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August 24. 2014 8:04PM

New faces, proven veterans will assure Union Leader's solid hold on the news


The Nashua newspaper, the Telegraph, will no longer have a staff reporter assigned to the State House in Concord. That is a shame, as was noted in several news reports and opinion columns of late. But much of that coverage, which bemoaned the lessening of political coverage, managed to overlook our own State House regular reporter, the veteran Garry Rayno. Nor was there mention of the other state political and government coverage the Union Leader continues to provide.

So we might as well blow our own horn and report that we are strengthening our New Hampshire news team with the addition of Trent Spiner as our Executive Editor and Paul Montgomery as our Sunday News Editor.

If neither name is familiar, it is because both have been plying their trade mostly behind the scenes in recent years. But if you have either watched WMUR-TV news or looked at its website, chances are you have seen Trent's work. And if you are a Union Leader or reader, you have read what Paul has edited.

Trent is leaving his job as news assignment editor at Channel 9, where he has also been a manager of the station's website and social media. He was one of this year's “40 Under Forty'' class of bright young people who are making a difference for New Hampshire. He intends to make a difference for us, particularly in the very areas of political and government coverage with which some people are so concerned.

He went to Franklin Pierce University, worked as a correspondent for us and a reporter for the Concord Monitor, and he knows New Hampshire from Coos to the Sea.

He will have help in leading the state's best news team. Besides Paul Montgomery, who has been our Assistant Night Editor for several years, he can count on Night Editor Sherry Wood, and Deputy Managing Editors Mike Cote (for business and city) and Vin Sylvia (sports and features). Those last three have been doing double or triple duty this summer as we sought to fill the other editor posts.

They, in turn, count on an experienced and bright group of news professionals.

Trent and Paul start their new jobs next week. I can hardly wait.

One other thing that strikes me about the state of New Hampshire news these days. Both the Nashua paper and the Manchester TV station are part of big, out-of-state companies. The Union Leader, on the other hand, is independently owned right here in New Hampshire. There is a lot to be said for that.

Write to Joe McQuaid at or on Twitter @deucecrew.

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