Former New Hampshire Public Television political reporter and producer Richard Ager died suddenly at his home in Wyoming on Dec. 29, 2013. He was 60.
Ager covered New Hampshire politics and stories for NHPTV for 18 years and had been a political affairs reporter and producer at Wyoming PBS for the past two years.
As a producer for the NHPTV programs “NH Outlook,” “NH Roundtable,” “NH Journal” and “NH Tonight,” Ager reported on stories such as the impeachment trial of state Supreme Court Chief Justice David Brock, presidential candidate profiles, statewide issues like gay marriage, medical marijuana and the Northern Pass Project, and a documentary on the anniversary of the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle.
“Richard loved a good news story, politics and people,” said Dawn DeAngelis, chief content officer for NHPTV. “He had a real ability to tell a story, and when you watched one of his reports you would come away learning not only about what he was covering, but what it means to everyday people.”
Ager produced the television specials “Tuck’s Gift,” “Autumn’s Passage,” “Who Has Seen the Wind?” and “The Mysteries of New Hampshire.” A documentary he produced about the consequences of drunk driving, “Just One Night,” was distributed nationally.
In Wyoming, he produced a weekly public affairs series, “Wyoming Chronicle,” a quarterly live call-in program “Wyoming Perspectives” and covered the Wyoming legislative sessions on “Capitol Outlook.”
“He received so many comments from the subjects of his stories, talking about his fairness, journalistic skill and integrity,” said DeAngelis. “He received hand-written notes from those he interviewed thanking him for the story. We have missed him greatly since he left NHPTV, and will even more so now.”
Ager left NHPTV in 2011 after budget cuts halted production of “NH Outlook.”
He is survived by his wife, Renee, and sons Robert and Reece.