Heather McKernan has been publisher of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript since 1995. She has a degree in writing from St. Lawrence University and an MBA and Master's in journalism from Syracuse University. Responsible for all aspects of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript's operations, she consults with the newsroom editors and oversees business operations including advertising, circulation and accounting. She has worked for newspapers in upstate New York and North Carolina and joined the Concord Monitor in 1989 as human resources manager and later became controller. She is active in several community organizations and is on the board for the Monadnock Center for History and Culture. She also has served on the boards of the The River Center, The Family Center, the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University, the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and the Community Prevention Coalition. Heather lives in Peterborough where she enjoys running and a variety of outdoor activities.
Ben Conant joined the Ledger-Transcript staff as an editor in 2013. A member of ConVal's class of 2000, Conant graduated from the journalism program at Keene State College in 2010. Prior to joining the Ledger-Transcript, Conant worked at the Concord Monitor for three years; he was the editor of the Monitor's free alt-weekly newspaper, the Concord Insider. He moved to Peterborough in 1993 and has lived in or around the Monadnock region ever since. Conant currently resides in a cabin in Hancock.
Priscilla Morrill has worked in community journalism in the Monadnock region since March 2005. The N.H. Press Association has recognized her work with a first-place award for government reporting in 2012, first place in investigative news in 2010, first place in feature writing in 2009, and in 2007 the association named her Columnist of the Year for her column "Single in a Small Town." Morrill was part of the Ledger-Transcript team that earned the 2009 Dennis Joos Memorial Award for Outstanding News Coverage for reporting of the December 2008 ice storm and its aftermath. In a two-person team effort, she helped earn the paper first place in Best Use of Social Media in 2013, in covering a Jaffrey bomb threat. She holds a Master's degree in history from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from Wells College, Aurora, N.Y.
Dave Anderson joined the Ledger-Transcript in 2004. He was awarded the 2012 Writer of the Year by the New Hampshire Press Association. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, and has lived in the Monadnock region since 1975. Prior to joining the Ledger-Transcript, he worked in editing or production jobs for several magazine publishers, including BYTE/McGraw Hill and Helmers Publishing in Peterborough and PennWell Publishing in Nashua. Dave and his wife, Kathy, live in Hancock. They have three grown children.
Ashley Saari started with the Ledger Transcript as a reporter in November 2011. She is a graduate of Mascenic Regional High School, and she graduated from Franklin Pierce University with bachelor degrees in English and mass communication. She participated in both the print newspaper, The Pierce Arrow, and the online newspaper, The Exchange, while in college, as well as the Franklin Pierce's two literary magazines. She was born and raised in New Ipswich, and currently lives in Rindge.
Marilyn Weir has been on staff since 2004. She assists the editors and manages the calendars. She is a professional photographer with her own business and has contributed photos to the newspaper and special publications. Her family has been in Peterborough for more than 40 years. She lives in town with her cat, Max, and cares for a small flock of sheep.
Benji Rosen began at the Ledger-Transcript in August 2014. A Los Angeles native, he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned an English degree with a concentration of British Literature. After graduating, he spent time in Israel, interning for the English-language newspaper The Jerusalem Post. Following his internship, he moved to Vermont to become a full-time reporter for the Hardwick Gazette in Hardwick, Vermont. He now lives in Peterborough. He is a loyal Dodgers, Kings, and UCLA Bruins fan who is trying to enjoy skiing New England 'powdah.'
Prior to joining the Ledger-Transcript in 2010, Emily Manns worked as a consultant in Boston, analyzing the environmental effects of electricity production and conservation. She holds degrees in engineering and business from Queen's University in Canada, and lives with her family in Peterborough.
Kim Galbraith joined the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in September 2006 as Production Coordinator after being employed with the Peterborough Transcript for almost nine years. With a career that began as a typesetter at the age of 17, it quickly grew to ad design and bookkeeping. Kim works closely with the sales team and the ad design department, with duties that include page layout, design and accounts receivable.
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Clare Ellis McCarthy, ad design, works with the sales team and production staff to schedule, design, and layout the advertising materials for print and web. She brings over two decades of experience in the graphic design and printing fields to the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.
Jill Hacking, ad designer, works with sales and production staff. She's been in the newspaper and printing fields for 30 years. When she's not in the office, she can be found on a lake in her kayak.
Judy Tomlinson is the advertising sales representative for the towns of Jaffrey and Rindge. She previously worked as the director of business development and community and government relations for Franklin Pierce University. A former Chair of the Cathedral of the Pines Board of Trustees, Judy is also a member of two of FPU's advisory councils: Women in Leadership and the New England Center of Civic Life. Her connections extend beyond Rindge and into Peterborough as well, where she is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. When she's not in the office or out volunteering, Judy lives in Dublin and enjoys playing with her dog Bentley, gardening and designing and making quilts.
Dave Groder joined the the Ledger-Transcript in December of 2012 as an advertising sales representative. Dave previously spent 26 plus years with Quebecor World Printing responsible for educational book publishers as well as commercial printing account through-out the North East. As a graduate of Franklin Pierce College/University and member of the Alumni Bord of Directors for the past six years Dave and his wife Gail moved to the Monadnock region ten years ago and now reside in Jaffrey.
A Granite state native, Lyn and her husband moved to Peterborough three years ago. She holds a management degree from the University of South Florida, a certificate in interior design, and is a Master Gardener. With lengthy experience in small business, Lyn has a background in retail management and program administration. Her free time is spent as a fiber artist, hiker, skier, and cyclist.
Sue Walden joined the Ledger-Transcript staff in August of 2013. A New Jersey native, Sue moved to Peterborough looking to transition from her 20-year career as a professional portrait, commercial and wedding photographer She holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y., as well as 18 years experience in retail business management.Currently residing in Peterborough, Sue enjoys all aspects of outdoor activities, especially skiing with her two children.