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‘Political Junkie’ Ken Rudin Joins NHPR Team

Just as the national political spotlight shines on New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) and Ken Rudin are launching a year-long partnership to bring Ken’s one-of-a-kind insight and analysis to the listeners of NHPR.


Rudin, a political expert and former host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, joins host Laura Knoy, of NHPR’s award-winning show The Exchange during the first week of every month. Rudin will answer listeners’ questions, discuss the history and potential outcomes of national and New Hampshire races – and of course, quiz the audience with his well-known trivia challenge.

“Ken’s unique voice is largely missing from the national conversation, we are proud to bring it back to the public radio audience, beginning here in New Hampshire,” offers Betsy Gardella, President & CEO of NHPR.

“There is no place like New Hampshire when it comes to politics and elections. I am excited to have conversations with Laura and what I think of as the most engaged electorate in the country,” adds Rudin.

An integral part of this new partnership is occurring on election night. Rudin will join Laura Knoy, Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers and the rest of the NHPR newsroom live in the NHPR studios on election night and again the next morning. The commentary and insight will be available to national networks and audiences across the country.

The announcement of this partnership was made live to a group of donors at Hypertherm’s World Headquarters in Lebanon, NH on September 3. The event was followed by Rudin’s inaugural appearance on The Exchange on September 4. To download pictures from the event or to listen to the episode of The Exchange visit

About NHPR
Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 165,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC.  NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.