Patricia McLaughlin | New Hampshire Public Radio

Patricia McLaughlin

Director of Communications and Marketing

Tricia directs external communications, marketing and engagement efforts for New Hampshire Public Radio, working to raise further awareness of the high-quality journalism at NHPR and the organization’s deep community outreach.

Her communications and editorial experience spans agencies, nonprofits, government, and cause-related organizations, promoting everything from US-Australia relations, to music and gaming partnerships, to important public health interventions.

Earlier in her career, Tricia worked in newsrooms as a reporter, producer, anchor and news writer, with stints at The Associated Press wire in Washington, D.C., and local radio and television in Upstate New York, Pennsylvania and suburban Washington.

She is a firm believer in the power of communications to advance causes and be a force for good. A New Hampshire native, she earned degrees from Syracuse University and American University. She enjoys travel and music of all kinds, and admits to an unhealthy obsession with English football. 

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With new episode, Supervision Podcast Sheds Further Light On One Man’s Post-Prison Journey

Inspiring New Writers on a New England Stage Springtime Conversations.

          NHPR’s ClassicalNH Expands Over the Air Access

More listeners throughout the Concord area and central New Hampshire can now access NHPR’s classical music service, a calming soundtrack option for home, work or play.

ClassicalNH is NHPR’s classical music service. Service highlights includes programming from the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra Summer Series, and Carnegie Hall Live. Up to this point, ClassicalNH has predominantly been transmitted in the Concord area at WCNH 91.5, and WEVO 89.1

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Here in New Hampshire, a year of living under a pandemic forced businesses to shutter or workplaces to operate remotely, brought in school closures and hybrid education models as a way to continue student learning, and saw stories of frontline workers rising to unbelievable challenges. We’ve seen community gatherings canceled or reimagined, and the hugely personal cost of family members, friends, or people in our communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Governor Christopher Sununu is scheduled to deliver his Budget address on Thursday, February 11 at noon. During the address, the governor will outline his priorities for the legislative session; the governor is expected to reflect on how the ongoing pandemic is affecting New Hampshire’s economy and the state’s fiscal situation, and its impact on budget priorities.

NHPR will have live coverage of the address, featuring All Things Considered host Peter Biello and NHPR’s senior political reporter Josh Rogers.

Beginning Tuesday, February 9, New Hampshire Public Radio will carry special coverage of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The U.S. Senate hearings will be available on-air and streaming through As events unfold, NHPR will offer comprehensive coverage of the entire proceedings.


Nearly a year into New Hampshire’s COVID-19 emergency, stress is a constant presence in the lives of our residents, on our social systems, and in our communities. NHPR’s weekday talk show The Exchange will air a three-part series in February and March to convene important conversations about mental health, featuring experts, conversations with community members, and resources to help.

What can a graveyard tell you about civics, race, history, and memory? A new video series from New Hampshire Public Radio’s Civics 101 podcast and The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) explores New Hampshire’s Black history through the stories of local graveyards.

As the Biden-Harris administration tackles its first 100 days in office, join NHPR for a series of live national conversations focused on issues top of mind with Americans from across the country.

Beginning, Thursday, January 21, NHPR will broadcast “America Are We Ready? For the First 100 Days of the Next Presidency” specials from our partners at WNYC. Host Brian Lehrer will be joined by a series of guests, and listeners can call in with their questions and comments. Throughout the series, topics to be explored will include:

In the lead-up to Inauguration Day on January 20, turn to New Hampshire Public Radio for in-depth and insightful reporting, spanning NHPR’s on-air, digital and podcast properties.

Inauguration coverage on NHPR caps more than two years of reporting on the 2020 Presidential race, from the earliest days of potential national candidates exploring New Hampshire and considering runs for president, through a busy primary season and our state’s first-in-the-nation primary, to Election Day last November.

As case numbers of COVID-19 continue to rise in New Hampshire  and the nation, join NHPR for an in-depth look at the latest on coronavirus vaccines.

The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio kick off 2021 with a series of virtual Writers on a New England Stage events. Three separate literary conversations with esteemed authors will focus on a personal reckoning with race in New Hampshire; economic misunderstandings and how that impacts our society; and thoughtful questions around end-of-life care and what that means for living and dying. The latest round of author talks include New Hampshire-raised cultural critic Rebecca Carroll, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, and renowned NPR host Diane Rehm.


Join NHPR for Special Programs from WABE (Atlanta) and WNYC (New York City)

This January, NHPR will continue to highlight special conversations and programs from our public media partners WABE and WNYC, exploring key questions facing our nation in the wake of the November elections and in the lead-up to Inauguration Day on January 20.

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In these final weeks of a year like no other, tune to NHPR for a robust schedule of holiday programming, songs and stories that reflect the spirit of the season.

From Hanukkah to Christmas to Kwanzaa, programs celebrating different holiday traditions and cultures will be sprinkled throughout our programming schedule, marking the festive period.

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COVID and the Classroom Reporting Initiative Looks at Challenges, Creative Solutions to Education in a Time of Pandemic

An ongoing reporting project from New Hampshire Public Radio takes a deeper look at how Granite Staters are balancing the need to educate our children with issues of safety and accessibility that are the realities of life under a pandemic.

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Whether you hold a virtual family gathering this year, or are fortunate to have your loved ones safely nearby for Thanksgiving festivities, NHPR can provide the perfect Thanksgiving holiday soundtrack.

Favorite holiday memories, family stories and traditions, impressive yet simple last-minute recipe ideas, and a mix of folk and contemporary music that reflects current social issues will be highlighted in a series of special programs airing on Thanksgiving Day. Tune in to NHPR on Thursday, November 26 for our festive specials and programs:

Beginning immediately after Election Day and through the end of January 2021, NHPR’s award-winning podcast Civics 101 will answer questions from listeners, teachers, students, and readers on a near-daily basis. For the next 100 days, the team behind the podcast will provide timely information for educators, students, and anyone interested in the foundations of U.S.


Beginning this October, NHPR listeners and readers can expect to find more enterprise and investigative journalism spanning NHPR’s on-air, digital and podcast properties. Document is a new newsroom reporting project that will allow NHPR reporters to dig deeper into key stories and issues to produce long-form, narrative-driven content that shines a light on topics that serve the public interest.

COVID-19 Pandemic Brings An Election Year Like No Other

In the lead-up to Election Day on November 3 and in the days that follow, Granite State voters can turn to New Hampshire Public Radio for in-depth and insightful reporting,  spanning NHPR’s on-air, digital and podcast properties.  

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New Hampshire Public Radio and Stay Work Play honored talented local professionals and organizations at this year’s Rising Stars Awards, held virtually via a live broadcast from the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester on October 15. The Rising Stars Awards honor outstanding young professionals that help make New Hampshire a better place to stay, work and play. Innovative New Hampshire companies that support that mission were also honored.

New Hampshire Public Radio recently earned awards in prestigious journalism competitions, both on the national stage and here in New Hampshire.  Accolades include a National Edward R. Murrow Award, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), and six awards from the Granite Mikes, presented by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters (NHAB).



This October, NHPR’s weekday talk show The Exchange marks 25 years of distinctive New Hampshire conversations, discussing the issues of our times and the topics on listeners’ minds.  

In the lead-up to Election Day on November 3, NHPR continues to bring listeners special programming related to the upcoming presidential election. America Amplified: Election 2020 is a six-part national talk show that will dive into the challenges facing America before and after the upcoming election. America Amplified: Election 2020 explores local community perspectives, with a mission to foster positive dialogue, share experiences and elevate diverse voices.

Join NHPR this Friday evening from 8:30 to 9 p.m.  for a special repeat broadcast of an interview with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

BBC journalist Razia Iqbal interviewed the justice in New York last fall, where Ginsburg received the $1 million Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture. According to a statement at the time, the award honors “thinkers whose ideas have profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement in a rapidly changing world.”


First Debate Takes Place October 7  

In the lead-up to Election Day on November 3, New Hampshire Public Radio will hold a series of live debates on-air and online with the candidates for major public offices in New Hampshire. Debates will take place between candidates for the U.S. Senate, the House seats in the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts, and Governor. The debates are being held in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, which will later broadcast them on NHPBS and NHPBS Explore.

You spoke, and we listened. Beginning Monday, September 28, As It Happens will move back to its usual time slot airing from 10 to 11 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays on NHPR. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and our partners at PRX, As It Happens brings the stories behind the stories each day, featuring in-depth conversations with newsmakers and up close and personal accounts.

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NHPR and its longtime partner Stay Work Play celebrate 11 years of the Rising Stars Awards this October.

Each year, the Rising Stars Awards recognize talented young people from throughout New Hampshire who are making a difference by choosing to stay, work and play in the Granite State. Companies and programs that create impact through recruiting and retaining young people are also honored.

After 15 years of memorable events from the Historic Theater in Portsmouth, Writers on a New England Stage will host its first ‘virtual’ event later this month as a way to continue the beloved series and connect with literary fans.


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact both the wider economy and the kitchen-table economic issues of American families. NHPR is expanding its programming to provide more insights and news on business-related topics, as individuals, businesses and communities across the country continue to grapple with economic issues. 

Educators can continue to look to Civics 101 as a valuable educational aid for both remote teaching and in-classroom learning. Beginning August 31, NHPR is launching an “Ask Civics 101” segment each Monday during All Things Considered on NHPR (weekdays 4 – 6:30 p.m.).