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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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By Degrees is a multi-year reporting project from NHPR that will tell stories about climate change in New Hampshire - its challenges, solutions and connections to other forces shaping our lives today. 

The project begins today. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with lead reporter Annie Ropeik, who covers energy, the environment and the Seacoast for NHPR, to learn more about the project's goals, what to expect this week and how listeners can contribute.  

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To kick off NHPR's new reporting project By Degrees, we're unpacking the basics of how climate change is already affecting life in New Hampshire, and how the state is contributing to and responding to the problem. 

Rachel Cleetus is the policy director for the Union of Concerned Scientists' Climate and Energy Program, based in Massachusetts.

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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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The Manchester School Board unanimously approved a resolution in June promising the district's staff and policies will change to reflect the city's diverse student population.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley followed up with Manchester superintendent John Goldhardt to talk about what those changes in the school district could look like.

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A pair of recent New Hampshire Supreme Court decisions could lead the way toward more transparency surrounding misconduct by public employees, including police officers.

The court ruled that internal personnel practices aren’t automatically exempt from disclosure under the state’s right-to-know law. 

The ACLU of New Hampshire was co-counsel for both cases. NHPR’s Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with the organization’s legal director, Gilles Bissonnette, about how this could provide better access to public information.

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Antibody testing could help determine whether someone has been infected with COVID-19 in the past. But there are still a lot of unknowns about what else we might learn from the tests.

Antonia Altomare is an epidemiologist and infectious disease physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with her about what antibody testing does tell us about the spread of the virus.

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Governor Chris Sununu has established a new task force that will recommend a plan to address the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on communities of color in New Hampshire.

According to the most recent data from the state, black and Latino residents are testing positive at higher rates than their share of the population. That follows national trends on who’s been most affected by the virus.

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Our music shows have been so popular we've decided to make it a regular Thursday thing. 

If you have a song request, get in touch! Leave us a voice message at (603) 513-7700, or email nhcalling@nhpr.org - just make sure to give us your name, your song request, and why you'd like us to play it.

This program aired on Thursday, May 21th at 7 p.m.

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The New Hampshire Department of Education has created a task force to determine how public schools should resume this fall.

The School Transition Reopening and Redesign Taskforce will look at lessons from remote learning and at different approaches schools could take next year as the pandemic continues.

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Our music shows have been so popular we've decided to make it a regular Thursday thing. 

If you have a song request, get in touch! Leave us a voice message at (603) 513-7700, or email nhcalling@nhpr.org - just make sure to give us your name, your song request, and why you'd like us to play it.

This program airs on Thursday, May 14th at 7 p.m.

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In New Hampshire, elections are largely an in-person event, but it's hard to socially distance at a polling place. And many poll workers and voters are trying to figure out how to conduct elections safely during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, an alternative school in Rochester was finding new ways to help its students cope with difficult situations.

Bud Carlson Academy is on its way to becoming the first trauma-skilled school in the state.

This story is part of our series Lifelines: Addressing Trauma in the Age of COVID-19

Principal Bryan Kelliher says most of the students enrolled there didn’t succeed in a typical high school environment, and many have experienced childhood trauma.

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Our music shows have been so popular we've decided to make it a regular Thursday thing. 

If you have a song request, get in touch! Leave us a voice message at (603) 513-7700, or email nhcalling@nhpr.org - just make sure to give us your name, your song request, and why you'd like us to play it.

This program aired on Thursday, May 7, and featured Jeff Stern, of Portsmouth-- creator of Brockets.

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Caregivers are one group of essential workers who have continued showing up for their jobs daily amid the coronavirus pandemic.

At the Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield, staff work with children with disabilities and children who've been neglected or abused.

This story is part of our series Lifelines: Addressing Trauma in the Age of COVID-19 

Often workers have their own past trauma, or they can experience secondary trauma on the job.

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The coronavirus pandemic has led to intense isolation for many people as they've been stuck inside their homes to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Isolation is hard on everyone, but it can be particularly difficult for those who've experienced trauma.

NHPR's new series Lifelines is taking a close look at trauma in the time of COVID-19. We wanted to know what kind of resources are out there for dealing with isolation.

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Gov.  Chris Sununu is loosening restrictions on several parts of the state’s economy throughout the month of May.

On Friday, the governor extended his stay-at-home order to the end of the month, with some key amendments. Retailers will be allowed a limited number of customers in their stores beginning May 11, and restaurants can open with outdoor dining beginning May 18.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Sununu about his plans to slowly reopen the economy within the next few weeks.

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It's been just over a month since pretty much everything about normal life in New Hampshire has changed.

On March 29, Gov. Chris Sununu made the same decision as many other leaders around the world -- to close all non-essential businesses and tell residents to stay inside their homes.

For people already living with trauma or those in difficult home situations, it's been especially challenging. NHPR's new series Lifelines will look closely at trauma in the time of COVID-19. 

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Gov. Chris Sununu announced plans Friday afternoon to lift some restrictions on the state's hospitals and businesses meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, citing what he characterized as an improving outlook for the disease in New Hampshire.

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Our music shows have been so popular we've decided to make it a regular Thursday thing. 

If you have a song request, get in touch! Leave us a voice message at (603) 513-7700, or email nhcalling@nhpr.org - just make sure to give us your name, your song request, and why you'd like us to play it.

This program aired on Thursday, April 30.

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The city of Nashua says it's ramping up coronavirus testing and outreach. 

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Nashua's Public Health Director Bobbie Bagley about the city's response to the pandemic.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)

Rick Ganley: I know that expanding testing has been talked about for a while now as a key in limiting the spread of the coronavirus. Many states and cities have said that limited supplies have made it difficult to ramp up testing. What's Nashua strategy?

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Gov. Chris Sununu says the state is working on a plan to reopen the economy in phases. Sununu's stay-at-home order is scheduled to end next week on May 4.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with him about how he's working with local and regional leaders on plans to reopen.

(Editor's note: Because of the governor's cell phone connection, the audio for this interview is difficult to understand in places. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.)

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The Governor's Office for Emergency and Recovery (or GOFERR) is charged with the investment and oversight of federal funding in response to COVID-19.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Jerry Little, who's taking a leave as New Hampshire's Banking Commissioner to lead the office.

Little spoke about how the body is getting input and will decide how to spend the funds.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)

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Our music shows have been so popular we've decided to make it a regular Thursday thing. This week - your soul pandemic playlist.

This program aired on Thursday, April 23.

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In preparation for a potential surge of coronavirus patients, hospitals around the state cancelled elective procedures and closed down or limited other wings of their facilities.

Hospital emergency rooms remain open, but patients, even those with serious health conditions, don’t seem to be using them. 

NHPR's Rick Ganley spoke with Dr. Mary Valvano, chief of emergency medicine at Portsmouth Regional, about what she's seen in her ER.

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One month ago today, Gov. Chris Sununu issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in New Hampshire due to the coronavirus.

Since then, the governor has issued more than two dozen additional emergency orders, touching nearly every aspect of life in the state - shutting all public schools, closing nonessential businesses, and encouraging Granite Staters to stay at home unless necessary.

With bars, restaurants and venues closed down indefinitely, it's harder than ever to be a working musician. But that doesn't mean New Hampshire artists aren't performing.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Campton musician Jim Tyrrell to ask what he's doing while he can't play on stage.

You can watch Jim Tyrrell and other local New Hampshire musicians play live shows here.

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Rent is due this week for many tenants across New Hampshire. But due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, many have lost their income and may not be able to make their payments.

NHPR's reporters are working around the clock to bring you the latest on this critical story. Click here to make a donation to support our newsroom. 

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Governor Sununu has issued an emergency stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The order goes into effect this evening at midnight and is scheduled to last through May 4.

Click here to sign up for email updates on the the latest coronavirus news in New Hampshire.

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As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout New Hampshire, communities are shutting down and people are isolated as they practice social distancing.

But in Tamworth, a group of nurses is working to keep their community connected through this pandemic.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Jo Anne Rainville, the executive director of the Tamworth Community Nurse Association, which provides free medical care and counseling to people in town.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.)

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As concerns over coronavirus upend daily routines around the country, in New Hampshire it’s been mostly business as usual for state and local governments.

 

That’s the case in the State House, where legislative deadlines mean lawmakers have so far kept their normal schedule in a busy time of year. On the local level, towns across the state prepare for town meetings this weekend.

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