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Grant Bosse named new editor of Editorial Page

September 12. 2015 8:39PM
Grant Bosse at the State House in Concord on Sept. 11, 2015. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

A New Hampshire native whose first job was delivering the Union Leader as a paperboy will be delivering the newspaper's opinions as editor of its editorial pages. Starting next month. Grant Bosse will take over the post from Andrew Cline, who is leaving the company to start a communications consulting business.

Bosse grew up in Hillsborough where his parents still own and operate The Messenger, a local weekly newspaper. He was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1994. He was a reporter and anchor for WGIR Radio in Manchester and later news director for WTSL Radio in Lebanon, which won multiple journalism honors on his watch.

New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News President and Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid said that Bosse's combination of news and political experience “makes him a natural for a job that often entails running facts to ground before putting them in perspective.''

"Our editorial pages are known for letting readers know where we stand. Like Drew Cline, Grant Bosse has the courage of his convictions. We wish both of them well.''

“I am a First Amendment zealot,” Bosse said, “and I can't imagine a better opportunity to compete in the marketplace of ideas than on the editorial pages of the Union Leader and Sunday News. I'm looking forward to continuing the tradition of opinion journalism that is informative, entertaining, and persuasive.”

Bosse spent five years as editor of NH Watchdog, an independent news site run by the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, a free market think tank. Earlier, he worked at the New Hampshire State House for Speakers Donna Sytek and Gene Chandler and was press secretary for Craig Benson's successful 2002 gubernatorial campaign.

He also spent five years on the Washington, D.C., staff of U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu. He returned to New Hampshire in 2008 and sought the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. He has spent the past two years on the staff of the New Hampshire Senate. Bosse is 43. He and his wife, Jane, live in Lee.

Cline has been with the newspapers for 14 years.

“It's time for a new challenge,” Cline said. “I'm thrilled to say I am venturing into the world of entrepreneurship to create my own communications consulting and freelance writing business, which I've always wanted to do. Come October, you can find (and hire) me at”

Cline twice won the N.H. Press Association Editorial Writer of the Year award. He called the Union Leader editorial page “the best pulpit in New Hampshire (no offense to the clergy)” and said he is proud “to have had the privilege of occupying it for so long, and I am pleased to pass it to the capable Grant Bosse, who will put his sharp wit and keen mind to good use there. I'll miss the newsroom a lot; and I'll miss working with Joe McQuaid, who has been an understanding and generous mentor all these years. But I finally have the opportunity to strike out on my own, and I have to take it.”

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