Steve Leone named editor of the ‘Monitor’
Steve Leone, a veteran community journalist from Peterborough, has been named editor of the Concord Monitor.
Leone, who is 38, comes to the Monitor from the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, a twice-weekly newspaper owned by Newspapers of New England, the Monitor’s parent company. He became editor of the Ledger-Transcript eight days before the ice storm of 2008 knocked out power for several days.
For the last two months, Leone has worked as acting city editor of the Monitor.
Aaron Julien, president of Newspapers of New England, announced Leone’s hiring at the Monitor.
“It became clear from the work he’s done at the Monitor since February, and from his years in Peterborough, that he is the person for the job,” Julien said. “He’s excited about what he can do at the Monitor. He’s got great ideas, and that energy and vision are exactly what we want.”
Mike Pride, the longtime former editor who returned to the Monitor in February on an interim basis, added: “Steve is a true community journalist. He brings the talent and experience to guide the Monitor through the challenges ahead.”
After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island in 1997, Leone worked at papers in Newport, R.I., Lynchburg, Va., and Portland, Maine. He then settled for eight years at the Press Democrat, a large daily in Santa Rosa, Calif., where he helped run the nightly news operation.
At the Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough, Leone led the news coverage, designed pages, wrote editorials, took out the recycling – “did everything,” as he put it.
Leone spent his early years in Italy and speaks Italian. He moved to the United States at the age of 4 and grew up wanting to be the Red Sox second baseman. When he realized he couldn’t make the throw from deep in the hole, he gave up that dream and began to write about sports, launching his career in the sports department of the Newport Daily News.
He lives in Peterborough with his wife, Kelly, who works at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack, and their children, Sofia, 8, and Alex, 6.
He took up skiing with his family this past winter. This summer, the family hopes to begin hiking the state’s 48 4,000-foot peaks.
The Leones plan to move to Concord soon.