The New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism welcomes two new board members — Gloria Norris and Marco Mulcahy, both of whom have deep roots in New Hampshire and passion for a free press.
Norris is the acclaimed author of the New Hampshire-set true crime memoir, KooKooLand. Chosen by NPR as one of the best books of 2016, and called “electrifying” by Oprah’s magazine, KooKooLand is a gripping and inspiring tale of survival.
Raised in the Elmwood Gardens housing project in Manchester, the daughter of a petty criminal father and an abused mother, Norris ended up graduating from Sarah Lawrence College and having a successful career in the film business.
Norris said she strongly believes in the importance of a free press and, to that end, “supports the vital and stellar reporting of InDepthNH.org.”
“I’d be more than happy to lend my name to InDepthNH as a member of your board to show my whole-hearted support of the great work you’re doing,” Norris said.
Norris has worked for famed directors Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen and has written screenplays for most of the major studios, with assignments that have taken her from Paris to the Amazon.
She has also produced films that have premiered at major film festivals, including at Robert Redford’s Sundance Festival and Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Festival.
A film she co-wrote and produced, The Moment, starring Academy-Award-nominated actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, explores the risks journalists face covering war zones by highlighting the struggles of a war photographer suffering from PTSD.
Marco Mulcahy is an accomplished journalist and former journalism professor who has worked as a journalist or professor in many countries – on every continent but Antarctica.
Mulcahy is currently living in London with his wife, writing a book titled “Somewhere on the Planet .. Looking for Something Free,” and volunteering for a British NGO, MediaTrust.
He will serve on the board with a focus on establishing a connection between London and New Hampshire journalism programs. Under Mulcahy’s leadership, the Center is planning to train the next generation of journalists.
The New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism is a nonprofit news website that publishes InDepthNH.org to report news that matters in New Hampshire. With a generous grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the website covers issues that are important to the Coos County area. And raises money from donors and advertisers to cover the whole state. The private, nonprofit center relies, too, on volunteer help from people who want to build the future of news in New Hampshire.
“This is a pivotal time in our growth at the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism,” said Nancy West, founder and executive editor. “With Gloria and Marco on our board, we will be able to expand our work and fulfill our mission to hold government accountable while giving voice to marginalized people, places and ideas. These are exciting times.”
Mulcahy established his reporting chops at the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester, N.H., and several Massachusetts newspapers before venturing to Japan, where he was Okinawa Bureau Chief of and later became assistant news editor for Pacific Stars & Stripes in Tokyo.
He returned to the United States to briefly work as a copy editor at The Providence Journal before becoming city editor at the Fall River (Mass.) Herald-News and the Cape Cod Times, where he helped the staff attain the title of New England Newspaper of the Year for three of the four years he was city editor.
Mulcahy then turned his sights on academia, attaining a master’s degree in international journalism from the University of Missouri while teaching editing and reporting at the college. He went on to teach journalism at major universities in Bulgaria, Brazil, Romania and Mozambique. In 2005, he returned to the U.S. to become supervising editor and digital news producer at The Associated Press headquarters in New York before leaving there in 2014.
He is the recipient of several news writing awards, including first place honors for General News Writing and Spot News Writing by NEAPNEA. His work has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He served as a Knight Fellow in 2002 and 2004 and was one of 12 fellows on an International Reporting Project gatekeepers trip to Brazil in 2001, sponsored by the Pew Foundation.
Norris and Mulcahy join our founding board members Robin Mulcahy, founder of the Adorable Ones children clothing line, of Cape Neddick, Maine; author Robert Charest of Epsom; Gina Gilmore, chief financial officer of GlobaFone of Portsmouth; Mary Michalchuck, retired of Barrington; and Anne Galloway, founder and executive director of VTDigger in Montpelier, Vt.