Ryan Lessard


Before becoming a reporter for NHPR, Ryan devoted many months interning with The Exchange team, helping to produce their daily talk show.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Manchester with a major in Politics and Society and a minor in Communication Arts. While in school, he also interned for a DC-based think tank. His interests include science fiction and international relations. Ryan is a life-long Manchester resident.

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Last week, the Hooksett School Board voted to sign a ten-year contract with Pinkerton Academy that would eventually send most of its high school students to the Derry school. This new agreement may reignite a legal conflict between Hooksett and Manchester.

ISO New England, the region’s energy grid operator, has suspended the independent supplier People’s Power and Gas. 5,700 Granite State customers who turned to PPG for lower rates will be automatically switched to prices set by Public Service of New Hampshire.

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The website Craftsy said Manchester is the number one city out of 700 surveyed when it comes to homemade gift giving. The holiday season is no exception.

The Hooksett School Board and Pinkerton Academy’s board of trustees may vote tonight on a ten-year deal that would send most of its students to Pinkerton.

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More than a dozen protesters lined up in front of a Manchester McDonald’s to take part in a national effort to raise the federal minimum wage.

This year, the Mall of New Hampshire will open its doors to Black Friday shoppers at 8 o'clock Thanksgiving evening. It's the earliest the mall has ever opened after the holiday.

Numbers were provided by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning. Forecast projections were calculated by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.

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Susan Ferre and her husband Charley Lang sold their home in Texas and moved to Berlin, New Hampshire in 2008.


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New Hampshire’s two Democratic congresswomen are defending their vote on a Republican-backed bill that critics say undercuts a core provision of the Affordable Care Act.

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The number of meth labs found in the New Hampshire is growing faster than in neighboring states. Last year authorities have found more than a dozen meth labs, or lab material dump sites. But law enforcement and health policymakers are looking at what lessons New Hampshire can learn from other states that have already battled meth.

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Republican incumbent Ted Gatsas has won his third term as Mayor of Manchester. But the race against Democratic Alderman Patrick Arnold was a close one.

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Voters in New Hampshire are turning out for elections in cities across the state.

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Over the summer we reported a spike of burglaries in the Queen City. Now, crime statistics show robberies are also on the rise in Manchester.

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Governor Maggie Hassan and others broke ground Thursday morning at the Hooksett rest area on Interstate 93, kicking off construction for a major upgrade of the liquor outlets. The Turnpike System expects to make up to $40 million over the course of the 35 year contract. And the state’s cut of liquor revenue is also expected to increase.

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Every year, ham radio enthusiasts descend on the Deerfield Fairgrounds for the largest ham radio festival in the region. It’s called the New England Amateur Radio Festival, or NEAR-Fest.

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A Concord tattoo artist has been charged with criminal mischief Tuesday for the racist graffiti found on four Concord homes. Court documents reveal a detailed account of a Concord detective’s investigation into Raymond Stevens. Handwriting on a 2009 gun license application was the first piece of evidence.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court won’t review the state’s multimillion dollar liquor warehousing contract. Law Warehouses Inc. asked the Supreme Court to void the state’s recent agreement with Ohio-based Excel Inc.  

Law Warehouses held the contract for the past 40years. Its owner, Brian Law, argues that the liquor commission violated competitive bidding standards to wedge out Law in favor of Excel. Law also says about eighty employees, the bulk of his workforce, will be out of the job when the new 20-year contract begins on November 1st.


The New Hampshire Republican party is complaining about an incident of vandalism that occurred on their Concord headquarters. “WWJD Healthcare for Everyone” was written in green spray paint on the side of the building.

Matt Slater is the party’s executive director.

“Healthy debate of the issues is what makes our country great, but when folks cross this line, that’s just a line that unfortunately puts a nasty light on the whole political process.”

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office is investigating the homicide of 26-year-old Dustin Curtiss, who was shot during what appears to have been a family dispute in his Hinsdale home.

Police responded to a 911 call to the residence at 10:15 Sunday night. Responders found Curtiss with three gunshot wounds and transported him to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Vermont and then to UMass Medical Center in Worcester Massachusetts where he was pronounced dead.

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Warner is in the midst of its 66th Fall Foliage Festival.

We've heard a lot about the new health insurance exchanges (A.K.A. marketplaces) since they launched this month. What follows is a blog of my attempts to navigate New Hampshire's marketplace. So far, it's been an error-ridden process with recurring visits to a virtual waiting room.

Day 1: October 1st

11:15 a.m.

Creating an account. 

Using Google Chrome browser, I go to Healthcare.gov. I click log in at the top right corner of the first screen.

In a press release from the N.H. Attorney General's office, new details surrounding the fatal police shooting of a Canterbury woman have been released. It describes the car chase that led to the shooting but not the specific circumstances that caused the state trooper to fire his weapon.

Here is an excerpt from the release:

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More than one hundred New Hampshire horse lovers turned out at a public hearing Tuesday to speak out against proposed rule changes for state parks. Horse-back riders fear the proposed changes would limit the availability of trails.

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As the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period opens, some affiliated healthcare providers are reaching out to uninsured Granite Staters.

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Former Vermont Governor, Howard Dean, visited New Hampshire last night. Speaking at Saint Anselm’s Institute of Politics, Dean spoke about some of the unintended but beneficial side effects of the Affordable Care Act.

Over the last few months, NHPR’s Newsroom has been examining the crime landscape in the city of Manchester. The series Queen City Crime comes to a close this week and All Things Considered host Brady Carlson interviews the lead reporter for the series, NHPR’s Ryan Lessard, to hear what he learned.

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If you’re looking for an uncommon food experience, very few are as rare as Steam Cream, a small batch of ice cream produced in New Hampshire only once a year.  

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The latest in our series, Queen City Crime, is a story about Manchester’s struggle to prevent violent crime through urban planning and social services. Rising poverty in the city has made an uphill battle for police and nonprofits working together to stem crime at the source.

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For the past forty-one years, dozens of steam engine hobbyists spend a week meeting up in Moultonborough on a northern bay of Lake Winnipesauke. It’s called the Lee’s Mills Steamboat Meet where small boats with tall smokestacks and boilers come and go. The event attracts a people from around the country and even the world. 

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The Concord City Council voted eleven to four in favor of accepting a federal grant for an armored police vehicle called a Bearcat. Many protesters turned out for the vote.