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.


NH News
6:08 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Convenience Store Clerk Knew He Could Be Fired For Carrying A Gun

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 the local gas station where he worked.

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Business and Economy
2:37 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Local Start-ups Win $100K in Prize Money

Steve Graves of Kinetic Surface Controls
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

The New Hampshire High Tech Council and the non-profit abi innovation hub , hosted the state's largest high tech start-up competition  at the second annual Tech Out competition in Nashua this week.

A tech-savvy crowd came to network and pitch their grand ideas to investors.

One of the 20 accredited investors, Jesse Devitte of Borealis Ventures says that, "We’re interested in smart, passionate people that have an idea that can make a material change in the market, where there’s real pain, and we’ll invest in those people."

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NH News
4:46 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

After A Funding Cut, CHINS Program Is Back

Judy Lavoie, grandparent
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

  Two years ago, legislators cut the budget for the Children in Need of Services program.  Only kids with severe emotional problems could receive help.

That left parents and parole officers with few resources to prevent kids from running away from home or skipping school.

But a new law restores the program , although in a slightly different form.

Unlike in previous years, families in conflict don’t have to go to court to receive social services.

State officials and child advocates are keeping a close watch on how the process unfolds.

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Queen City Crime
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Manchester Police Deal With Cultural Conflicts Within Refugee Community

Kamal Basnet
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

Close to 3000 refugees have arrived in Manchester in the last decade, many from the war-torn regions of Somalia, Sudan and Iraq.  Another 200 are expected to arrive in the city this fall.

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2:48 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Blossoming Wine Industry Relies On More Than Hardy Grapes To Survive

Amy LaBelle and Cesar Arboleda of LaBelle Winery.
Sheryl Rich-Kern

Unlike maple sugaring or beekeeping, wine making is not a typical agricultural pastime in New Hampshire.

But new techniques in viticulture, along with classic Yankee persistence, are making local wine production a larger part of New Hampshire’s agricultural mix.

According to the New Hampshire Winery Association, the state now has 30 wineries, double the number here in 2005.  New Hampshire wine is no longer a rarity in local grocery and liquor stores, farmers markets and restaurants.

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Word of Mouth
9:49 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Silence And Photographs: Nashua Man Walking To California

Greg Hindy
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

It’s summer. And for many college grads, a last chance to do something daring before entering the real world. Greg Hindy plans to spend a year walking from New Hampshire to California. Along the way, he’ll take photographs with a field camera. He calls it a performance art project, mostly because of the unusual rules of the journey.

Greg Hindy is taking a yearlong vow of silence.

That means no talking, no writing, no texting or watching TV.

Hindy took off a week ago.

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NH News
5:55 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Executive Council Approves Plaistow Rail Study

On Wednesday the Executive Council authorized a new rail study  — one that examines whether to bring trains to Plaistow.

This study will cost far less than one approved earlier this year, for $3.9 million dollars to look at extending commuter rail from Lowell, Massachusetts to Nashua and then on up to Manchester and Concord.

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NH News
4:58 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Aging In Place

Carlton Bradford
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

According to a recent AARP survey, more than 95 percent of New Hampshire seniors want to remain in their own homes as they age - but that’s not always practical or affordable.

To address these concerns, two non-profits in the state are developing a novel approach to home-based eldercare that’s becoming popular around the country.

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11:59 am
Mon April 15, 2013

New England College Hopes To Lure Students With A Three Year Degree

New England College campus in Henniker, N.H.
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

As college costs rise around the country, some small private colleges are finding a new way to attract students—by offering financial incentives.  Some are offering discounts. Others are freezing tuition.  But New England College in Henniker has come up with its own plan to attract a wider range of students.

Beginning this May, it’s offering a year-round academic calendar, allowing students to save money by graduating in three years instead of four.

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Arts & Culture
3:38 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Tasting China's Most Expensive Teas

Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

In China, early April is prime time for tea picking.

In New Hampshire, the Confucius Institute a partnership between the University of New Hampshire and Chengdu University in China — honored the season this week with a tea sampling at the UNH-Manchester campus.

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4:33 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

As N.H. Drops GED, Students Urged To Complete Program

Itziury Zamora is a student at the Nashua Adult Learning Center and is taking her GED.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

This week, New Hampshire became the third state in the country to announce it will no longer use GED Testing Services for its high school equivalency exams.

Beginning in 2014 , the state is moving to Educational Testing Service, also known as ETS.

And instructors are urging the more than 1,400 adult learners in the state to finish their GED exams before the end of the year.

Otherwise, they’ll have to face starting over with a new test that will be harder to pass.

GED has been the brand name for high school certifications for almost 70 years.

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6:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Nashua Students Try Composting For Battery Power

In this photo: Meghan Dezurick, Priyanka Satpute, Christopher Jones and Madeline Doctor in the greenhouse/lab at Nashua North. Not pictured: Theresa Inzerillo and Craig Hammond.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

A team of Nashua High School students is trying to create a bacteria-powered battery that runs off a composter. The team is one of 16 around the country that received up to 10-thousand-dollars in seed money from the Lemelson-MIT Program.

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NH News
10:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Horse Enthusiasts Warn Against Paving Near Lawrence Barn

Lawrence Barn in Hollis
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

The town of Hollis holds its town meeting Wednesday evening.

In the high school gym, residents will debate town hall renovations, property tax exemptions for seniors and funds for the Old Home Days event.

But what’s likely to drum up the most vigor at the meeting is a warrant article that some say is detrimental to horses.

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NH News
12:08 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Hudson Voters Weigh In On Senior Center

The town of Hudson wants to build a $1.8 million senior center on land it already owns at Benson Park.  On Tuesday, residents will cast their votes on whether to approve the funding.

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A Loaded Issue
9:51 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gun Shops And Mental Health Advocates Partner To Prevent Suicides

Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

Advocates of the rights to own guns and those who want to restrict the laws governing them are often on opposing sides of the conversation. But many find a common voice when it comes to reducing gun violence. In New Hampshire, gun shop owners are forging ties with mental health experts to prevent the most frequent kind of death by firearms: suicide.

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