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Pete Nakos

Community Engagement Producer

Pete is NHPR's community engagement producer, focusing on assisting the newsroom and programs with engagement and outreach efforts.

Prior to joining NHPR, Pete worked at the Valley News as a sports reporter. He is a recent graduate of Ohio University where he studied journalism and communications.

 

Todd Bookman

As the school year begins, New Hampshire Public Radio is asking students, teachers and parents to share their stories of what education looks like during coronavirus. 

Click here to tell us your story about the classroom and COVID-19

This is part of our initiative COVID & The Classroom, covering what it's like to return to school in unprecedented times.

This week, we asked people: “How is ‘back to school’ different for you this year?” 

Here’s what we heard:

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New Hampshire has worked to adapt to living with the coronavirus. The state came to a halt in the spring and has retooled itself throughout the summer. 

At NHPR, we're contining to report on the pandemic and all the ways it intersects with our lives.

We always welcome your questions about COVID-19

And we always want to hear from our audience and new communities to better our reporting. It is central to our work - it shapes what we report on and how we cover topics. 

Please take a few minutes to tell us what you're facing at home, work and school. Most importantly, just let us know how you are doing. 

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As students from across the country return to college in New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio wants to hear how the return to campus is going.

Take a few minutes to tell us how it’s been. If you’re a student, do you feel comfortable back on campus? Is your college cracking down on gatherings?

Or are you a professor or staff member at a college? Are you worried about your safety, or even your job security?

If you can't see the embedded survey below, click here for a better experience.

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It’s been about six months since the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly changed our lives. 

From the beginning, we’ve been asking you to share your experiences with us, to help in our understanding and reporting. 

As families prepare for a new school year and more of us get back to work, it may seem like things are returning to normal. But we’re still hearing plenty of uncertainty from you.

Click here to tell us about what your experience has been like through the pandemic

Here is some of what we’ve been hearing in our survey since Aug. 1:

All 10 N.H. counties are on Vermont's restricted COVID-19 travel list: Belknap, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, and Strafford.
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As NHPR tracks the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, we’ve been asking you to tell us how your life is changing because of coronavirus - and we’ve welcomed your questions

Our most frequent questions have continued to be about traveling in and out of the Granite State, especially during the summer months. 

The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association announced Thursday that high school fall sports can begin practicing on Sept. 8.

Competitions will be allowed to begin later.

Mark Washburn

The Dartmouth College athletic department announced Wednesday it will eliminate five varsity sports.

The decision comes less than 24 hours after the Ivy League decided to cancel its fall sports season. 

The five programs eliminated include men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's golf, and men's lightweight rowing. The decision affects roughly 110 student athletes. 

All team activities will be suspended immediately and 15 staff jobs, including eight coaching positions, will also be cut. 

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On our final show, we're going to look ahead at what's next for New Hampshire in this tumultuous moment. We'll speak with guests who have a bird's eye view of the next conversations about racism in the state -  and what could be a looming housing crisis as this recession deepens.

This program airs on Wednesday, July 1, at 7 p.m.  

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Hey! My name is Pete Nakos, and I'm New Hampshire Calling's community engagement producer. We want to hear from our listeners about their experience with the show. What were your favorite moments, what shows worked and didn't work, and what do you want to hear in the future?

Please take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire below to help us better the show. And if you know anyone else who has listened to the show, please send this along. 

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In the penultimate broadcast of New Hampshire Calling, we've got one more question for you: tell us one thing you learned over the last three crazy months - one thing that you never knew before.  

This program airs on Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. 

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What happens when a restaurant doesn’t follow social distancing guidelines? Or when restaurant employees who interact with customers don’t wear their required face masks?

Violations of coronavirus guidelines usually end up in the hands of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office by way of the phone number and email established for concerns regarding executive orders and guidelines.

Sara Plourde | NHPR

There's been a lot going for the last few months...and we want to know how you're feeling. Are you optimistic about the future? Pessimistic? Or something else all together?

This program aired on Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m.

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Things are reopening in New Hampshire...but it doesn't really feel normal again. What does your "new normal" look like? We want to hear from you.

This program aired on Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m.

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What does it mean to be an ally in a time of protest...and all the time? Let us know what you think.

This program aired on Wednesday, June 10, at 7 p.m.

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Are you a person of color who relocated to New Hampshire? We want to hear about your experiences.

This program aired on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 p.m.

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We're pivoting our focus to the protests against - and conversations about - racism in the wake of the killing of George Floyd

On this show, we hear from local activists who are working to elevate the cause in our mostly-white state.

This program aired on Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m.

On March 15, Gov. Chris Sununu announced K-12 school closures across New Hampshire and a transition to remote learning. Just over a month later, he extended his order through the end of the school year.

  

The decision changed the way the education system operates.

Sara Marzinik

On March 15, Gov. Chris Sununu announced K-12 school closures across New Hampshire and a transition to remote learning. Just over a month later, he extended his order through the end of the school year.

The decision, while necessary, changed the way the education system operates. 

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It's graduation time, and for the Class of 2020, it's an experience like no class has had before. 

What are your words of wisdom for these young people? Are you graduating and want to share your story? We want to talk to you.

This program aired on Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m.

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Are you part of a vulnerable community and experiencing this pandemic differently? We want to talk to you.

This program aired on Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

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What has this pandemic taught you so far? What lessons will you bring with you once this over? 

This program aired on Tuesday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

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Are you a sports fan with no games or matches or scrums to watch right now? We want to hear from you.

This program aired on Wednesday, May 6th at 7 p.m.

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Where are you finding joy in these weird times we're living in? We want to hear from you.

This program will aired on Tuesday, May 5th at 7 p.m.

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Are you hoping with grief or loss? Are you worried about how you'll cope? We want to hear from you.

This program aired on Monday, May 4th at 7 p.m.

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