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New Hampshire Public Radio recently earned awards in prestigious journalism competitions, both on the national stage and here in New Hampshire.  Accolades include a National Edward R. Murrow Award, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), and six awards from the Granite Mikes, presented by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters (NHAB).



This October, NHPR’s weekday talk show The Exchange marks 25 years of distinctive New Hampshire conversations, discussing the issues of our times and the topics on listeners’ minds.  


First Debate Takes Place October 7  

In the lead-up to Election Day on November 3, New Hampshire Public Radio will hold a series of live debates on-air and online with the candidates for major public offices in New Hampshire. Debates will take place between candidates for the U.S. Senate, the House seats in the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts, and Governor. The debates are being held in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, which will later broadcast them on NHPBS and NHPBS Explore.

From Podcast to Print

Sep 4, 2020

Civics 101 Hosts Publish New Book Looking at Fundamentals of Democracy and U.S. Government.

NHPR’s Civics 101 podcast hosts Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy will become first-time authors when their new book, A User's Guide to Democracy: How America Works, goes on sale Tuesday, September 8. The book also features illustrations by cartoonist Tom Toro of The New Yorker magazine.


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact both the wider economy and the kitchen-table economic issues of American families. NHPR is expanding its programming to provide more insights and news on business-related topics, as individuals, businesses and communities across the country continue to grapple with economic issues. 

New Hampshire Public Radio received 13 first-place awards at the New Hampshire Press Association’s Distinguished Journalism Contest virtual ceremony on Wednesday, August 12. Each year, the Press Association honors the best journalism and individual journalists throughout the New Hampshire media industry. Award-winning entries spanned the 2019 calendar year.



NHPR was recently notified by one of its third-party service providers of a security incident. That service provider is Blackbaud, which provides services related to our donor database and constituent engagement. The security incident was far-reaching and involved a number of Blackbaud clients, including, universities, nonprofits, and other public media organizations. 

At New Hampshire Public Radio, we speak with pride about our commitment to independent, factual journalism, and to building community and connections across the Granite State. But it is important that we also speak with humility about the challenges we face in fulfilling those commitments.

Foremost today among those challenges is NHPR’s pressing need to become a more diverse and inclusive news organization and a more equitable workplace.

A new, ongoing reporting project from New Hampshire Public Radio will take a deeper look at climate change in our state and the region, and its impact on policies, industries, communities and individuals.

NHPR is the winner of four first-place awards in a prestigious national journalism competition. Each June, the Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) honors the best work being done by local public media stations and journalists across the country.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the PMJA held its first ever Virtual Awards Gala to honor the winners. The PMJA presented 179 awards, representing 84 news organizations across the country.


New Hampshire Public Radio is the winner of five regional 2020 Edward R. Murrow Awards, picking up citations across news, sports and digital categories, including an inaugural award for podcasting. News coverage ranging from a deep dive into the state’s long running conversation around educational funding for local schools, to the niche winter sport of dog sledding, to a look into the history and relevance of the New Hampshire primary are some of the NHPR reporting projects earning top regional honors.


Weather is warming up in New Hampshire and more residents are taking to the outdoors for exercise, nature, or as a way to take a (socially-distanced) break from staying in their homes. The team behind NHPR’s Patient Zero podcast is sharing some new information to help people protect themselves from ticks and Lyme disease as they venture outdoors.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, our state, our nation and our world are confronted with an extraordinary time of uncertainty. People throughout New Hampshire are grappling with the daily impact of the pandemic and related complications on our society, as well as on their own personal health, family, economic and social situations.  


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NHPR junto a Granite State News Collaborative lanza un nuevo servicio de información para la comunidad hispanohablante 

Un nuevo noticiero radial en español es diseñado especialmente para comunicar lo más reciente sobre la emergencia sanitaria del COVID-19  y otras noticias del estado con la comunidad hispanohablante de New Hampshire. 


NHPR, Granite State News Collaborative launch news services to reach Spanish-speaking community

A new Spanish language audio newscast will provide Spanish speakers in New Hampshire with the latest information on coronavirus-related developments and other news.

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.