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Trent Spiner is a storyteller who wants to know everything

MANCHESTER — Another night, and you've just wasted an hour watching "Nashville" or some far-fetched reality TV show. Drowsy, you decide to catch the news before going to bed and switch to WMUR-TV.

Once you've pushed that remote button, you have put your trust in Trent Spiner, the assignment editor and Web producer for New Hampshire's largest television news operation. Spiner, who is 28, is responsbile for orchestrating the late-night news broadcasts and updating the station website.

He is an incurable news addict, reading newspapers, and visiting and revisiting websites that range from the New York Times to New Hampshire-oriented blogs. A news story breaks, and he calls everyone he knows — and strangers he doesn't know — to get the inside information.

"I go after every single story. I just want to know everything," said Spiner, who worked as a New Hampshire Union Leader news correspondent and Concord Monitor reporter before moving to broadcast journalism. 

Spiner grew up in New York City and moved to New Hampshire to attend Franklin Pierce University. There, he worked on the student newspaper, championed free speech, and helped to found PoliticsFitzU, which throws students into the New Hampshire presidential election cycle.

"He was then, and always will be, a leader," said Kristen Nevious, director of the university's Fitzwater Center for Communications.

As a newspaper reporter, Spiner covered the capital murder trial of John Brooks, interviewed presidential candidates in 2008, and labored through the journalistic bread and butter of local arrests and town budgets.

He went to television in 2010. Spiner said he had to learn a different technology and concepts such as voiceovers. But the basics are the same.

"We do storytelling here," he said, "just in a different format."

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