The Concord Monitor is the daily newspaper for Concord, the state capital of New Hampshire. It also covers surrounding towns in Merrimack, 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, the Monitor became a Pulitzer Prize winning paper, when photographer Preston Gannaway was honored for feature photography.
Its website has included blogs by editor Felice Belman and the paper's photo department. As the capital's newspaper, the Monitor is known for its coverage of state government and politics, including the "Capital Beat" column.
The Monitor has been published continuously since 1864, under a variety of names 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. 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.
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.
Its 2004 circulation was 22,000 daily, 23,000 Sundays. More recent figures put the daily circulation around 20,000.
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. Brown retired in 2009 and was replaced by Aaron Julien, George W. Wilson's son-in-law. John Winn Miller, former publisher of The Olympian of Olympia, Wash., was named the Monitor's publisher in 2010.
In early 2013, Mark Travis, who had spent more than two decades at the paper as a reporter and editor, succeeded Miller as publisher. In June 2013, Travis also became editor. Travis left his dual roles at the paper in February 2014, with David Sangiorgio stepping in as acting publisher.
Awards and honors
Photographer Preston Gannaway won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in April 2008, shortly after departing from the Monitor. Gannaway was honored for her work on a project called "Remember Me" chronicling a local woman's death.
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.
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.
- Mike Pride, editor emeritus
- Edward Nathan Pearson, former city editor of the Concord Evening Monitor and New Hampshire Secretary of State from 1899 to 1915.
- Steven Pearlstein, former writer, and current Washington Post columnist.
- Jo Becker, former writer, and current New York Times reporter.
- Preston Gannaway, a photographer awarded a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for her work while at the Monitor.
- Sarah Koenig, former writer, current public radio personality, producer of This American Life and executive producer and host of the podcast Serial (podcast).
The Concord Monitor prices are: $1.00 daily, $2.00 Sunday.