About NHPR's State of Democracy

May 1, 2015

NHPR's State of Democracy is a multi-platform enterprise journalism unit that focuses on the impact of politics and public policy on the lives of the people of New Hampshire and beyond. 

State of Democracy has three goals: 

1. To report on the forces that shape, inform and influence politics and public policy choices in New Hampshire.  

2. To explore the impacts that political decisions have on the day-to-day lives of a broad range of Americans. 

3. To follow New Hampshire’s federal, state, and local politicians to raise awareness, increase accountability and elevate civic discourse and participation.


Meet the Team:


Dan Barrick

Dan Barrick, Senior Editor for Politics & Public Policy

Dan directs NHPR's State of Democracy initiative, which explores how politics and public policy decisions affect the lives of Granite Staters. Before joining NHPR, Dan was deputy director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, an independent, non-partisan think tank.

He also worked for nearly a decade at the Concord Monitor in various roles, including State House reporter, business reporter, deputy city editor, and news editor. The New Hampshire Press Association named him Writer of the Year in 2010. Dan holds a degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He lives with his wife and two children in Concord.

Natasha Haverty

Natasha Haverty, State of Democracy Politics and Policy Reporter

Natasha is an award-winning public media journalist whose work has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and on PRX.

Before coming to NHPR she worked at North Country Public Radio. She co-produced The Prison Time Media Project, a national series exploring the legacy of mass incarceration on the anniversary of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Her investigative reporting has won recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists, PRNDI, Murrow, and the AP.

You can read and listen to Natasha's stories here. 

Casey McDermott

Casey McDermott, Digital Reporter/Producer

Casey is an online reporter covering politics, policy and New Hampshire news. She also works on digital reporting projects for NHPR's newsroom.

Prior to joining NHPR, Casey worked at The Concord Monitor and held internships at ProPublica, the Student Press Law Center and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She studied journalism and sociology at Penn State but spent most of her days (and nights) in the newsroom of the independent student newspaper, The Daily Collegian. The Collegian was recognized nationally for its work during Casey's time as its managing editor and editor-in-chief.

You can read Casey's work right here.

Digital Journalist Brian Wallstin

Brian Wallstin, Digital Journalist

Brian has more than 20 years of experience in journalism.  He has done in-depth investigative reporting for a variety of publications, including The Houston Press where he was a staff writer for more than eight years.  

As Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, he taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Journalism.  He has held several editorial positions, including four and a half years as City Editor for  the Columbia Missourian, and has been a contributor to NHPR.org, notably during the 2012 elections. Brian has a Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  

Brian reports on-line at NHPR.org. You can read his reporting and blogs by clicking here. 

Rebecca Lavoie, Digital Director

Rebecca oversees NHPR's website, digital content, social media, digital-only projects and mobile applications. She works with reporters, program staff, and NHPR's State of Democracy unit to create quality journalism on the web. 

In 2010 Rebecca made the transition to radio from her career as a freelance writer and public relations consultant. The co-author of four nonfiction true crime books, she has written countless articles for local and national print and online publications including the Concord Monitor, New Hampshire Magazine, Around Concord, Newsweek, Playboy Magazine, and Playboy.com. 

Sara Plourde, Digital Producer/Designer

Sara has been a part of the NHPR Digital team since 2011, when she began volunteering in New Media, later joining the station as Associate Producer in Digital Media, and finally transitioning into the role of Digital Producer & Designer.

Sara's work in the State of Democracy unit revolves around designing and reporting infographics, creating digital interfaces, and working on in-depth data visualizations. Prior to joining NHPR, Sara worked as a books reviewer for Broken Pencil Magazine (Toronto, ON), theater designer, and high school teacher. Outside of work, she enjoys gaming, reading, and bookbinding.