D. Maurice “Don” Kreis has joined the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism’s board of directors where he will help grow the state’s nonprofit news outlet into its fourth successful year.
The Center publishes the statewide daily news outlet InDepthNH.org online fulfilling its mission to increase unbiased investigative and enterprise news reporting at a time when 60 percent of news jobs have been lost in New Hampshire.
“We are excited to welcome Don to our board of directors because of his diverse talents and intellect, experience and enthusiasm, and dedication to real news that matters,” said Nancy West, the Center’s founder and executive director.
“We are expanding our board as we also expand our readership and fundraising capabilities. It’s a time of really fast growth for us and we need people like Don to help keep us on course,” West said.
Because of a generous grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Center is now able to build the support it needs while reporting on important issues in Coos County and the state.
“We need all hands on deck as we grow InDepthNH.org as the trusted, premiere news outlet New Hampshire needs and Don has the expertise to help us reach our goals,” West said. “We are also about to embark on NewsMatch 2018 starting Nov. 1 when all individual donations up to $1,000 will be 100 percent matched by the Knight Foundation and others through Dec. 31.”
Corporations and philanthropists can also provide matching grants of any amount up to $25,000 during that period.
Kreis will continue writing his popular column “Power to the People” as a public service. He has an uncanny ability to make complex public utility matters easy to understand and enjoyable to read about.
Kreis is New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate, leading the office that represents the interests of residential ratepayers before the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and elsewhere.
Prior to law school, Kreis spent a decade as a journalist with Associated Press and Maine Times.
Since then, he has served as general counsel of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission with stints as a professor at Vermont Law School and as a hearing officer at the Vermont Public Utility Commission.
Kreis joins Center board members Bob Charest, Gloria Norris, Robin Mulcahy, Gina Gilmore, Mary Michalchuk, and Anne Galloway.