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Spiner new executive editor at NH Union Leader; Montgomery to Sunday post

August 23. 2014 11:21PM

Paul Montgomery, SNEWS Editor for the New Hampshire Union Leader (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

The New Hampshire Union Leader and Union have named Trent Spiner as Executive Editor of the statewide news and information company.

Spiner comes to the Union Leader's top news post from WMUR-TV where he has served as both news assignment editor and as a manager of the Hearst station's website and social media output.

Trent Spiner was named as Executive Editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader.

"Trent's roots are in New Hampshire news,'' said Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid. "He has been a worthy competitor in helping to oversee WMUR news and we are excited to have his energy and talents coming to work for the Union Leader and''

Spiner, 28, is a native of New York City and a graduate of Franklin Pierce University.

He is a former news correspondent for the Union Leader and was a reporter for the Concord Monitor.

He was chosen earlier this year as one of the Union Leader's 40 Under Forty class of distinguished young New Hampshire citizens.

Spiner resides in Concord. He will lead an experienced news team that will continue its comprehensive coverage of New Hampshire, with a special focus on aggressively reporting local and state political news, as well as New Hampshire's high profile first-in-the-nation Presidential Primaries.

Spiner will also concentrate on boosting the Union Leader's digital presence and social media strategies.

"I am excited to lead such an experienced, committed and well-respected news organization," said Spiner. "We will deliver the Union Leader's standard of strong news reporting to our readers in print, in their social media timelines and their tablets and phones."

The Union Leader also announced that Assistant Night Editor Paul Montgomery has been named editor of the New Hampshire Sunday News, the state's largest newspaper.

Montgomery, 58, resides in Weare with his wife. The couple has three grown children.

Montgomery was a reporter and editor for the Keene Sentinel and taught journalism at Keene State College. He is a National Headline Award winner, among other honors.

A former board member of the N.H. Press Association, Montgomery, like Spiner, also served as a Union Leader correspondent.

The changes are effective Sept. 1.

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