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Jason Moon

Senior Reporter/Producer, Narrative News

Jason is a Senior Reporter/Producer on NHPR's Document team, a longform, narrative news reporting project. Before joining NHPR's newsroom in February of 2015, Jason interned at StoryCorps, Transom.org, the Dial-A-Stranger podcast, and WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama. He studied philosophy, political science, and audio documentaries at Bennington College in Vermont. He's also the host and reporter behind Bear Brook, an investigative podcast.

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A rare compromise between transparency advocates, police unions, and the state Attorney General may soon mean New Hampshire's secret list of police officers with credibility issues is no longer secret.

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The first season of Document, The List, was released on October 26th, and some surprising news followed soon after. Listeners heard that a lawsuit had been filed in an attempt to make New Hampshire’s secret list of cops with credibility issues available to the public. On Friday, Oct. 30, the state Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case. Usually, the court takes months to issue a decision. This time it only took them six weeks.

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In her more than 30 years as a reporter in New Hampshire, Nancy West has earned a reputation: Blunt. Curmudgeonly. Unyielding.

At press conferences, West is often the one to insist that public officials stay for one more question. She’ll pursue the kind of needling line of inquiry that raises the temperature in the room for everyone. Public officials and press officers often know her by name, and, by now, they’re not afraid to ask her to tone it down.

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This post was updated on Aug. 11 with new information from the New Hampshire Attorney General's office.

The New Hampshire Republican Party sent mailers out last week with incorrect info on where to send absentee voter registration forms after what it says was a "printing mistake."

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President Donald Trump’s rally scheduled for Saturday in New Hampshire will take place amid a debate about political events and public health. And it comes as much of the country sees a surge in the number of coronavirus cases. 

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Gov. Chris Sununu is responding to criticism from some Black, Latino, and immigrant business owners who say the state hasn't done enough to make coronavirus relief funds available in communities of color.

As NHPR's Jason Moon reports, Sununu expressed support for some of the recommendations those business owners provided.

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Some city councilors in Portsmouth are pushing for a mandatory mask wearing ordinance ahead of President Trump's scheduled rally at the Pease Airport this weekend.

Councilor Deaglan McEachern said a mask requirement was already scheduled to come up for debate next week before the council. But with President Trump’s rally happening on Saturday, he’s now asking Mayor Rick Becksted to call a special meeting so the council can vote on the idea as soon as possible.

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Gatherings were held across New Hampshire Friday to read aloud Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech in which he famously asks, "what to the slave is the 4th of July?"

In Manchester’s Veterans Park, about a dozen people took turns reading sections of the speech at a somber ceremony.

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Hospitals in New Hampshire say without more money from the state to offset huge losses from responding to the coronavirus they could be in serious financial trouble within the next few months.

Steve Ahnen with the New Hampshire Hospital Association told the Legislative Advisory Board of the Governor’s Office For Emergency Relief and Recovery on Wednesday that hospitals in the state have lost more than $530 million in revenue since March.

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has reached a $120,000 settlement with a former employee over allegations she was retaliated against for publicly criticizing the state's child protective services.

Calls to defund police departments are a growing part of American political discourse.

Demonstrators protesting decades of police violence against Black Americans in cities across the country have argued that some or all of the tax dollars that currently fund police departments should be instead rerouted to other social services.


Gyms, bowling alleys and museums are just a few of the many industries that reopened this week as Gov. Chris Sununu continues lifting restrictions on businesses in New Hampshire. But how widespread is COVID-19 still in New Hampshire?

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New Hampshire is joining with every other state in the country in an effort to expand an already massive lawsuit against more than two dozen generic drug manufacturers

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The coronavirus has infected residents in nearly a quarter of all nursing homes in New Hampshire since the beginning of the outbreak, according to newly released data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The new numbers, which only account for the state’s 74 nursing homes and not other types of long-term care facilities, also show many nursing homes are still struggling to acquire enough PPE.

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This post was updated at 5:33 p.m.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets of Manchester Saturday morning to protest the deaths of people of color at the hands of police departments across the country.

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A dry cough, shortness of breath, a fever: These are the most well-known symptoms of COVID-19.

But for some people who test positive, that’s just the beginning of what can be a life-changing ordeal.

NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on two families whose battle with the virus will stay with them long after the initial symptoms are gone.

The new state website where people can sign up for coronavirus tests got off to a rocky start today. Some visitors to the online portal Thursday morning found the form already filled in – with someone else’s personal info.

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In New Hampshire, nowhere has the coronavirus been more deadly than at long-term care facilitiesNewly released data shows a staggering three-quarters of all COVID-19 deaths in the state have happened at nursing homes or similar congregate living centers.

To most people, those deaths have been anonymous — just one of the many statistics listed off by state officials at each press conference. NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on the human story behind one of those numbers: a woman named Simonne Gagnon.

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Newly released data shows that the toll of the coronavirus on New Hampshire's nursing homes, assisted living facilities and similar institutions is even worse than previously known, representing more than three-quarters of the state's COVID-19 deaths to-date.

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A judge sided with plaintiffs Thursday in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the ACLU-NH against the state of New Hampshire.

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Gov. Chris Sununu has formed a task force to advise him on a potential phased reopening of the state’s economy. The task force includes state economic and tourism officials, chamber of commerce members, a chief of police, and leaders of industry groups representing retail merchants, restaurants and hospitals, as well as several lawmakers.

ConvenientMD has been operating a drive-through testing site at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth since early April.
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The number of new coronavirus tests being processed each day in New Hampshire has remained relatively flat for about a month, according to an analysis by NHPR. This comes even as state health officials say they want to see more testing here.

Dartmouth College-UNH Survey Center New Hampshire COVID-19 study

A new survey from UNH and Dartmouth College shows widespread economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in New Hampshire, but also widespread agreement that social distancing is more important than restarting the economy.

Results from the survey show one-third of working New Hampshire residents say they have either lost their job or had their hours cut as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A new program to provide extra pay for workers at long-term care facilities could cost the state of New Hampshire as much as $30 million a month.

Governor Chris Sununu gave lawmakers that estimate Wednesday during the first meeting of a new legislative advisory board on the state's COVID-19 response.

The stipends will come from the state's general fund at first, but Sununu says the state has also applied for a waiver to replenish that money with federal tax dollars.


Health care workers in New Hampshire are at the center of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Patients rely on them, hospitals scramble to buy gear to protect them, and citizens laud them as heroes in this national crisis.

But what is it like be a health care worker right now? NHPR’s Jason Moon reports the experience of working on the front lines during this pandemic can be complicated.

Oral arguments were heard today, via video conference, in a federal civil rights lawsuit. It alleges the state of New Hampshire is failing to provide due process to people who are involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment.

The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU-NH, targets a practice known as emergency room boarding that occurs when psychiatric patients deemed to be a danger to themselves or others are forced to wait in hospital emergency departments because of a waitlist for beds at the state psychiatric hospital and other state-designated facilities.


New Hampshire is one of the country’s oldest states - and many seniors here are doing whatever they can to avoid leaving the house. 

Public health experts warn that elderly people are among the most at-risk for developing serious illness or dying from the coronavirus.

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But as NHPR’s Jason Moon reports, that’s exacerbating a problem that’s already present for many seniors – a sense of isolation.

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Fabrizia Spirits in Salem relies on a key ingredient that you might not think would come in handy during a pandemic: lemons

“We buy and process about 700,000 lemons a year,” said owner Phil Mastroianni.

Normally those lemons go into limoncello, an Italian liqueur. But the coronavirus completely transformed Mastroianni’s business in the course of just one day last week.


Almost daily, state public health officials have updated the total number of coronavirus cases identified in New Hampshire. On Monday, that number surpassed 100 — a grim milestone.

Local media outlets, including New Hampshire Public Radio, have reported on this growing number as a sign of the virus’ spread in the state.

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