Nashua Telegraph closes its statehouse bureau and lays off a veteran reporter

The Nashua (NH) Telegraph is closing its statehouse bureau, which means veteran reporter Kevin Landrigan is out of a job. He’s been with the Ogden-owned paper since the 1980s.

The Pew Research Center and AJR reported last month that newspapers lost a total of 164 full-time statehouse reporters between 2003 and 2014.

The Telegraph editor’s memo:

From Phil Kincade
Date: 08/11/2014 9:58 AM (GMT-05:00)

I deeply regret to announce, that as part of the recent newsroom staff adjustments, we will be closing our statehouse bureau Friday. The decision was an extremely difficult one to make, not just because of the hole it creates in our news coverage, but because it also means saying goodbye to one of The Telegraph’s most loyal, hard working and respected employees.

This is the end of newsroom staff reductions. There are no other shoes to drop. As always, I’m available to talk to anyone at anytime to discuss your concerns.

Kevin will be in Hudson Friday afternoon as we are planning a company wide get together to thank him for his decades of unparalleled service.

* Earlier: The precipitous decline of state political coverage (