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. He currently lives out Four Winds Farm way.
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 in international studies from Wells College, Aurora, N.Y.
Michele joined the the Ledger-Transcript in July 2015 as an editor on the news desk. She previously worked for newspapers in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and Boston, Massachusetts, as well as for magazines and online publications. She also spent time as a middle and high school English teacher. Michele lives in Jaffrey with her husband, Chris, and their blended family.
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. A graduate of Mascenic Regional High School, she graduated from Franklin Pierce University with bachelor degrees in English and mass communication. She participated in the print newspaper, The Pierce Arrow, and the online newspaper, The Exchange, while in college, as well as 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 in 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."
Nicholas Handy joined the Ledger-Transcript in February 2015 as a reporter. He graduated from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, in May 2014. He was previously lead reporter for the online news website golocalworcester.com. He was born and raised in Keene and now resides in Troy.
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, she quickly took up 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.
Clare Ellis McCarthy
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.
Molly Williams joined the Ledger-Transcript in July 2015 as inside sales support to the advertising division, aiding in all aspects of ad sales. She has a BFA in photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and is an avid crafter and “do-it-yourself” enthusiast. In addition to raising her three young boys, Molly has had a freelance photography business focusing on weddings and product images.
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 throughout the Northeast. As a graduate of Franklin Pierce College/University and member of the Alumni Board of Directors for the past six years, Dave and his wife Gail moved to the Monadnock region 10 years ago and now reside in Jaffrey.
A Granite State native, Lyn and her husband moved to Peterborough after time spent away. 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. She also has a fiber arts business. Her free time is spent as a gardener, hiker, skier and cyclist.
Charlie joined the Ledger-Transcript in 2015 after a decade-long stewardship of the Benjamin Prescott Inn, providing a strong foundation in the Monadnock business community. Prior to owning the inn, Charlie worked in IT and supply chain management for 3M. He brings a flair for the artistic, experience in graphic design and a Franklin Pierce degree in computer systems, all contributing to his enthusiasm for helping local entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Nerissa Osborne is the advertising sales representative for the towns of Dublin, Harrisville, Marlborough, Keene, Swanzey, Troy and the western territory. She previously worked as sales manager for the Friendly Loom Division at Harrisville Designs and as office manager for Bauhan Publishing. The current treasurer of Marlboro Morris & Sword, Nerissa is also an active member of the Keene BNI-ABC Chapter and serves as a visitor host. When she's not in the office or performing with Marlboro Morris & Sword, Nerissa lives in Harrisville and enjoys the outdoors.
Cynthia "Cindy" Schlosser
Cindy joined the Ledger Transcript in July 2015 as an advertising sales representative serving accounts in downtown Peterborough. She moved to the Monadnock region in 1972 and has had a number of jobs in magazine publishing, but spent much of her career with The Old Farmer's Almanac (Yankee Publishing) and retired from there in 2014. She loves working with the paper's core Peterborough accounts and being downtown every day.
Toby Theodore, inside sales representative, processes classified ads. Toby enjoys playing golf. He also plays the guitar.