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‘Valley News’ names new editor

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Published: 6/15/2021 4:51:40 PM
Modified: 6/15/2021 4:51:45 PM

WEST LEBANON — Matt Clary, a longtime member of the newsroom staff, has been named the next editor of the Valley News.

Publisher Dan McClory announced the news in a memo to employees on Tuesday.

“Matt has been a valuable member of the Valley News staff for the last 14 years. He has a passion for the newspaper and the Upper Valley that is contagious,” McClory said.

“I am excited and look forward to working with Matt in his new role. Our industry has and will continue to be faced with serious challenges. I am confident that with Matt’s leadership and our exceptional staff, we will continue the long-standing journalistic excellence that has defined the Valley News.”

Clary, 45, replaces Maggie Cassidy, who served as editor from December 2018 to early April before departing to become deputy managing editor of the online news site VtDigger in Montpelier.

Clary will be responsible for all news operations and will also serve as a member of the Valley News editorial board. His appointment takes effect July 4.

“For generations, the Valley News has played a central role in connecting, informing and entertaining readers on both sides of the Connecticut River. I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to build on that fine tradition, in print and online,” Clary said. “As the region emerges from the pandemic, our talented staff of writers and photographers looks forward to covering the people, news and events of the Upper Valley.”

Clary has worked at the Valley News since 2007 as a night news editor and staff writer. Before coming to the Valley News, he was the editor of the Eagle Times in Claremont for two years.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., Clary earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa and attended graduate school at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

He also spent two years as a high school teacher in St. Louis.

Since 2004, his wife, Melissa, has worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The couple live in West Lebanon with their three children. Away from work, Clary enjoys hiking with the family’s two mixed-breed dogs, swimming in lakes and rivers, and playing pickup hockey.

The Valley News, which was established in 1952 and is part of Newspapers of New England, has a paid print circulation of more than 10,500. Its website,, averages more than 1.1 million page views a month.

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