‘Monitor’ Publisher Departs for Startup

Concord — Mark Travis, publisher and executive editor of the Concord Monitor, is leaving the newspaper for a job with a startup Internet company in White River Junction.

The Monitor is searching for Travis’ replacement, said Aaron Julien, president of Newspapers of New England Inc., the parent company of the Monitor. Meanwhile, Mike Pride, former editor of the Monitor, will lead the newsroom.

Steve Leone, editor of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript of Peterborough, N.H., which is also owned by Newspapers of New England, will work as city editor. David Sangiorgio, general manager of the Monitor, will handle the day-to-day business of the newspaper, which includes a large commercial printing and distribution business.

Travis, 56, of Canterbury, N.H., first worked full time at the Monitor as a reporter in 1986.

He rose in editing jobs in the editorial department, directed online operations, was circulation director and was also director of product development at the Monitor, a role in which he helped create the Concord Insider.

He was also co-publisher of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript and publisher of the Valley News from 2008 to 2012 before returning to the Monitor as publisher.

The company Travis is joining has been working with Newspapers of New England for about six months, exploring new ways to deliver news over the Internet.

“When Mark became publisher I said, ‘Mark is one of the most inventive minds in journalism.’ He is, and although we’ll all miss him, I’m really happy for him and, as a bonus, we get to keep working with him in his new job,” Julien said.