State House InDepthNH Launches Jan. 1 With Garry Rayno at the Helm

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Garry Rayno is's State House Bureau Chief.

By Nancy West,

CONCORD – is expanding its coverage of the State House and rolling out its first-in-the-nation presidential primary reporting with a few added surprises starting next month with veteran journalist Garry Rayno at the helm.

Called State House InDepthNH, the focus will also be the State House itself as it celebrates its 200th Anniversary in 2019, and including you – our readers –  in our reporting.

Rayno, who has 36 years of experience reporting under the State House’s gold dome, has just been named State House Bureau Chief for, New Hampshire’s only statewide online nonprofit news outlet.

“Watch out 2019. With Garry’s experience and talent, knocked it out of the park covering Northern Pass and he kept us abreast of school funding and other important matters. Now, he will lead our expanded coverage in Concord,” said Nancy West, founder of

Rayno will continue to write his weekly Distant Dome column, which is co-published by and Manchester Ink Link.

“We want to take a more in-depth look at the major issues facing New Hampshire today, and how the bills would affect people, and who attempts to influence lawmakers’ decisions,” Rayno said.

“Fewer and fewer reporters cover state government these days with many news companies struggling financially. As a nonprofit with experienced journalists, we want to use our expertise to help hold politicians accountable to the people who put them in Concord.”

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Our double your donation NewsMatch ends Dec. 31. Click here for more information. includes veteran journalists who know the back stories to the big stories of the day, but it is also important to bring you the stories that don’t make it to the front page anywhere else, too.

That’s where you – the reader – comes in. The reporters want you to help frame our coverage on issues that matter to you and need you to help ask the questions as volunteers in support of State House InDepthNH. The editor will be talking more about that in the coming days, but email if you are interested in volunteering.

West will also lend a hand covering the State House, along with Gail Ober, a well-known Lakes Region reporter with nearly two decades of journalism experience, having fought for the public’s right to know at daily and weekly newspapers in western Massachusetts and in New Hampshire.

Tony Marquis, a former editor at the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript and the Vermont Standard, will be in charge of State House special projects. And freelance writer Rachael Brown will make sure our focus includes Coos County and the rest of the state north of the notches.

The project will incorporate some video and audio with help from veteran freelance journalist Evan Lips who helped on its election coverage. Lips formerly reported for the New Haven Register and Lowell Sun.

The columnists and volunteers will keep an eye out for State House news as well.

State House InDepthNH will take a deeper look at important legislation and also focus on smaller stories that matter, too.

Expect a close examination into how the actions of your lawmakers and government officials impact your families, your neighborhoods, your schools and your daily life whether you live in Colebrook, Concord, Keene, Manchester, Laconia, Salem, Nashua or Portsmouth. Wherever.

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