Sheryl Rich-Kern


Sheryl Rich-Kern has been contributing stories for NHPR since 2006, covering education, social services, business, health care and an occasional quirky yarn that epitomizes life in New Hampshire. Sheryl’s Challenges of Autism series won the first place award for a feature story from the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
In addition to producing news for NHPR, Sheryl has filed stories for Word of Mouth, as well the nationally-syndicated Environment Report, All Things Considered and Marketplace. She also writes for several business magazines.
Prior to her endeavors with radio, Sheryl worked as a public relations specialist and an adjunct college professor. She graduated Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and film, and earned a master’s degree in management from Lesley College in Cambridge.
Sheryl has lived in Nashua for more than 20 years.


Business and Economy
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Lower N.H. Unemployment Means A Mixed Bag For Holiday Seasonal Work

Martina Ramsey, a full-time employee who started as a seasonal employee two years ago at Josh's Toys & Games in Nashua
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern for NHPR

The New Hampshire Retail Association expects us all to do more shopping this holiday season.  The group projects a 4.3 percent jump in sales, slightly higher than national forecasts.

In anticipation, New Hampshire retailers, warehouses and delivery services are recruiting temporary workers. And while that bodes well for the job market, not all employers and employees find what they’re looking for.

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NH News
3:40 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Nashua Weighing $20+ Million Downtown Performing Arts Venue

A lobby rendering from the Nashua Arts Venue Proposal

Officials in Nashua are considering plans for a new downtown performance arts venue. Architectural drawings call for a multi-level theater one block from Main Street that seats 1,400 and includes a 500-car parking garage and space for a restaurant. 

The city held a public hearing on the proposal Tuesday.

Sarah Marchant, who directs Nashua’s community development division, says the project would cost around 22-point-five million dollars, but she says the city doesn’t intend to foot that entire bill.

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Business and Economy
3:10 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Whole Foods' Pricey, Personal Formula Could Put Pressure On N.H. Farmers

Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern for NHPR

Whole Foods opened its first New Hampshire store in Nashua last month. It plans to add stores in Bedford and Portsmouth by 2016.

It’s an open question whether the Texas-based chain known for high-end natural and organic products can compete with farmers markets on the one hand and with the reopened Market Basket, or the grocers that saw their business grow as the Demoulas family feuded.

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Business and Economy
4:55 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Whole Foods Opens First New Hampshire Location Tuesday

This Austin, TX Whole Foods interior shot is typical of the upscale chain's aesthetic.
Credit Mark Stevens via Flickr CC

The upscale grocer Whole Foods, which is based in Texas with close to 400 stores around the country, opens its first New Hampshire location on Tuesday in Nashua. 

The food business has its share of troubles in New Hampshire. Market Basket’s labor protests are keeping shelves empty and customers away. And last year, Shaw’s closed many of its stores, and Stop & Shop pulled out of the state altogether.

But despite these struggles and competition from big-box retailers or local farm stands, Whole Foods is betting on consumer demand for natural and organic. 

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Business and Economy
2:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Demographics, Wealth, Resiliency Add Up To More Over-Fifty Entrepreneurs

Boomer entrepreneur Steve Young poses on his motorcycle.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern for NHPR

What’s a classic profile of an entrepreneur? Smart, prone to risk and under the age of thirty. 

Steve Young of StreetWize Technologies personifies some of those qualities, except he’s a 56-year old starting a new business aimed at older motorcycle riders.

Young takes his fiery orange Harley Davidson touring bike out for a spin near his shop in Nashua. Soon he’ll install a product in the bike that you can’t see: a hidden third wheel. 

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NH News
12:40 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Holocaust Memorial Opens in Nashua

Holocaust Memorial
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

New Hampshire’s first public memorial to the victims of the Holocaust officially opens in downtown Nashua this Sunday.

Unlike many memorials and museums, its funding didn’t come from a committee or a foundation.

Instead, the $150,000 was raised by a single man, former Nashua alderman Fred Teeboom, who was a Jewish child in hiding after the Nazis occupied Holland.

Nearly 70 years after he lived as a hidden child during World War II, Fred Teeboom is on a mission.

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A Matter of Degrees
8:50 am
Wed May 7, 2014

High Numbers Of Adjuncts Raise Questions Of Fairness, Quality

Kathleen Hoben teaches at Manchester Community College
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern for NHPR

At New Hampshire colleges and universities, about 70 percent of faculty members are off the tenure track. And a good percentage of those non-tenured professors are part-time.

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NH News
9:44 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Older Addicts Face Limited Treatment Options

Farnum Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

  The latest census numbers project that more than a quarter of New Hampshire’s population will turn 60 or older by the year 2030, up almost 40 percent from 2012.

And in that same year, the number of older adults with mental health problems could meet or exceed the number of younger adults with mental health issues.  

Among the most common mental health issues: depression and alcoholism.

This silent epidemic is creating an array of challenges for the health care workforce in New Hampshire.

Dick Lievens of Tilton sits at a coffee shop in Manchester.

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NH News
2:11 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Older Boomers Face Stigma Over Drinking Problems

Dr. Stephen Bartels, Director, Dartmouth Center for Health and Aging
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

It’s common knowledge that in New Hampshire those between 18 to 25 years of age have a drinking problem.

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NH News
10:15 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Nashua's Historic Mansion Sold

Frank E. Anderson House, Nashua
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

UPDATE: One of Nashua’s largest historic mansions, the Frank E. Anderson estate — last used as a school and a home for retired nuns — was sold Wednesday.

The Nashua Telegraph reports an auction scheduled for Thursday was canceled after news of the sale broke.

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NH News
9:43 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Survivors of Suicide Loss Attend International Day of Healing

Diane McEntee, Allison Sharpe, Maureen Sloan
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR


  This Saturday marks the 15th annual International Survivors of Suicide Day.

In New Hampshire, bereavement groups in Concord, Hampstead, Merrimack, Plymouth, and Keene will gather for an international teleconference on suicide loss. 

Local survivors will have a chance to tell their own personal stories and hear mental health experts discuss the latest research on suicide and grief.

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NH News
1:54 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Innovative Perks Improve Workplace Productivity

Amy Sherwood and Trevor Hughes - IAPP
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

Arcade games. Billiard tables. Onsite oil changes and dry cleaning. No limits on vacations.

These are just a few of the perks companies like the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) are cooking up to attract and keep top talent.

The IAPP produces conferences and courses for people who do things like investigate cybercrime or evaluate privacy ethics.

CEO Trevor Hughes shows off the IAPP headquarters, a converted machine shop designed to look more appealing with wood beam ceilings and funky artwork.

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NH News
4:28 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Nashua Mayor Responds to Police Investigation

Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau spoke publicly on Friday, November 8, in response to a police investigation of her and her husband, David.

In front of about 30 people at city hall, Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said that a small number of people are the cause of a smear campaign against her and her husband, David.

On Monday, November 4, the Lozeaus released documents from a 2009 investigation that accused her of kickbacks and her husband of bid-rigging and drug use.

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NH News
11:07 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Saturday Rally Supports Late-Night Worker Safety

Local gas station where Shannon Cothran worked
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

Friends of a fired convenience store employee who pulled out a gun to prevent a robbery are holding a rally in Nashua on Saturday at 2 PM at the local Shell gas station where he worked. 

This past Monday at 3 AM, Shannon Cothran was the lone employee at the downtown gas station in  Nashua.

When a masked individual came in, demanded money and threatened him with a knife, Cothran pull out his gun.

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NH News
11:03 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Protest For Fired Clerk Who Pulled Gun On Armed Robber

Organizer Kevin Boyle
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR


  About 50 people rallied in Nashua to protest the firing earlier this week of a convenience store clerk who wielded a handgun to ward off an armed robber.

Supporters of fired employee Shannon Cothran stood near the local gas station where he worked in downtown Nashua on Saturday.

The held up signs, calling for a boycott of Shell gas stations, owned by Massachusetts-based Nouria Energy.

Kevin Boyle organized the demonstration.

He says while Cothran did break the company’s no-weapons policy, the company needs to reexamine its attitudes:

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