Sheryl Rich-Kern

Correspondent

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.
 

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Elections 2012
9:50 am
Thu October 4, 2012

St. Anselm Students Tune In To Presidential Debate

St. Anselm College students Lyndsay Robinson and Nolan Varee.
Sheryl Rich-Kern

About 50 students and faculty members gathered at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm’s Wednesday night to watch the debate.

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Education
5:55 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Nashua Considers Ads At School Stadium

Sheryl Rich-Kern

As school districts continue to face budget cuts, administrators look for creative ways to fill in the gaps.  And that means that some schools are warming up to a concept that public educators used to reject: advertising.

In Nashua, the district wants to place electronic billboards at its stadium.  While many welcome the funding, some say commercialism doesn’t belong at public schools.

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Elections 2012
5:53 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Many N.H. Voters Sit This Election Day Out

Sheryl Rich-Kern

Governor Lynch is leaving office after eight years and gubernatorial nominees from both parties are fighting for last-minute in today's primary.

But despite the zeal from the recent presidential conventions, not to mention the glut of political signage, many New Hampshire voters decided to sit this election day out.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

New Laws Give Home-Schoolers Fresh Start to School Year

Sheryl Rich-Kern NHPR

It’s back to school week.  And for about 2 to 3 percent of New Hampshire students, learning will begin or continue in the home.

Two laws that went into effect this summer give families who home-school a lot more independence than they’ve had in the past.

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NH News
3:25 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Bus Line To Boston Has Strong First Year

The Department of Transportation says the Boston Express is the most successful new bus line in the country.

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NH News
5:10 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Hundreds Turn Out For N.H. Gay Pride Festival

Sheryl Rich-Kern

This past Saturday at Manchester’s Veterans Memorial Park, more than 500 people showed up to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

It was the first New Hampshire gay pride festival in 15 years.

But the lead up to this year’s festival was overshadowed by a donation from Nashua's Chick-fil-A. 

“We’re fabulous, come march with us. We’re here, we’re queer, we’re fabulous."

On this hot and humid Saturday, New Hampshire’s LGBT community turned up the volume on its fight against discrimination. 

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NH News
3:58 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Fair is Big Business For NH Craftsmen

The annual League of New Hampshire Crafts Fair at Mt. Sunapee  is now in its 79th year.

The show opened this past Saturday, and is the oldest, longest-running crafts fair in the country.

About 200 exhibitors are showcasing their wares.  

And most of them spent close to a year leading up to what they call, not just a fair, but the Fair.

Artists are nailing down floors, draping curtains and hanging up lights to get their booths ready for the annual New Hampshire Crafts Fair.

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NH News
5:13 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

A Fast-Track To Law School

Sheryl Rich-Kern

With the high costs of tuition, many students with an associate’s degree can’t afford to go on for their bachelor’s.  So in 2011, when one non-profit college in Salem began offering students their third year of college free, some considered the deal a godsend.

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NH News
4:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

From Combat To The Workplace: Injured Vets Looking For Jobs

Retired veteran Phillip Paquette
Sheryl Rich-Kern NHPR

As the last of the soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan return to their native New Hampshire, about one third will retire from the military for medical reasons.  That means they’re likely to face one of their toughest battles yet as they search for meaningful employment.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Rivier College Seeks University Status

Rivier College
(photo: Sheryl Rich-Kern)

Rivier College in Nashua may be getting a makeover.

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Business
2:59 am
Tue May 1, 2012

N.H. To The Unemployed: Try An Unpaid Internship

Electropac in Manchester, N.H., is among the companies participating in the state's unpaid internship program.
Sheryl Rich-Kern for NPR

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 6:47 am

Electropac, a firm that makes printed circuit boards in New Hampshire, once had 500 paid employees. Today, it has 34. But thanks to a state program for the unemployed, it also now offers unpaid internships.

Across the country, unpaid internships are on the rise for older adults looking to change careers or rebound from layoffs. In New Hampshire, a state-run program encourages the unemployed to take six-week internships at companies with the hope of getting a permanent job.

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Business and Economy
5:17 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Thousands Show Up for Outlet Mall Job Fair

While the state’s unemployment rate is well below the national average, thousands of people are still searching for a job.

Friday, many of the state’s unemployed showed up for a job fair for a new $100 million shopping center in Merrimack. The retail outlet is expected to create more than 800 positions.

By 7 a.m. Friday morning, hundreds of people lined up outside Nashua Community College for the Merrimack Premium Outlet job fair.

When it opens in mid-June, the outlets will feature 100 clothing, home goods, and other stores. 

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NH News
5:55 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Controversy Surrounds Teacher Preparation

Most people agree that good teachers help students succeed.
But how do good teachers learn to be effective?

One D.C.-based, private nonprofit is asking just that. They want colleges to participate in a study that ranks teacher preparation programs.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Mont Vernon Votes to Rename "Jew Pond"

Sheryl Rich-Kern

Mont Vernon voters approved changing the controversial name of a pond at its town meeting Tuesday night.

Whether or not to rename Jew Pond, which many consider offensive, garnered national attention in this small town.

But voters still don’t know what the new name of the pond will be.

A packed crowd of about 250 residents filled the gymnasium in the Mont Vernon Village Schoolhouse.

The turnout was impressive for a town whose population is less than 2400.

The town meeting began as it does every year with the pledge and a prayer.

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Health
5:29 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Proposed Bill Would Eliminate Insurance Mandate for Midwifery Service

Birth Cottage in Milford
Sheryl Rich-Kern

Out-of-hospital births in New Hampshire are on the rise, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.

That increase is in large part, because of a 2008 law that requires health insurers to pay for midwives who work in homes or at birthing centers.

But a new bill before lawmakers proposes repealing that mandate.

And midwives are worried what that means for their livelihoods.

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