John Harrigan Inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame

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New England Newspaper Hall of Fame Inductees Carol Young, retired from the Providence Journal, John Harrigan and Julia Wells of the Vineyard Gazette.

Wayne D. King talks with newsman John D. Harrigan, who was recently inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.

By Wayne D. King, NH Secrets, Legends and Lore

John Harrigan of Colebrook has received many honors in his storied 52-year career in journalism.

In 2020 he has added one more as the New England Newspaper and Press Association named him to their New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.

The Association calls him the quintessential newsman and honored Harrigan at the Hall of Fame dinner at the Boston Renaissance Waterfront Hotel on Feb. 7.

His column “Woods, Water and Wildlife” ran for 37 years, one of the longest-running columns in the state of New Hampshire. He still writes “North Country Notebook” for the dozen papers in the Meredith-based Salmon Press group and contributes “View from Above the Notches” for

John Harrigan in the New Hampshire Sunday News section of the Union Leader newsroom in Manchester, sometime during the mid-1970s, working away. Pete Harrigan photo

In this Episode of the New Hampshire Secrets, Legends & Lore podcast, John reflects on the long arc of his career including its beginnings at the Nashua Telegraph and the New Hampshire Sunday News, the tragedy of the mass shootings in Colebrook, by Carl Drega in 1997, that took the lives of four close friends, including the editor of one of his newspapers.

John himself was only spared because he had been called, at the last minute, to fill in for an employee who had to leave his Lancaster paper – The Coos County Democrat – due to the death of her father.

Finally, he recalls a glorious day at Fenway Park with Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey watching the 1967 World Series between the Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.

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