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NHPR Elections Coverage, 3 Public Forums Announced

Sara Plourde

[NOTE: Both the 1st and 2nd Congressional District Forums are SOLD OUT to the public; we have limited seating at NHPR. Tickets remain for the Gubernatorial Forum at Manchester Community College. All three events remain OPEN for media who want to attend.]  

New Hampshire Public Radio will explore in-depth the candidates and issues that impact voters this fall through continuing coverage of the two congressional races, the governor’s race, and key local contests in New Hampshire. Coverage will involve public forums, thoughtful analysis and new programming. 

Beginning with primary coverage in September through Election Day on Tuesday, November 6, NHPR’s newsroom is focusing on deeper-dive perspective, interviews and coverage from the field. NHPR’s reporting will also take a broader look at the forces that shape our politics: campaign finance, the impact of money in politics, and the questions around voter access and residency requirements, among other topics.   

“With our political coverage, we really want to take the time and care to look at how key topics -- like the economy, education, the housing shortage, the opioid crisis and other concerns – are playing out in the political arena and how the candidates are addressing voters’ concerns,” said Dan Barrick, News Director at NHPR.

“We also make it a real point to regularly ask voters their thoughts about important issues and how they see those issues playing out in their lives,” said Barrick. “So we encourage listeners to submit questions, post queries to our social media sites, or attend one of our forums.”

Voters will get to see candidates up close in three forums, all open to the public. The 1st Congressional District and 2nd Congressional District forums will be held at NHPR’s Concord studios; the Governor’s race forum will be held at Manchester Community College.

For all three events, attendees will be able to submit questions prior to the forums via social media: Twitter @NHPRExchange or Facebook @nhprexchange.  Members of the public can also e-mail their questions/comments to:

Beyond the three forums, NHPR will feature two-way interviews with candidates and newsmakers leading up to Election Day, in both Morning Edition with Rick Ganley and All Things Considered with Peter Biello. Friday’s edition of The Weekly NH News Roundup will have a larger focus on election politics as Election Day nears. On election night, coverage will feature reporters in-studio at NHPR offering analysis. Throughout the state, reporters will also be posted at headquarters of the major candidates.


GENERAL PUBLIC: All three Candidates Forums are free, but registration is required. Please register online at:

NOTE: Look for the specific event name before registering.

MEDIA: All three events are open to the media. For the two Congressional forums, a media room will be availabe onsite at NHPR with a livestream of the broadcast. If you’re a member of the media planning to attend any of the three events, please register at:


CANDIDATE FORUM: 1st Congressional District 

FEATURING: Republican Eddie Edwards and Democrat Chris Pappas

MODERATORS: Laura Knoy and Lauren Chooljian

DATE: Wednesday, October 10, 2018


New Hampshire Public Radio

2 Pillsbury Street, 6th Floor

Concord, NH  03301


8 a.m. - Doors open.

8:45 a.m. – Audience is seated (Studio D)

9 to 10 a.m. – The Exchange program live from Studio D.

[NOTE: The program will be rebroadcast on NHPR, on Wednesday, October 10 from 7 to 8 p.m.]

CANDIDATE FORUM: 2nd Congressional District 

FEATURING: Democrat Annie Kuster and Republican Steve Negron

MODERATORS: Laura Knoy and Casey McDermott

DATE: Tuesday, October 16


New Hampshire Public Radio

2 Pillsbury Street, 6th Floor

Concord, NH  03301


8 a.m. - Doors open.

8:45 a.m. – Audience is seated (Studio D)

9 to 10 a.m. – The Exchange program live from Studio D.

[NOTE: The program will be rebroadcast on NHPR, on Tuesday, October 16 from 7 to 8 p.m.]

CANDIDATE FORUM: Governor’s Race

FEATURING: Chris Sununu (incumbent) and Molly Kelly (Democratic challenger)

MODERATORS: Laura Knoy and Josh Rogers

DATE: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

LOCATION:  Multi-Purpose Room in the Student Center

Manchester Community College

1066 Front Street

Manchester, NH   03102


6 p.m. - Doors open.

6:45 p.m. – Audience is seated

7 to 8 p.m. – The Exchange program live. 

[NOTE: This forum will be streamed on Facebook Live. The program will also be rebroadcast on NHPR, on Thursday, October 25 from 9 to 10 a.m.]

Parking at Manchester Community College: Follow signs for parking. The Student Center is in the Main Building on campus. Parking spots directly outside the building may not be available, but there will be signage for Additional Parking.




Civics 101 is NHPR’s podcast refresher course on the basics of how U.S. democracy works. The program will be taking a closer look at how midterm elections fit into the broader political system, via a five-part series available for download starting Tuesday, October 2. The series will feature politicians, professors, Congressional staffers, and civics teachers from across the country explaining various aspects of midterm elections – from campaigning to voting to the power of members of Congress. Each episode will also take a deep dive into a famous midterm from American history.



The Politics Show from NPR is a weekly radio show running now through Election Day.

NPR Politics hosts Scott Detrow, Tamara Keith and Asma Khalid hold weekly conversations on election-related news, including talks with voters and officials across the country. The program is airing Sundays at 11 a.m. on NHPR. [NOTE: During the run of the nine-part program, Studio 360 will not air in its usual 11 a.m. time but will return after the series concludes.]


About NHPR

Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is “Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities.” NHPR is broadcast from 14 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week, NHPR is the choice of more than 175,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage, with thousands more viewing and NHPR social media sites. Each day, New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning news team. Locally-produced programs include The Exchange, Word of Mouth, The Folk Show, Outside/In, Civics 101, and numerous podcasts. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcasts national weekly programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and This American Life.

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