05 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

N.H. Supreme Court Rules Low-Income Parents Have No Absolute Right To Lawyers

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.

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NH News
4:48 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Congressional Delegation Reaction Falls Along Party Lines

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

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NH News
6:45 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

N.H. House Majority Leader Bettencourt Won't Seek Re-election

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:

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NH News
4:09 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Minority Birth Rates In NH Don't Match National Trends

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

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