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NHPR: Overall Excellence Entry, 2021 Edward R. Murrow Awards

Dan Tuohy | NHPR

2020 in New Hampshire, as in the rest of the country, was dominated by a handful of huge news stories: A global pandemic. A divisive election. Protests over racial injustice. Economic uncertainty.

At NHPR, we worked to cover those stories with the urgency they demanded, but also found opportunities to report human-centered features and bring a strong accountability angle where necessary.

In between those massive stories, we spent much of the past year working to innovate and transform our newsroom, to help us better serve the public in 2020 and well beyond.

We launched several big initiatives last year, including By Degrees, a climate-change reporting project. We created a new narrative unit within the newsroom, called Document, devoted to long-form, investigative reporting. We created a near-daily Spanish language newscast, available on the web and via WhatsApp, to provide news to an often under-served part of our community. We created a home for our pandemic education coverage, called ‘COVID & The Classroom,’ and built audience engagement around it. And we launched a new engagement team, dedicated to reaching out to our audience - and building new audiences - to better inform our journalism and meet the public’s needs. 

Listen to the audio entry:

Audio entry rundown:

  1. Credit Todd Bookman | NHPR
    A homeless encampment in Manchester, N.H. become the subject of political finger pointing this summer.
    How One Campaign Is Organizing An Often-Overlooked N.H. Voting Bloc: Immigrants and Refugees
  2. In 4th Grade, Trying to Teach the N.H. Primary Without the Politics
  3. With Three Women On The Democratic Ballot, Many N.H. Voters Have Gender On Their Minds
  4. Stranglehold EP 17: Via Live Stream
  5. Jokes! Quips! Comebacks! (And More!) Listen To Some Lighter Moments From The N.H. Primary Trail
  6. At 4,000-Plus Feet, An Effort To Save The Butterflies Of The Presidential Range
  7. Oscar Villacís Crea First Gen American, Un Programa Radial Sobre La Experiencia Inmigrante
  8. 'Stupid or Brave?' N.H. Health Care Workers Face Moral Dilemmas During Pandemic
  9. Locals Bristle As Out-of-Towners Fleeing Virus Hunker Down In New Hampshire Homes
  10. Credit Sean Hurley | NHPR
    Heidi Holman is a lepidopterist who led a successful 16 year-long project to conserve New Hampshire's state butterfly. Now, she's trying to preserve a species that only lives above 4,000 feet in New Hampshire's Presidential Range.

    The Exchange: Live From Home series

  11. Proposed Mask Mandate Spurs Debate On Plymouth's Town Common
  12. 'The Queen of Hanover Hill': The Human Toll of N.H.’s Nursing Home Outbreaks
  13. Clients, Staff Say Major N.H. Addiction Treatment Center Mishandled COVID Outbreak
  14. Amid Finger Pointing From Politicians, State to Remove Manchester Homeless Camp
  15. Lebanon Organizers Seek 50% Cut To City's Police Budget, Reallocation To Social Services
  16. N.H. Towns Pay Millions to Settle Claims Against Police; Details Often Hidden From Public
  17. The List: Inside New Hampshire's Secret List of Troubled Cops
  18. Civics 101: The Declaration Revisited - Black Americans
  19. Outside In: How To Be A Backyard Birder
  20. NHPR Newscast: 4:00pm, Nov. 3, 2020

Multimedia: Digital Journalism, Engagement, Social Media, Podcasts

Special projects and series:

  • By Degrees: A climate change reporting project focused on stories of resilience and struggle, innovation and compromise, and of big change happening before our eyes
  • Lifelines: A series on trauma in the time of COVID-19
  • COVID & The Classroom: An ongoing reporting project about how Granite Staters are balancing the demands and necessity of remote schooling with the realities of life in the pandemic
  • ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? A new Spanish language news service (available online and via WhatsApp)
  • New Hampshire Calling: A live, nightly, pop-up radio show offering a forum for listeners to share how they were doing in the early days of the pandemic
  • 2020: A year in New Hampshire news
Credit Sarah Gibson for NHPR
Black Lives Matter activists at a New Hampshire protest in September.

Digital-first stories and digital features:

COVID-19 digital resources and digital-first stories:

Live digital coverage:


FAQs and engagement (all first published in 2020, several updated regularly to present day)

Credit Dan Tuohy | NHPR
On the way to the NHPR studios for a January candidate forum, Sen. Cory Booker was asked to give his elevator pitch, while actually in the elevator, on why Granite Staters should vote for him in the New Hampshire presidential primary.


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