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Staff Biographies

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Gretchen.jpgGrechen Askins is the Payroll/Human Resources Manager for Newspapers of New England. She is responsible for approximately 250 employees across three newspapers, including the Monitor. Her main focus includes benefits administration, onboarding, compliance and payroll. Grechen holds a BS from Florida State University and is working toward her Master’s at Plymouth State University. She lives in Bow with her partner, son, daughter and two cats.

369-3265 On Twitter @GrechenAskins




Leone_Steve_web.jpgSteve Leone joined the Monitor as editor in April of 2014. He’s worked for the Newport Daily News in Newport, RI, the News & Advance in Lynchburg, Va., the Portland Press Herald in Portland, Maine, the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, Calif., and most recently was the editor of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough, NH. He lives in Concord with his wife and two children.



VanFleet_Jon_web.jpgJonathan Van Fleet is the Managing Editor and editor for PolitiFact NH. Van Fleet coordinates the Monitor’s news coverage and special projects reporting. He previously worked at The Telegraph in Nashua, and the Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine. Born and bred in the 603, he’s a graduate of UNH and never met a spreadsheet he didn’t like. He lives in Bow and is the father of three children. 369-3303. On Twitter @CMonitor_JVF.


Wormald_Dana_web.jpgDana Wormald is the Opinion Editor and is on his second tour of duty with the Monitor. He worked on the night desk from 1995-2003 and then spent the next 11 years at the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he edited the paper’s Derry-Londonderry and Southern New Hampshire editions. In April 2014, he returned to the Monitor to write editorials and edit the Forum section. He lives in Epsom with his wife and two daughters.

369-3370. On Twitter @danawormald.


Forester_Geoff_web.jpgGeoff Forester rejoined the Monitor as photo editor in 2014 after being in the position from 1987-1995. Previously, Geoff was a picture editor at the Boston Globe  from 1995-2002 and was a freelance photographer based in Concord until re-joining the Monitor.



Tim O’Sullivan is the Sports Editor. He joined the Monitor as a sig_OSullivan_Tim_1094494.jpg
sports reporter in 2003, covering UNH football, high school sports, professional New England sports and anything else that involves athletics and is connected to central New Hampshire. Before joining the Monitor, Tim worked at the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine. and received a B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University.

369-3341. On Twitter @timosullivan20.



Caitlin Andrews born and raised in the state, Caitlin Andrews joined thesig_Andrews_Caitlin_8164455-(1).jpg
 Monitor just before the 2016 presidential elections. In addition to covering the towns of Bow, Hopkinton, Dunbarton, Weare, henniker and Warner, Caitlin also serves as a general assignment reporter and builds pages for the weekend papers. Prior to the Monitor, she was the Rochester and surrounding area reporter for Foster's Daily Democrat and a University of New Hampshire graduate. When she's not writing, Caitlin enjoys running, reading and planning her next travel experience.


David Brooks is a reporter and the writer of the sci/tech column Brooks_David_web.jpgGranite Geek and blog, as well as moderator of the monthly Science Cafe Concord events. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he became a newspaperman, working in Virginia and Tennessee before spending 28 years at the Nashua Telegraph. He joined the Monitor in 2015. He lives in Mont Vernon with his wife, Shelley, a veterinarian; their two children are grown.


Doyle_Megan_web.jpgAlyssa Dandrea joined the Monitor as the crime and courts reporter in summer 2016. She was previously the cops and courts reporter at The Keene Sentinel in Keene, N.H., as well as a general assignment reporter at the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough, N.H. Dandrea grew up in Vermont and graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 2011.

369-3319. On Twitter @_ADandrea.


Duckler_Ray_web.jpgRay Duckler, our intrepid columnist, has no specific beat. He floats from topic to topic, searching for the humor or sadness or humanity in each subject. A native New Yorker, he loves the Yankees and Giants. The Red Sox and Patriots? Not so much.



Lola Duffort covers education and towns east of the Capitol - Lola.jpgAllenstown, Chichester, Pembroke, Pittsfield and Epsom. She joined the Monitor in August of 2016. Before that, she covered schools for the Rutland Herald in Vermont, and freelanced for the Miami Herald in Florida. She received her undergradualte degree from McGill University in Canada.



Jay McAree is a sports reporter for the Monitor. He joined the staff in sig_McAree_Jay_8349723.jpg
2016 after spending time at the Laconia Citizen in the Lakes Region as a reporter and sports editor. He grew up in Connecticut and got his first taste of New hampshire while attending Keene State College, where he graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in journalism.





Stoico_Nick_web.jpgNick Stoico is a sports reporter for the Monitor covering high schools, UNH and NASCAR. He also works on the night desk as a copy editor and page designer. Nick joined the Monitor in May 2015, shortly after graduating from the University of New Hampshire. During college, he covered sports and news for Foster’s Daily Democrat in Dover and was editor of the student newspaper, The New Hampshire.

369-3314. On Twitter @NickStoico.



Frantz_Elizabeth_web.jpgElizabeth Frantz joined the Monitor as a staff photographer in October 2014. Originally from upstate New York, she attended Western Kentucky University for photojournalism and interned at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa, The Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, N.C., and The Elkhart Truth in Elkhart, Ind., before coming to the Monitor.

369-3333. On Twitter @lizfrantz.



Ralph Jimenez, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, joinedJimenez_Ralph_web.jpg
 the Monitor as a stringer after a stint as a teacher and circus promoter and while working as a logger and sawmill worker. He joined the Monitor staff in 1981 covered many beats and wrote a science column before becoming editorial page editor in 1987. He left for the Boston Globe in 1990 and returned to the Monitor in 2001. He retired as editorial page editor in 2012 to become, among other things, an oyster farmer but continues to work part time writing editorials and serving on the editorial board.


Sarah Kinney joined the Monitor as a copy editor and community newsKinney_Sarah_web.jpg
 editor in late 2014 after graduating from Simmons College with a degree in communications. She also is editor of the Monitor’s LiveWell magazine, as well as the weekly Food, Arts and Your Life sections. Previously, she worked for the Berlin Daily Sun. A life-long New Hampshire resident, she enjoys walking in the woods, making crafts and reading anything she can get her hands on.



Pezone_Michael_web.jpgMichael Pezone rejoined the Monitor in 2016 as a copy editor and reporter on both the news and sports desks. He's lived in New Hampshire the majority of his life, and is a graduate of Pinkerton Academy and Keene State College. He is a former sports editor of the Eagle Times in Claremont, and resides in Sunapee with his wife, Laura.

369-3317. On Twitter @mpezoneNH.




LK1-(4).jpgLaura Kiernan is a member the Monitor editorial board and a part-time editorial writer. During her long career in print and broadcast journalism, Laura has been a reporter at The Washington Post and The Boston Globe and hosted the award winning show “Perspectives” on New Hampshire Public Radio. She holds a BA in politics from Catholic University in Washington DC and a master of studies in law from Yale Law School.
From 2001-2013, Laura worked for the New Hampshire court system, where she founded the public information office and was communications director and special assistant to the Supreme Court Chief Justice. She
and her husband are longtime residents of Concord.


Hannah Sampadian joined the Monitor as a copy editor and communitysig_Sampadian_Hannah_8349717.jpg
news editor in September 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire. Born and raised in Concord, Hannah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking photographs and exercising outdoors..


Nick Upton returned to the Concord Monitor in 2016 as a copy editor on sig_Upton_Nick_8349720.jpg
the news desk. He grew up in Andover and Northfield and is a graduate of Tilton School and Skidmore College. He started out in news with an internship at the Monitor a few years back, and, in the time since, he's worked at the Telegraph in Nashua and the Citizen in Laconia. He loves punny headlines and is very up-front about his affection for cute animal stories.




Goodwin_Tim_web.jpgTim Goodwin joined the Concord Insider as a staff writer before becoming the editor in 2015. Prior to his new role in Concord, he was the sports editor for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough. He lives with his wife and young daughter, and he may be the only Oregon Ducks fan you’ve ever met.


Bodell_Jon_web.jpgJon Bodell started at the Monitor in 2010 as an intern just days after graduating from UNH and currently works as a reporter/photographer for the Concord Insider. He began as a copy editor for the Nation & World pages and eventually went on to edit the Local & State section and the front page on a full-time basis. He still edits the front page one night a week. He lives in Concord with his girlfriend, Aimee, their daughter, Julia, and their two Labs.



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