By PAULA TRACY, InDepthNH.org
CONCORD – Catherine McLaughlin of Gilford will be working this summer to help bring you the news from the State House.
McLaughlin is a rising senior at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. where she is studying political science.
As the legislative season resumes under the unprecedented circumstances posed by the pandemic, McLaughlin will be serving as an intern for the nonprofit New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism and its daily online publication, InDepthNH.org, to help gather and report trusted news that matters.
InDepthNH also provides a news service to more than eight other publications across the state, both in print and online. One of our missions is to train the next generation of journalists.
A native of the Lakes Region, McLaughlin graduated from the Holderness School and was active in the student paper at Boston College before transferring to Middlebury as a sophomore.
“We chose McLaughlin as this summer’s intern because of her commitment to robust, trusted news as the backbone of democracy,” said Nancy West, founder and executive editor of the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism.
“It was her own words on her application that really grabbed us, ‘I believe that ethical, vigorous, quality local and statewide news remains a central component of a modern media diet and a responsible political culture,’ McLaughlin wrote.”
She will be shadowing InDepthNH’s Senior Reporter Paula Tracy as the legislature resumes its work in person and for some committee meetings which are meeting now remotely.
This week will be busy for both Tracy and McLaughlin with the Executive Council meeting virtually on June 10, the House in session in Durham at the Whittemore Center on June 11 and the Senate convening for the first time since March at the State House in Representatives Hall on June 16.
McLaughlin said she is excited to learn more about the political process in her home state of New Hampshire and is particularly interested in voting rights issues, access, and information related to the upcoming election along with political news.
Please welcome “Cat,” as she is known, to our team.