With thirteen miles of ocean, a vibrant local business and arts scene, and cities and small towns that surround the beach and inland estuaries, the Seacoast is rich in culture. However, the region has faced challenges with climate change and a higher cost of living. We look at what makes this part of our state unique, and in both smaller towns like Exeter and
Epping, and big draws like Portsmouth and Hampton.
- Lara Bricker - A journalist living and working on the Seacoast for over 20 years. She has lived in Exeter for most of that time, since graduating from UNH. Her current beat is covering education in SAU 16 (Exeter, Stratham, Brentwood, Newfields, Kensington and East Kingston) and she is the writer of Exeter Life column that appears twice a month in Seacoast Media Group. During her time on the Seacoast, she's covered everything from Plaistow to Hampton to Portsmouth.
- Howard Altschiller - Executive editor of Seacoast Media Group, which publishes SeacoastOnline and Fosters.com, and also two daily newspapers and five weekly publications in Maine and New Hampshire.
- J. Dennis Robinson - Author and historian who writes about New Hampshire and the Seacoast region. He is also the editor of SeacoastNH.com.
- Jennifer Wheeler - President of the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce, and former executive director of Leadership Seacoast.
Our guests highlighted several charity events and local gatherings that benefit the community. Among them is the Hungry For Hope Benefit, End 68 Hours of Hunger, which provides backpacks with food for hungry students to take home on the weekends, and Bottomline Technology's Race for a Cause, which supports the Families First healthcare center.
We also heard about the Music Hall in Portsmouth for live entertainment.