Concord Monitor

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Concord Monitor
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Newspapers of New England
PublisherSteve Leone
Headquarters1 Monitor Drive, Concord, New Hampshire 03302, U.S.
OCLC number10828908

The Concord Monitor is the daily newspaper for Concord, the state capital of New Hampshire. It also covers surrounding towns in Merrimack County, most of Belknap County, as well as portions of Grafton, Rockingham and Hillsborough counties. The Monitor has several times been named as one of the best small papers in America and in April 2008, became a Pulitzer Prize winning paper, when photographer Preston Gannaway was honored for feature photography.[1]

After publishing seven days a week for decades, starting in March 2024, it ceased print publication on Sundays.[2]


The Monitor has been published continuously since 1864, under a variety of names, including the Evening Monitor, and owners. In the late 19th century it was owned by a publishing company called the Republican Press Association which also published a paper named the Independent Statesman.[3] Its masthead calls it the Concord Monitor and New Hampshire Patriot, although the Monitor name is the only one in widespread use. James M. Langley, who had acquired both publications in the 1920s, was responsible for the merger.

William Dwight, publisher of the Holyoke Transcript-Telegram in Massachusetts, bought the Monitor from Langley in 1961, becoming its publisher. When he retired in 1975, his son-in-law George W. Wilson took over both the Monitor and Newspapers of New England Inc., the holding company of Dwight's newspapers in Concord, Holyoke and Greenfield, Massachusetts.[4]

The Monitor has been flagship of this chain — now encompassing four dailies and three weeklies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts — since 1993, when the Transcript-Telegram folded.[citation needed]

Its 2004 circulation was 22,000 daily, 23,000 Sundays. More recent figures put the daily circulation around 20,000.[5]

In 2005, George W. Wilson retired as president of Newspapers of New England. Tom Brown became president of NNE, and Geordie Wilson, George W. Wilson's son, became publisher of the Monitor.[6] Brown retired in 2009 and was replaced by Aaron Julien, George W. Wilson's son-in-law.[7] John Winn Miller, former publisher of The Olympian of Olympia, Wash., was named the Monitor's publisher in 2010.[8]

In early 2013, Mark Travis, who had spent more than two decades at the paper as a reporter and editor, succeeded Miller as publisher.[9] In June 2013, Travis also became editor.[10] Travis left his dual roles at the paper in February 2014, with David Sangiorgio stepping in as acting publisher.[11] Heather McKernan replaced Sangiorgio as publisher in May 2017; she also continued to hold the title of publisher at the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough, another NNE-owned newspaper.[12]

Awards and honors[edit]

Photographer Preston Gannaway won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in April 2008, shortly after departing from the Monitor.[1] Gannaway was honored for her work on a project called "Remember Me" chronicling a local woman's death.[13]

It was the first time a newspaper in New Hampshire was awarded the prize. The Monitor stood out as the smallest paper to win an award that year, with its circulation just a fraction of the next smallest, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.[14]

While 2008 was the first year the Monitor or one of its staff won a Pulitzer, the paper has a number of alums who have been honored, including Jo Becker of The New York Times and Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post, both of whom also won the award in 2008.

In 1999, the Columbia Journalism Review said that the Monitor was the best small paper in America [15] and Time magazine has named it one of "America's best newspapers".[16]

Notable people[edit]


The Concord Monitor prices are: $1.50 daily, $3.00 Sunday.

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  1. ^ a b "Preston Gannaway of Concord (NH) Monitor".
  2. ^ Concord Monitor: "Starting in March, one less printed paper plus more digital features " 12 Feb. 2024
  3. ^ Willey, George Franklyn (1903). State Builders; An Illustrated Historical and Biographical Record of the State of New Hampshire at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century. Manchester NH: New Hampshire Pub. Corp. pp. 203. OCLC 7566342.
  4. ^ "William Dwight, 92, Holyoke Publisher". Obituary. Union-News, Springfield, Mass., June 5, 1996.
  5. ^ Nationwide Concord Monitor, figures for an undetermined date, accessed February 5, 2007.
  6. ^ "AllBusiness: Unexpected Error Condition". Archived from the original on 6 March 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2008.
  7. ^ "'Monitor' group president retires," Concord Monitor, January 8, 2009". Archived from the original on 21 May 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  8. ^ "'Monitor' gets new publisher". Concord Monitor. 24 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Mark Travis, former Monitor reporter and editor, to take on publisher role in January". Concord Monitor. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  10. ^ "A (partial) retirement and a restructuring at the top". Concord Monitor. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  11. ^ "'Monitor' publisher Mark Travis leaving for internet startup". Concord Monitor. 25 February 2014. Archived from the original on 7 May 2021.
  12. ^ Brooks, David (19 April 2017). "'Monitor' names new publisher". Concord Monitor. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Remember me". Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  14. ^ "NH news, sports, opinion & photos – Concord Monitor". Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  15. ^ "San Antonio Attorneys". San Antonio Attorneys.
  16. ^ Concord Monitor: History Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved February 5, 2007.
  17. ^ "William Eaton Chandler, 28 December 1835 - 30 November 1917". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  18. ^ "GEORGE H. MOSES, 75, EX-SENATOR, DEAD; Member of Upper House From New Hampshire for 14 Years --Led Fight on League". The New York Times. 21 December 1944. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 October 2019.

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