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NHPR launches new statewide call-in program; NPR to air national conversation show 

NHPR’s weekday evening lineup is changing, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As our state, our country and the world confront the coronavirus pandemic, NHPR is committed to  bringing you the latest information and serving as a vital community resource and virtual gathering spot.


ABC affiliates around the country are currently running promotional materials regarding a two-hour program on Bear Brook, a long-running investigation involving four murders near a New Hampshire state park. The program is set to air on ABC News’ news magazine program, 20/20, this Friday evening, March 20 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The program features NHPR’s Bear Brook podcast, and the work of our podcast host and reporter, Jason Moon.

New Hampshire Public Radio is now part of The Granite State News Collaborative, a statewide multimedia news collaborative that "draws on and amplifies the strengths of its members to expand and add missing dimensions to coverage of issues of concern to the NH public as a whole, as well as to particular communities." The mission of the collaborative is to build public trust and hold government accountable to its citizens. Across the collaborative, members work on coordinated reporting projects and shared engagement activities.



Last week, three newsroom employees of New Hampshire Public Radio attended the NICAR20 (National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting) Conference in New Orleans, joined by hundreds of other journalists from around the country.

Patricia McLaughlin

Are you a musician living free and rocking in the Granite State? NPR Music wants to hear your best stuff! 

Unsigned artists with sounds to share are welcome to enter the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest. Winners will get the chance to play behind the famous tiny desk at NPR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C, and go on tour with NPR Music. 

To enter, musicians need to film themselves performing one, original song at a desk of their choice. Submit your video by Monday, April 27 for the chance to join past winners like Tank and the Bangas and Fantastic Negrito.  

   First in the Nation, First on the Story 

Got ideas? Got a recording device? Gather your best sound and go!

Aspiring podcasters from New Hampshire and across the country are invited to tell their unique stories as part of the 2020 Student Podcast Challenge.

NHPR reporter Jason Moon is one of just a dozen journalists from across the nation selected for a  fellowship designed to help improve media coverage of critical health care issues. The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation announced its 2020 class for the Health Coverage Fellowship. Reporters from The Washington Post, Kaiser Health News and CNN were among those also selected for the honor.

Sara Plourde


New Hampshire Public Radio’s latest podcast explores the side roads, back stories, pressing contemporary issues and cultural quirks of New Hampshire. The Second Greatest Show on Earth podcast launches Wednesday, October 16 – wherever you get your podcasts.

First Forum October 8 – with Bill Weld

New Hampshire Public Radio, in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, will hold a series of forums with presidential primary candidates to explore in-depth the issues that impact New Hampshire voters. Forums will be open to the public, broadcast on NHPR live, and then broadcast on New Hampshire PBS.

  Jim Schachter Named President & CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio

Award-winning News Executive to Lead Statewide Public Media Organization Into the Next Decade

Sara Plourde

Building on a legacy of top-notch political reporting, New Hampshire Public Radio launches its first politics-themed podcast on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Titled “Stranglehold," the podcast explores the history, evolution and continued relevance of the first-in-the-nation status of the New Hampshire primary, while also probing some of the ‘mythology’ around this longstanding political tradition.

Patricia McLaughlin / New Hampshire Public Radio

Exciting news for listeners of NHPR’s popular Bear Brook podcast!

Jason Moon will appear on The Dr. Oz Show on Tuesday, September 17, as part of Dr. Oz’s continuing coverage of True Crime topics.

In the segment – taped in August – Jason discusses his reporting behind the long-running New Hampshire investigation involving four unidentified bodies found near Bear Brook State Park. He also offers personal insights on some of the key players affiliated with the investigation.

Listen to Patient Zero


New Hampshire Public Radio’s latest podcast takes a look at what happens when society confronts the limits of scientific knowledge, through one of the most enigmatic diseases of the 21st Century: Lyme disease.


Join NHPR for a night of exceptional storytelling!  On Wednesday, September 4, the team behind NHPR’s popular Bear Brook Podcast will share stories from the stage, at the new Bank of NH Stage in Concord. 


New Hampshire’s U.S. Route 4 is a common east-west roadway for thousands of commuters, day trippers and residents who live along its path. The NHPR newsroom will take a closer look at this numbered highway as part of a summer feature series beginning Thursday, June 27.

Extending for 106 miles and stretching from the Vermont border in West Lebanon to near the Maine border in Portsmouth, the road passes through forests and fields, past lakes and rivers, and through small towns and bigger cities.


NHPR is the winner of three first-place awards in a prestigious national journalism competition. Each June, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) honors the best work being done by local public radio stations and journalists across the country.

PRNDI presented nearly 190 awards in numerous categories at its annual banquet, held on Saturday, June 15, in Washington, D.C. 

In Division A, for stations with news staff totaling seven to 15 members, NHPR received three first-place citations: Best Writing, Commentary and Series.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR


The Board of Trustees of New Hampshire Public Radio is pleased to announce the establishment of The Gardella Center for Journalism at New Hampshire Public Radio. On Wednesday, June 5, the news and content production area at NHPR’s Concord offices were named in honor of former CEO Betsy Gardella. Board members, former Board members, station supporters and staff were on hand to celebrate Betsy’s acceptance of this honor.

The personal story of a man who tries to get his life back on track after a stint in a New Hampshire prison is at the center of a new podcast from New Hampshire Public Radio. “Supervision” is a four-part podcast that takes a look at the sometimes challenging journey that follows incarceration, as former inmates try to navigate new lives.

New Hampshire Public Radio received four first-place awards at the New Hampshire Press Association Distinguished Journalism Contest 2018 Awards Banquet.

The New Hampshire Press Association serves to promote, recognize and develop journalism throughout the state. The banquet—held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester—recognized winners from 38 different categories. This year’s contest accepted entries from print, online and broadcast members, which were judged together to reflect New Hampshire’s evolving journalism landscape.

The Exchange, New Hampshire Public Radio’s daily news talk show, will explore how New Hampshire’s workforce shortage impacts the economic and social fabric of life in the state, with a special broadcast series beginning Monday, May 20.

Trio of Award-Winners for NHPR

Apr 23, 2019

New Hampshire Public Radio is the winner of three regional 2019 Edward R. Murrow Awards, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

Regional Murrow Awards honor achievements in radio, television and digital outlets from across the country. NHPR placed in the Small Market Radio category, from the award region encompassing Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Regional winners are automatically considered for the National Edward R. Murrow Awards, which will be announced later this year.

Civics 101 Launches New Season: Life Stages

Apr 1, 2019

The practical role government plays in every stage of a citizen’s life—from birth to death—is the theme of the next season of Civics 101. Beginning Tuesday, April 9, the award-winning podcast from New Hampshire Public Radio will present six original episodes under the theme of “Life Stages.

Hosts Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy explore the many ways that the government interacts with citizens, including:

New Hampshire’s challenge in funding public schools is the topic of a new series from New Hampshire Public Radio titled Adequate: How a State Decides the Value of Public Education, which will begin airing Thursday, March 21.

The reporting effort by NHPR’s education reporter Sarah Gibson is part of the newsroom’s State of Democracy project, which looks at the impact of state policy on people’s day-to-day lives. Stories in the Adequate series will look at how schools are struggling to serve their students with rising education costs and declining state funds.

Sara Plourde

New Hampshire Public Radio will launch its first podcast tour this spring when the team behind Bear Brook goes live onstage in five East Coast cities. 

The popular podcast focuses on four unsolved murders from the 1980s near Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire—cold cases that went warm after new investigative techniques came into play.


New Hampshire Public Radio is now accepting applications for its Community Advisory Board (CAB)—a panel of listeners from across the state providing feedback to the station about programming, policies, services, and community interests.

NPR Student Podcast Challenge

Jan 14, 2019

Are you a teacher with a classful of voices eager to be heard? Are you a student with a story longing to be told?

NPR Student Podcast Challenge– an opportunity for students across the country to create their own podcasts for a chance to appear on NPR later this spring. The Challenge is aimed at students between grades 5 and 12, and NPR Ed will provide a series of suggested prompts and a guide for student podcasters and their teachers. This is an exciting opportunity to add youth voices from around the country to the national conversation.

NHPR Wins Multiple Granite Mikes

Nov 13, 2018

New Hampshire Public Radio won three first-place awards at the 2018 Granite Mikes—for reporting that spanned gun control policy, healthcare in rural New Hampshire and a beloved hometown synchronized swimming squad.

The New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters presents the awards each year, recognizing radio and television stations throughout New Hampshire for their work in documentary news, use of digital media, feature reporting and many other categories.