The Los Alamos Daily Post is celebrating its 7-year anniversary today at its world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. The news team wants to take this opportunity to thank our many readers throughout the community, state, nation and world … it is a privilege to bring you the news each and every day! Photo by Erika Clark
Today marks another milestone in the history of the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper as it celebrates seven years of delivering local news at lightning speed.
Award-winning journalist Carol A. Clark launched the Los Alamos Daily Post at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 from her home in White Rock. Start-up team members Bonnie Gordon and Greg and Karen Kendall worked with Clark to build and populate the news site for weeks leading up to the launch. The Kendall’s and Gordon had day jobs, so the group gathered many long nights and weekends to get it all done.
Since its inception, the Post readership has steadily grown to include readers across the state, nation and in nearly 200 countries around the world. The Post Facebook page has grown to include more than 10,000 followers.
“One of the most fantastic aspects of this community is how it has developed a sense of ownership for the Post,” Clark said. “If they don’t see one of us at their events, people often take photos and send us write-ups and we love that … we also love our community members who contribute columns, photographs, stories and opinion pieces … they add an incredibly important element to the paper. I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our longtime columnists including David Izraelevitz, Fr. Glenn Jones, Liddie Martinez, John Bartlit, Sharon Snyder, Heather McClenahan, Andy Andrews, Suzette Fox, Alan McQuiston and Shelly Wiemann.”
Clark also expressed her appreciation to the local business community for its early and ongoing support of the paper.
“From our first day, many local business owners called me to purchase advertising and their continued support throughout these last seven years has allowed the Post to grow and prosper,” she said. “Today our news team includes Lifestyles Editor/Art Director Bonnie J. Gordon, County Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Social Media Editor Chris Clark, Sports Editor George Morse, Sports Photographer John McHale, Photographer Leland Lehman, Advertising Manager KayLinda Crawford and Distribution Coordinator Delbert Romero. Each and every one of them is a dedicated professional and a valued and important link in the paper’s success.”
“When people ask me why I spend so much time at work, I tell them, ‘This is what I do for fun!’ I love designing special sections and ads, taking photos and interviewing fascinating people … but most of all I love working with the brave band that staffs the Los Alamos Daily Post!” Gordon said.
Gordon worked with Clark, Laskey and McHale years ago at the Monitor and the four of them have maintained their longtime friendships.
“In every job I’ve worked, there’s always been a hope to form a tight camaraderie with my coworkers and in working at the Los Alamos Daily Post, I have found that bond. To work alongside great friends and produce a newspaper that people enjoy is more than I could ask for,” Laskey said.
As the Post celebrates its seven-year anniversary, many expressions of congratulations have poured into the newsroom including:
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham: “Congratulations to the Los Alamos Daily Post on celebrating their seventh anniversary of serving the people of New Mexico. Local journalism is vital to the health of our communities, and I am grateful to the Los Alamos Daily Post for their committed work.”
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason: “Happy Birthday! It’s great to have a vibrant local media that can tell the stories of our community. Whether it is spreading the word about how the Los Alamos community has helped ensure our nation’s security for over 75 years or highlighting all the people and places that make Los Alamos special, we at LANL appreciate the work the Daily Post’s staff has done over the past seven years.”
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver: “Congratulations on the Los Alamos Daily Post’s seven wonderful years of important and insightful journalism! Our democracy is complemented and strengthened by a free press and voters need news outlets like yours in order to make informed decisions about their civic life and elected leaders. And in this climate where attacks on the press have become far too commonplace, the quality local reporting you provide is needed now more than ever. Thank you for all you do and keep up the great work.”
New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard: “It goes without saying that Carol Clark has become family over the last seven years and her success with the Los Alamos Daily Post has meant so much for our town and state. From ensuring readers are informed at a local, state, and federal level to giving our community a place where their voice is welcomed, we all owe a great deal of gratitude to Carol, Lifestyles Editor Bonnie Gordon, County Reporter Kirsten Laskey and the rest of the amazing team. I commend the LADP on their anniversary and wish Carol decades more success.”
House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler: “Since the time that the Los Alamos Daily Post has been in existence, it has become not only the official newspaper of record for Los Alamos County, it has distinguished itself as the ‘go-to’ news source for all things Los Alamos. The Post has reason to be proud of the quality and objectivity of its reporting, as well as the service the Post provides to all of us who are interested in being well informed about our community.”
Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott: “Many congratulations on seven years of contributions to the community. The Los Alamos Daily Post is more than just a newspaper – it is a real-time forum for current events in the community. From important news, to opinions from our citizens, you do it all and I look forward to your continued success. Thanks to you and your staff for your hard work in creating and sustaining an important community resource.”
“We greatly appreciate all of the comments we have received from so many well-wishers and look forward to bringing our readers the important and interesting news of the day for many years to come,” Clark said.
- In 2014, the Small Business Development Center named the Los Alamos Daily Post “Small Business of the Year” for which the news team was recognized on the floor of the New Mexico Legislature and by the Los Alamos County Council.
- In 2015, the Post began publishing a paper version with 9,300 copies delivered each Thursday to every home and business in Los Alamos and White Rock.
- In 2016, the Post website surpassed a million monthly pageviews from around the world.
- In 2017, Los Alamos County awarded the Post its legal notices and advertising contract through 2023 and named the Post the Official Newspaper of Record in Los Alamos County.
- In 2018, the Post Facebook page surpassed 10,000 followers.
The Los Alamos Daily Post is a member of the National Newspaper Association, New Mexico Press Association and Online Newspaper Association.
The News Team thanks our many readers and advertisers for allowing us to do what we love:
Publisher/Editor Carol A. Clark
Lifestyles Editor/Art Director Bonnie J. Gordon
County Reporter Kirsten Laskey
Social Media Editor Chris Clark
Sports Photographer John McHale
Photographer Lelo Leland
Advertising Manager KayLinda Crawford
Distribution Coordinator Delbert Romero