Rick Ganley

Host, Morning Edition

Rick joined NHPR as morning host in January 2009. He has a 20 year career in radio including on-air work at stations in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire in formats from rock to classical. He was co-owner of an FM station in Maine in the mid 90s. Rick spent the last ten years as Operations Manager and Morning Host of WPNH-FM, Plymouth NH and Production Director for Northeast Communications Corporations' five-station group. He also writes occasional pieces on media and music for the Hippo, Manchester's weekly paper, and voices radio and TV spots on a freelance basis.

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The Trump administration in December decided it’s time to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

But New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen is speaking out against the withdrawal. She’s working with Diane Foley, the mother of journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley, who was killed by ISIS in 2014.

Shaheen and Foley penned and op-ed for the Washington Post arguing the withdrawal risks a resurgence in Islamic State violence around the globe, and Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with the Senator by phone about that article.

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The federal government shutdown continues as President Trump and Democratic lawmakers have yet to come to an agreement on funding for a border wall.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with New Hampshire Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan about what's going on in Washington as those negotiations continue.

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As we enter the 20th day of the federal shutdown, government employees across New Hampshire are continuing to go without pay.

The federal correctional institution in Berlin is one of the largest employers in the city. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with corrections officer Jesse Carter about how the shutdown is affecting him and other staff at the prison.

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The New Hampshire Legislature will consider a couple of bills this year to ensure certain disciplinary records of police officers are subject to the state's right-to-know law. At issue is something called the "Laurie's List," a list of current or former law enforcement officers who have had disciplinary issues and may not be deemed trustworthy to testify in a court proceeding.

State Rep. Paul Berch, a Democrat from Westmoreland and retired public defender, is a co-sponsor of two bills, House Bill 153 and House Bill 155. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Berch about the intent of his legislation. 

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Conflicts between bears and humans in New Hampshire almost doubled this past year with about 800 reported encounters.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Andrew Timmins, a bear biologist for the N.H. Fish & Game Department, about this increase.

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New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter announced in 2017 that she wouldn't seek reelection for her 1st Congressional District seat, and now her term has ended.

Democrat Chris Pappas will take her place after defeating Republican Eddie Edwards in November's midterm election.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Shea-Porter on Wednesday by phone about her time in office and what's comes next.

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The holiday season has ended, but there's still lots to do across New Hampshire in the new year. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley talked with NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits on some of the best events happening in the month of January.

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For the second year, Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley and Producer Emily Quirk team up for two hours packed with under-appreciated holiday tunes, requested by you!  

Thanks to everyone who sent in their requests over the last few weeks.

Join us:

  • Saturday, Dec. 22, 8-10 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 24, 7-9 p.m.

 

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It’s our last Radio Field Trip, and producer Mary McIntyre and I are teaming up with NHPR reporter Sean Hurley. He’s guiding us on a hike to a special spot of his in the White Mountains.

Note: A permit is required to cut down a tree in the White Mountain National Forest, which was obtained before taking this Radio Field Trip! Permits can be purchased for $5. Click here for more info. 


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The University System of New Hampshire announced this fall that Melinda Treadwell would be the next president of Keene State College.

Treadwell led the school on an interim basis since the unexpected departure of former president Anne Huot last summer. She's overseen significant cost-cutting and restructuring efforts, and like many rural colleges in the state, Keene State has struggled with enrollment declines.   Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Treadwell about how she plans to continue to handle these challenges.


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As New Hampshire rolls out its new statewide addiction care system, leaders in Manchester continues their effort toward combating the opioid crisis in the Southern part of the state.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig on how the Queen City is working to find new ways to address the epidemic.

Craig attended the Mayors Institute on Opioids City Team Cohort Meeting in Nashville this week, where she met with other city leaders.

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New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show New Hampshire has seen a substantial net inflow of people from other states. Almost 5,900 people on average annually migrated to the Granite State from 2013 to 2017.

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As Nashua School District continues to struggle with finding and retaining enough substitute teachers for its classrooms, school officials are exploring a potential solution that would eliminate the need for subs at all.

A group of teachers have proposed the idea of creating digital learning centers in Nashua's two high schools where students could gather to complete their schoolwork online.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Ray Guarino, a member of the district's Board of Education, which is studying that proposal.


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The holiday season is in full swing as we enter December, and there are lots of ways to celebrate across the Granite State. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits about this month's best events.

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The U.S. government released its Fourth National Climate Assessment report at the end of last week that shows the effects of climate change are already here – both in New England and all over the country.

Jennifer Jacobs is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of New Hampshire, and she’s the lead author on that report’s chapter on transportation and infrastructure.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Jacobs about her work and what it means for New Hampshire.

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For this week’s Radio Field Trip, we’re prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday by visiting the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm for a cooking class.

Do you have a suggestion for an upcoming Radio Field Trip? Click here to submit your idea, or email us at fieldtrips@nhpr.org.


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New Hampshire has had one of the oldest state legislatures in the country, but that's starting to change.

This next legislative session will have several dozen lawmakers under the age of 40, and this includes 19-year-old Cassie Levesque, a Democrat who will represent the town of Barrington.

Levesque will be one of the youngest women ever to serve in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with her about her win.

So now that you've won, how are you feeling? Has the reality settled in a little bit?

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New Hampshire voters will have the opportunity to decide next week whether to pass two amendments to the state constitution in the form of questions on the ballot.

The first ballot question would change taxpayer standing to bring legal actions against the government.

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New Hampshire voters will have the opportunity to decide next week whether to pass two amendments to the state constitution in the form of questions on the ballot.

The second ballot question addresses the individual right to privacy from the state in reference to personal information and data.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with UNH law professor John Greabe about what this change would mean for Granite Staters.

 

The days may be getting colder and shorter as we head into November, but there's still plenty going on in the Granite State. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits about this month's happenings.


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For this week’s Radio Field Trip, we’re getting in the Halloween spirit.

Do you have a suggestion for an upcoming Radio Field Trip? Click here to submit your idea, or email us at fieldtrips@nhpr.org.


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First District Congressional candidate Chris Pappas says the current trade war with China is putting American businesses at risk, and President Trump needs to open talks instead of imposing tariffs.

Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with Pappas on foreign relations and trade.

Morning Edition is speaking will all Congressional candidates this week.

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Eddie Edwards, the Republican nominee in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, says he supports enforcement of stricter borders, including building a wall along the border with Mexico. But the former law enforcement officer says he's concerned with the lack of oversight for federal agencies like ICE, the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Edwards about foreign relations and trade. Morning Edition is speaking with all congressional candidates this week.


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Governor Chris Sununu and the Democrat hoping to replace him, former State Senator Molly Kelly met in debate last night on NHPR. Joining me now to discuss is Josh Rogers.

OK. Josh, last night’s debate at Manchester Community College was the second of the general election, but the first for live statewide broadcast – and by the way we’ll be playing that debate back at 9am. You and Laura Knoy were asking the questions. So what in this debate stood out for you?

Congresswoman Annie Kuster says if she's re-elected to New Hampshire's 2nd District, she's hoping to help pass immigration reform to strengthen U.S. borders and provide a pathway to citizenship.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Kuster, a three-term Democrat, on foreign relations and trade. Morning Edition is speaking with all Congressional candidates this week.


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Steve Negron, the Republican nominee for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District, says although he's open to increasing visas for foreign workers, he supports stricter immigration reform.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Negron on foreign relations and trade. Morning Edition is speaking will all congressional candidates in the Granite State this week.

Democratic nominee for governor Molly Kelly says she plans to reevaluate the state budget to make the opioid crisis and child protection services a priority.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Kelly on health care issues in New Hampshire. Morning Edition is interviewing all gubernatorial candidates on health issues this week.

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Gov. Chris Sununu says he has a model for paid family and medical leave that's voluntary, citing his opposition to the mandatory proposal that passed the House during the last legislative session.

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Libertarian gubernatorial nominee Jilletta Jarvis supports job training as part of any initiative to combat the opioid epidemic in New Hampshire, but she's opposed to Medicaid expansion, which several state leaders say has been a critical tool in response to the health crisis. Morning Edition host Rick Ganley interviewed Jarvis to further discuss health care issues.

Morning Edition is interviewing gubernatorial candidates all week to discuss health policy.

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For this week’s Radio Field Trip, we’re going to see a boat race featuring fall’s favorite squash – the pumpkin.

Do you have a suggestion for an upcoming Radio Field Trip? Click here to submit your idea, or email us at fieldtrips@nhpr.org.

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