Staff Directory


ernesto-burden.jpgErnesto Burden is the general manager at the Concord Monitor and vice president of digital operations for Newspapers of New England (NNE). He’s been a group publisher at PennWell, vice president of digital media for The Telegraph,, New Hampshire Magazine and related sites, as well as digital media director for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus newspapers in Vermont, online editor for The Telegraph and, and a print editor and reporter with daily and weekly newspapers. He is also a writer, runner, musician, and an avid student of the technology, literature, language and theology. He lives in Manchester New Hampshire with his four children and cat Arwen.




Leone_Steve_web.jpgSteve Leone joined the Monitor as editor in April of 2014. He’s worked for the Newport Daily News in Newport, RI, the News & Advance in Lynchburg, Va., the Portland Press Herald in Portland, Maine, the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, Calif., and most recently was the editor of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough. He lives in Concord with his wife and two children.




VanFleet_Jon_web.jpgJonathan Van Fleet is the managing editor. Van Fleet coordinates the Monitor’s news coverage and special projects reporting. He previously worked at The Telegraph in Nashua, and the Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine. Born and bred in the 603, he’s a graduate of UNH and never met a spreadsheet he didn’t like. He lives in Bow and is the father of three children.
369-3303. On Twitter @CMonitor_JVF.



Wormald_Dana_web.jpgDana Wormald is the opinion editor and is on his second tour of duty with the Monitor. He worked on the night desk from 1995-2003 and then spent the next 11 years at the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he edited the paper’s Derry-Londonderry and Southern New Hampshire editions. In April 2014, he returned to the Monitor to write editorials and edit the Forum section. He lives in Warner with his wife and two daughters.

369-3370. On Twitter @danawormald.



Forester_Geoff_web.jpgGeoff Forester rejoined the Monitor as photo editor in 2014 after being in the position from 1987-1995. Previously, Geoff was a picture editor at the Boston Globe  from 1995-2002 and was a freelance photographer based in Concord until re-joining the Monitor.




Tim O’Sullivan is the sports editor. He joined the Monitor as a sig_OSullivan_Tim_1094494.jpg
sports reporter in 2003, covering UNH football, high school sports, professional New England sports and anything else that involves athletics and is connected to central New Hampshire. Before joining the Monitor, Tim worked at the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine. and received a B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University.

369-3341. On Twitter @timosullivan20.



Caitlin Andrews joined theCaitlinAndrews.jpg Monitor just before the 2016 presidential elections. She focuses on writing about the city of Concord. Prior to the Monitor, she was the Rochester and surrounding area reporter for Foster's Daily Democrat and a University of New Hampshire graduate. She was born and raised in Gilford, New Hampshire.

369-3309. Twitter @ActualCAndrews


David Brooks is a reporter and the writer of the sci/tech column Brooks_David_web.jpgGranite Geek and blog, as well as moderator of the monthly Science Cafe Concord events. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he became a newspaperman, working in Virginia and Tennessee before spending 28 years at the Nashua Telegraph. He joined the Monitor in 2015. He lives in Mont Vernon with his wife, Shelley, a veterinarian; their two children are grown.

369-3313. Twitter @GraniteGeek



Doyle_Megan_web.jpgAlyssa Dandrea joined the Monitor as the crime and courts reporter in summer 2016. She was previously the cops and courts reporter at The Keene Sentinel in Keene, N.H., as well as a general assignment reporter at the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough. Dandrea grew up in Vermont and graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 2011.

369-3319. On Twitter @_ADandrea.



Duckler_Ray_web.jpgRay Duckler, our intrepid columnist, has no specific beat. He floats from topic to topic, searching for the humor or sadness or humanity in each subject. A native New Yorker, he loves the Yankees and Giants. The Red Sox and Patriots? Not so much.

369-3304. Twitter @RayDuckler.



LeahWillingham.jpgLeah Willingham joined the Monitor as a reporter in 2017 after two summers as a reporting and copy desk intern. She grew up in Concord and is a graduate of Concord High School and Mount Holyoke College. She previously worked at the Daily Hampshire Gazette and New England Public Radio in Western Massachusetts.


Jay McAree is a sports reporter for the Monitor. He joined the staff in sig_McAree_Jay_8349723.jpg
2016 after spending time at the Laconia Citizen in the Lakes Region as a reporter and sports editor. He grew up in Connecticut and got his first taste of New hampshire while attending Keene State College, where he graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in journalism.





Stoico_Nick_web.jpgNick Stoico is a town beat reporter for the Monitor covering Hopkinton, Bow, Weare, Henniker, Dunbarton and others. He also works on the night desk as a copy editor and page designer. Nick joined the Monitor in May 2015, shortly after graduating from the University of New Hampshire. During college, he covered sports and news for Foster’s Daily Democrat in Dover and was editor of the student newspaper, The New Hampshire.

369-3339. On Twitter @NickStoico.




Kinney_Sarah_web.jpg Sarah Pearson is features editor for the Monitor.  She starting as a copy editor and community news editor in December 2014 after graduating from Simmons College with a degree in journalism. A life-long New Hampshire resident, she now lives in Concord with her husband and dog. 




Pezone_Michael_web.jpgMichael Pezone rejoined the Monitor in 2016 as a copy editor and reporter on both the news and sports desks. He's lived in New Hampshire the majority of his life, and is a graduate of Pinkerton Academy and Keene State College. He is a former sports editor of the Eagle Times in Claremont, and resides in Sunapee with his wife, Laura.

369-3317. On Twitter @mpezoneNH.


Hannah Sampadian joined the Monitor as a copy editor and communitysig_Sampadian_Hannah_8349717.jpg
news editor in September 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire. Born and raised in Concord, Hannah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking photographs and exercising outdoors.



Goodwin_Tim_web.jpgTim Goodwin joined the Concord Insider as a staff writer before becoming the editor in 2015. Prior to his new role in Concord, he was the sports editor for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough. He now divides his time working for both the Monitor and Ledger-Transcript. He lives with his wife and daughters in Keene, and he may be the only Oregon Ducks fan you’ve ever met.



Ralph Jimenez, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, joinedJimenez_Ralph_web.jpg
 the Monitor as a stringer after a stint as a teacher and circus promoter and while working as a logger and sawmill worker. He joined the Monitor staff in 1981 covered many beats and wrote a science column before becoming editorial page editor in 1987. He left for the Boston Globe in 1990 and returned to the Monitor in 2001. He retired as editorial page editor in 2012 to become, among other things, an oyster farmer but continues to work part time writing editorials and serving on the editorial board.



LK1-(4).jpgLaura Kiernan is a member the Monitor editorial board and a part-time editorial writer. During her long career in print and broadcast journalism, Laura has been a reporter at The Washington Post and The Boston Globe and hosted the award winning show “Perspectives” on New Hampshire Public Radio. She holds a BA in politics from Catholic University in Washington DC and a master of studies in law from Yale Law School.
From 2001-2013, Laura worked for the New Hampshire court system, where she founded the public information office and was communications director and special assistant to the Supreme Court Chief Justice. She
and her husband are longtime residents of Concord.




Bodell_Jon_web.jpgJon Bodell started at the Monitor in 2010 as an intern just days after graduating from UNH and currently works as a reporter/photographer for the Concord Insider. He began as a copy editor for the Monitor before moving to Insider land in 2015. He lives in Concord with his wife, Aimee, their daughter, Julia, and their two Labs – all of whom are die-hard Red Sox fans.






John Mattes, Sales Manager
john-mattes.jpgJohn began his publishing career on the editorial side as a sports writer for a tiny daily newspaper: ink runs through his veins. At GOLF Magazine he made the move from “church” to “state” and joined the advertising department — still a rarity today. At Golfweek he helped bring a regional magazine to national prominence. Here in Concord, John is coaching a team of consultative sales experts who remind the market every day why the Monitor, founded in 1864, is “155 Years Strong.” His personal goal is to become editor-at-large — “because I’ve been the former and yearn to be the latter.”
Phone: 603-369-3242


Maria Adolphson, Advertising Account Executive, Downtown Concord
maria.jpgMaria has been in media sales including newspaper, magazine and digital for nearly a decade, helping businesses reach their goals by connecting them with new audiences and customers. A highlight of the job for her is meeting new people and learning about their businesses. She loves leveraging her knowledge and experience to help determine a businesses’ unique needs and help it grow. She’s a lifelong hockey mom, loves dogs and lives in Peterborough, NH. She’s a foodie, a patron of the arts, interested in design, and a native of London, England, where she loves to travel home to when she can.
Phone: 603-369-3201


Justin Graybill, Advertising Account Executive, Concord Heights to the Seacoast 
justin-graybill.jpgJustin lives in Concord, New Hampshire with his wife and two children. He is originally from Pennsylvania, where he spent 7 years as a Photojournalist for Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. He brings his newspaper and digital experience to his role as an advertising account executive at the Concord Monitor. Justin is an Air Force veteran, and has a Private Pilot License. He enjoys spending time at the beach and traveling with his family
Phone: (603) 369-3274


Thomas Miller, Advertising Account Executive, Lakes Region, Hooksett, Manchester 
tom-miller.jpgThomas has extensive experience in commercial photography. As the owner of a photo studio, traveling across the country to work with numerous businesses and organizations, he has cultivated unique visual and creative expertise to understand the presentation needs of organizations and products. He understands how important it is to have an experienced professional handling your advertising and marketing requirements in order to enhance your visibility and grow your business opportunities.
Phone: 603-369-3214


Tricia Ilacqua, New Business Development
tricia.jpgTricia has worked for The Concord Monitor for more than 5 years and has worked in the media industry almost 30 years. A proponent of community newspapers, Tricia knows the value that a local newspaper can bring to readers and local business owners alike. Knowledgeable in print and digital advertising she will learn about your business, listen to your needs and goals and provide effective options to expand your brand awareness, customer engagement, increase product sales and encourage new foot traffic and repeat business. Tricia lives in Webster, NH, holds a position for the town as a Trustee of the Trust Fund, along with being a member of the Energy Committee. She enjoys civic engagement, outdoor activities - gardening, hiking, fishing and exploring all that New Hampshire has to offer.
Phone: (603) 369-3213

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