Equipped with her laptop and camera, 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.
“I am very grateful to them for their extraordinary talents and their continued friendship. Bonnie joined the Post fulltime a year after we launched and has contributed immensely to its success,” Clark said. “And as we celebrate this latest milestone, our entire news team is taking this opportunity to express their appreciation to our loyal readers … we all consider it a privilege to share the news with you every day.”
Anniversary congratulations have been pouring in at the Post from community members and local, state and national officials:
Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess: “Congratulations on the Daily Post’s six-year anniversary! It has been great to watch your business grow into a resource that the whole community relies upon for accessible and up-to-date information. Keep up the good work and I hope to see you celebrate many more!”
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace Jr: “Congratulations to the Los Alamos Daily Post – 6 years serving our community! The Daily Post recognized the changes in the way the news was getting delivered and consumed, and the Daily Post has reached the community in a way that is both real-time and informative. Every town needs a Daily Post.”
UNM-LA CEO Cynthia J. Rooney: “Thank you and congratulations to Carol Clark and the staff of the Los Alamos Daily Post for their outstanding commitment to our community. What an example of entrepreneurship and service! Warren Buffet once stated, ‘There is no substitute for a local newspaper that is doing its job’. Happy 6th Anniversary!”
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall: “Congratulations to the Los Alamos Daily Post on another great year of work. Free press is a pillar of our democracy, and local papers are key to keeping people informed, holding public officials accountable, and reporting on the issues and stories that matter most to your community. Thank you to the Los Alamos Daily Post for playing this vital role.”
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich: “For the last six years, the Los Alamos Daily Post has been a central part of the community and a thriving small business meaningfully covering local issues from city government and education to the work at LANL. I congratulate the Los Alamos Daily Post on the work they do every day to promote journalism and community engagement in New Mexico.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce: “The Los Alamos Daily Post plays an integral role in keeping the community connected and informed. Their dedication to uniting people and neighborhoods together helps make New Mexico a stronger state. I congratulate them on reaching their 6-year milestone and look forward to seeing what all they’ll accomplish in the years to come.”
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján: “Congratulations to the Los Alamos Daily Post as you celebrate your sixth anniversary! Local newspapers like the Los Alamos Daily Post are the clarion call of democracy. In America, governmental power flows up from the people in our local towns, cities and counties — that’s where democracy happens. A free and active press is essential to that democracy. That’s why this milestone is important not just to Los Alamos but is important to us all. To everyone at the Los Alamos Daily Post, congratulations, and I look forward to many more years of great reporting!”
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham: “Congratulations on six successful years! It is wonderful to see the Los Alamos Daily Post grow to become the official newspaper of record for Los Alamos. Democracy doesn’t work without a strong free press. We can’t have an informed public without one. Now, more than ever, we need independent news outlets to report objective facts, so we can make up our own minds about current events and our public officials. Local newspapers, like the Los Alamos Daily Post, are a crucial part of the media landscape. They are often the only outlets reporting on the events that matter most in people’s lives, from local crime reports to high school football games. Without strong local reporting, we wouldn’t have the information we need to hold our local elected leaders accountable and to mobilize for change in our communities when we need to. Thank you for shining a light on Los Alamos and New Mexico for the last six years.”
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas: “Transparency in government is critical to preventing waste, fraud and abuse, and I’m thankful for the work the Los Alamos Daily Post is doing to shine a light on all levels of government in Los Alamos and across the state.”
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard: “Carol and the Los Alamos Daily Post have transformed the model of journalism in Los Alamos and across the state. Congratulations to Carol, Bonnie and the whole crew at the Daily Post for six amazing years! We hope for many more.”
Clark thanked all the well-wishers. She 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 six years has allowed the Post to grow and prosper,” she said. “Today our news team includes Art Director/Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon, Social Media Editor Chris Clark, Government Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Public Safety Reporter Maire O’Neill, Sports Editor R.J. Montaño and Sports Photographer John McHale. Each and every one of them is a dedicated professional and a valued and important link in the paper’s success.”
One of the most surprising and fantastic aspects of the Post is how the community has embraced it and developed a sense of ownership for it, she said.
“If they don’t see one of us at their events they often take photos and send us write-ups and we love that,” Clark said. “We also love our community members who contribute columns, photographs, stories and opinion pieces … they add an incredibly important element to the paper.”
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. Clark said the recognition was a great honor and shined a positive spotlight on Los Alamos at the state level.
In 2015, the Post began publishing a paper version with 9,300 copies printed each Thursday and delivered to every home and business in Los Alamos and White Rock.
In 2016, the Post website achieved a million monthly pageviews from around the world. The Post Facebook page now logs 8,500 followers and continues to grow each week.
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.
The Los Alamos Daily Post is a member of the National Newspaper Association, New Mexico Press Association and Online Newspaper Association. It is now read in every state in the nation and 129 countries around the world.