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Rick Ganley

Host, Morning Edition

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For many radio listeners throughout New Hampshire, Rick Ganley is the first voice they hear each weekday morning, bringing them up to speed on news developments overnight and starting their day off with the latest information. 

As host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Ganley brings a mix of the most topical local, national and international news; in-depth conversations; ideas and commentary to listeners. His reporting for NHPR spans topics including the opioid epidemic and interviews with national and local candidates for public office.

Before coming to NHPR in January 2009, Rick spent 20 years in commercial music radio, hosting and producing radio commercials at stations in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hew Hampshire. He’s also penned dozens of pieces on music, pop culture, humor and backyard building projects for The Hippo and New Hampshire Magazine.

Rick has occasionally worked with community groups and businesses throughout New England and across the country, voicing ads for radio and television.

Because he begins his day at 3 a.m., he is a firm believer in daily naps.


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Gov. Chris Sununu is starting his third term as governor of New Hampshire. Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with Sununu Friday about the challenges facing the state, events this past week in Washington, and what he hopes to accomplish in the next two years.

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N.H. House Speaker Sherman Packard from Londonderry says State House security is taking precautions after reports of planned protests in connection with President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Republicans in the state legislature elected Packard last week after he served as acting speaker following the COVID-19 death of his predecessor, Dick Hinch. 

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The U.S. House voted to impeach Donald Trump for a second time on Wednesday, this time for incitement of an insurrection. This follows last week's events when pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol, an incident that left five people dead.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with New Hampshire Democratic Representative Annie Kuster, who voted for impeachment.

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This month, NHPR has been checking in with Granite Staters to see how they're doing and what they've learned after so many months of the pandemic. It's part of an end-of-year series we're calling Hindsight.

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NHPR is checking back in with Granite Staters to see how they're holding up as 2020 comes to a close. It's part of a series we're calling Hindsight.


It's been nearly 300 days since New Hampshire reported its first COVID-19 case. Since then, there have been 36,542 cases, 889 hospitalizations and 656 deaths.

At NHPR, we've been keeping track of these numbers to help us, and you, better understand the impact of the pandemic here in New Hampshire.

The pandemic has changed how many people are celebrating Christmas this year, but one thing remains constant, and that's the joy of Christmas music.

New England musician Dan Blakeslee has released a new album this month called "Christmas Jubilee" that has a mix of tradition and original songs. NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley caught up with Blankslee to chat more about the album.

(Editor's note: We recommend listening to this story.)

Rick Ganley: What makes you love Christmas music so much?

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State health officials say there are now more than 100 cases of COVID-19 linked to an outbreak at one of the biggest residential addiction treatment centers in the state.

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2020 has been a tough year, and as we approach the end, NHPR is checking in with people we spoke with early on in the pandemic to see how they're holding up, and what they've learned. It's part of a series we're calling Hindsight.

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When the New Hampshire Legislature meets for Organization Day Wednesday, it will select the Secretary of State. Bill Gardner, who's held the position for the last 44 years, is likely to sail smoothly into re-election for a 23rd term.

2020 has been a challenging year, but NHPR is wrapping it up on a high note with Holidays By Request IV.  Join Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley and Producer Emily Quirk  for two hours of under-appreciated holiday tunes, requested by you!

And this year we're including  home recordings of unique holiday songs, and concert performances from around the state.

Thank to all who took the time to send in song requests and recordings.  

Hour One:

1) Backdoor Santa, Clarence Carter

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is talking with some of the lawmakers who have been newly elected to the New Hampshire legislature. Tony Labranche, a Democrat, will represent Amherst in the House of Representatives.

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Rick Ganley: So, Tony, you're going to be the youngest representative in the House for this session. How did you first get interested in politics and how did you decide to run?

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is talking with some of the lawmakers who have been newly elected to the New Hampshire Legislature. Maria Perez, a Democrat, will represent Milford in the state House of Representatives.

People in New Hampshire and across the country are having renewed conversations about police reform and the role of law enforcement.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley recently sat down with Manchester's new police chief, Allen Aldenberg, to talk about how his department is responding in this moment.

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Back in the spring, the first wave of coronavirus cases led many states, including New Hampshire, to shut down non-essential businesses and close schools. Those moves worked, flattening the curve and reducing new cases.

After a relatively quiet period this summer, infections and hospitalizations are back on the rise in New Hampshire, but so far, the state's response has been relatively muted compared to earlier this year. NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with NHPR reporter Jordyn Haime about why.

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While Democrats won every federal race on the New Hampshire ballot last week, Republicans were the big winners on the state level. That includes gaining new majorities in the state House of Representatives, state Senate and the Executive Council.

And that's led to some soul searching and finger pointing within the state Democratic Party in recent days about what went wrong and how to address it. 

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After more than a year intentionally stranded in the Central Arctic, a research icebreaker returned to her homeport last month in Germany.

The Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate, or more easily said MOSAiC expedition, was a record breaker for both the trip itself and the huge amount of data it collected.

Governor Chris Sununu voting in Newfields on November 3, 2020.
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New Hampshire voters may have re-elected Democrats to the U.S. Senate and congressional seats this week. But when it came to State House races, Republicans are the ones celebrating.

Republicans appear poised to claim new majorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the Executive Council. And Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican from Newfields, was perhaps the biggest victor on Tuesday night, winnning re-election by a 2 to 1 margin over his challengers. 

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In an effort to be more transparent with our listeners, NHPR has been answering your questions about how we cover the news. NHPR's news director Dan Barrick spoke with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley about our plans for Election Day coverage and beyond.

Click here for all of NHPR's coverage plans and 2020 Election resources.  

There is a lot on the country's plate right now: a pandemic, economic disruption, a racial justice crisis, and serious climate change threats.

All are getting some attention on the New Hampshire campaign trail in 2020, but so too are the issues of income taxes and abortion, which animate every election here regardless of who is running.

New Hampshire's state legislature is overwhemingly made up of older white men. This is also true for many local governments across the state.

A political action committee created this year is dedicated to increasing the diversity of New Hampshire's state and local governments. 

A lot of voters are feeling anxious about the outcome of this presidential election, no matter which candidate they support. Leading up to Election Day, NHPR's Morning Edition is talking with people who haven't voted much in the past, or maybe have never voted before.

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In an effort to improve transparency around coverage of the 2020 elections, NHPR wants to answer your questions about how we cover the news.

NHPR's Program Director Michael Brindley joined Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley to talk about how New Hampshire Public Radio covers political candidates and how we prepare for live interviews with those candidates.

The University System of New Hampshire includes Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, University of New Hampshire, and UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law.

The pandemic has had a negative financial impact on many New Hampshire institutions, including higher education.

The University System of New Hampshire did receive and benefit from some CARES Act funding, but the costs associated with COVID-19 have meant major revenue losses.

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Parts of New Hampshire continue to experience extreme drought conditions. The state has put a ban on campfires near public woodlands in response, and well drilling companies are overwhelmed with calls.

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The November election is front and center on a lot of people's minds right now — not least of all because President Trump has recently declined to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election. He has also, without evidence, questioned the legitimacy of the election itself.

But here in New Hampshire, there's another battle playing out in court that could have ramifications for how and when voters cast their ballots in November, and how those ballots are counted.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in a case that's the latest in a decades-long debate over whether the state pays enough for public education.

Multiple New Hampshire School Districts are suing the state for not meeting its constitutional obligation to fund an adequate education for all students.

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There's been a steady rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire over the last two weeks, but the number of deaths and hospitalizations due to the virus have remained flat.

How should we make sense of the current coronavirus numbers? NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Dr. Michael Calderwood, an infectious disease expert at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, about what trends we should be paying attention to.

In an effort to improve transparency around our coverage, NHPR is here to answer your questions about how we cover the news. 

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with NHPR's News Director Dan Barrick about how we're planning to cover this election season, and what we're doing to earn your trust as a listener. 

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Most students in the Manchester School District are still learning remotely. But kindergarteners and first-graders returned to school buildings last week.

These younger students are the first to test out the district's hybrid learning model.