Michaela Towfighi reports on struggling middle-class and working-class residents for the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. Prior to joining the Monitor full time, she was a summer intern there. A 2022 graduate of Duke University with a degree in public policy and journalism and media studies, she covered education, COVID-19 and the 2020 election and helped edit stories about the Durham County Courthouse for The 9th Street, a Duke newsletter, and North Carolina’s Indy Week. Her story about a family grappling with a delayed trial for a fatal car accident in Concord, New Hampshire won top honors in Duke’s Melcher Family Award for Excellence in Journalism. Towfighi is an American expat who calls London home, despite not having picked up a British accent just yet.
Frances Mize covers the climate and environment for Valley News, a paper and news site serving the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire, based in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Mize was born and raised in Atlanta, and she is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in anthropology. She has written about clean water and sustainable energy issues for The Working Waterfront, which is published by the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine. Mize was a general assignment reporting intern and freelancer for Valley News, and says that she is thrilled to continue growing as a reporter in the community that first taught her how to report.
The Concord Monitor is a daily paper and news site that covers Concord, the New Hampshire State House and dozens of communities in the center of the state. It reports on annual town meetings in the smallest communities and the largest issues facing the state. The Monitor is consistently recognized as one of the best of its size in the New England Newspaper & Press Association awards competition.
The Valley News covers an area along the New Hampshire/Vermont border that includes more than 40 towns in four counties. The newspaper seeks to connect, engage, inform and give voice to residents of the Upper Valley with a focus on accountability for those in positions of authority, matters of public interest and enriching the lives of readers.
The Granite State News Collaborative is a collective of nearly 20 local media, education and community partners working together to produce and share news stories on the issues that most impact New Hampshire. The idea is that together we can provide more information to more communities than we could individually. The Collaborative was founded in 2018 by a small group of journalists who assessed the state of the journalism ecosystem and thought they could do better if they worked together. The Collaborative has tackled tough topics including the opioid and mental health crises, winning several NH Press Association and New England Newspaper & Press Association Awards for its work.
Alex Driehaus is a photojournalist for the Valley News in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Previously, Driehaus worked at the Naples Daily News in Naples, Florida, where she covered community stories, including migrant students facing education challenges during the pandemic and python hunters in the Everglades. Before moving to the Sunshine State, she interned at The Virginian-Pilot, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and The Patriot-News. Driehaus enjoys working in situations where she is able to spend time getting to know the people she photographs and exploring their lives and relationships visually. Driehaus grew up in Cincinnati, and is a graduate of Ohio University's School of Visual Communication. Her photography earned her a spot at The Eddie Adams Workshop in 2019.
Claire Potter reports on environmental issues for the Valley News in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Previously, she was a research intern for the “The Axe Files,” David Axelrod's podcast on CNN's site. Potter graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in American History and English Literature from The University of Chicago in 2021, where she was a managing editor and contributor to Expositions, the student-run magazine covering environmental issues. Potter has written about Illinois' child welfare and juvenile justice systems for the student paper, The Chicago Maroon, and reported on the Iowa caucuses for ABC's political news site during the summer of 2019. A Pulitzer Center fellow, Potter has reported on the activists and urban planners who are reintroducing wetlands and rivers into Mexico City. She grew up in Warwick, New York.
Gabriela Lozada reports on Latino communities in southern New Hampshire for New Hampshire Public Radio. She has over 10 years of reporting experience, and is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who specializes in covering social issues. Her documentary, “El Ultimo Hielero Del Chimborazo” (The Last Iceman of Chimborazo), screened at film festivals in the U.S. Lozada has worked on feature films and in TV, and has managed the communications department of Fondo de Cultura Economica, a major Latin American nonprofit publishing group, in Quito, Ecuador, her hometown. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and audiovisual communications from the SEK International University in Quito, and an MFA in filmmaking from the New York Film Academy.
Jenny Whidden reports on the New Hampshire Statehouse and racial justice legislation for The Granite State News Collaborative, a statewide multimedia collective of nearly 20 media outlets and community partners working together. Previously, Whidden, of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, covered the Illinois Statehouse and the pandemic for the Chicago Tribune. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University, where she was managing editor of the Marquette Tribune, the award-winning student paper. Whidden has reported for New Jersey’s Star-Ledger, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, a nonprofit site. The Associated Press and U.S. News & World Report have also published her work. Whidden says that when she was a senior in college a journalist told her, “When done well, journalism is a genuine public service.” This is what Whidden intends on doing.
Started in 1864, the locally owned Concord Monitor covers the capital city of Concord, the New Hampshire State House and dozens of surrounding communities in the central part of the state. We cover everything from annual town meetings in our smallest communities to the largest issues facing the state, including the opioid epidemic and the ongoing mental health care crisis. We play an increasingly central role in civic debate, and host many public meetings focused on issues. And once a year, we host a health-based conference that pulls together the state’s leading experts on the biggest issues facing our readers and our state.