John Clayton

Freelance Writer & Article Writer

Location:Pompano Beach, Florida, United States
2 Skills
John Clayton
241 North Street
Manchester, NH 03104


Boston University; Boston, Massachusetts
Master of Science degree in Public Relations, 1982

University of Wales; Cardiff, Wales (United Kingdom)
Rotary Foundation Journalism Fellowship, 1980-81

Northeastern University; Boston, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, 1976

Professional Experience

The Union Leader; Manchester, NH – Award-winning reporter, photographer and feature columnist for Union Leader, New Hampshire Sunday News.1984-Present.

New Hampshire Public Television, Durham, NH – Contributing writer, producer and host for “New Hampshire Crossroads”and related local programs. 1993-2000.

New Hampshire College, Manchester, NH – Associate Dean of College Relations with oversight in public relations, publications, admissions, financial aid and alumni affairs. Promoted from position as director of public relation and sports information. 1979-1984.

Memorial Hospital, Nashua, NH – Public Relations Associate charged with writing feature stories, press releases and creating fund-raising materials, including the hospital’s first quarterly newsletter. 1978-1979.

Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH – Served as Director of Continuing Education, with writing and English composition teaching duties. Promoted from position as publications director and admissions counselor. 1977-1978.


Catholic War Veterans of America “National Media Award,” 2008
NH Public Radio’s 25 Most Influential People in New Hampshire, 2007
Charter Member, Manchester (NH) High School West Hall of Fame, 2004
Best Local Column, New England Associated Press, 1998, 2000, 2004
Best Local Author, as chosen by readers of “New Hampshire” Magazine, 2002
Best Column, New Hampshire Press Association, 1997-2007
Writer of the Year, New Hampshire Press Association, 1997
Good Samaritan Award, Manchester Pastoral Counseling Services, 1996
Emmy Award, National Academy Television Arts & Sciences, 1995
Manchester Education Association Achievement Award, 1994
Golden Microphone Award, NH Association of Broadcasters, 1989, 1994

Related Experience

Master Class Instructor, New Hampshire Writer’s Project
Adjunct Faculty Member, Southern New Hampshire University
Spokesman, NH Education Association’s “Read Across America,” 2001
Spokesman, Saint Mary’s Bank 100th Anniversary Campaign, 2009
Author of seven books on Manchester and New Hampshire including:
“You Know You’re in New Hampshire When…” (Globe Pequot Press) and “Remembering Manchester” (The History Press)

Commencement/Graduation Addresses

Manchester Community College, 2010
Manchester Adult Learning Program, 1997
New Hampshire Institute of Art, 1996
White Pines College, 1995
New Hampshire Technical Institute at Manchester, 1994
University of New Hampshire at Manchester, 1994
Manchester High School Central, 1994

Major Freelance Articles

New Hampshire Home magazine – Lead feature writer for the architecture, design and lifestyle magazine published by Telegraph Publishing Company. 2008-Present.

U.S. Airways “Attache” magazine – Commissioned to write a 3,500-word story on Manchester and its environs for the in-flight magazine’s “City Profiles” feature. September, 2005

Saint Anselm College Alumni magazine – Feature story on five St. Anselm alumni who are running Manchester’s pre-eminent theater arts center. June, 2005.

New Hampshire Profiles magazine – Served as a regular feature writer for the monthly glossy lifestyle magazine. 1977-1980.

Christian Science Monitor – Front-page feature story on newly appointed Daniel Webster College President Louis D’Allesandro. April, 1977.

Special Television Appearances

CNN’s “American Morning” – Provided live local commentary and perspective for the 2008 Presidential Primary. February, 2008.

NBC-TV’s “Today Show” – Subject of a feature story based upon reader response to a column on former Red Sox great Duffy Lewis, which resulted in a headstone being placed on his previously unmarked grave. July, 2003.

FOX News – Offered historic context on the national nightly newscast regarding the 1957 anthrax outbreak at Manchester’s Arms Textile Plant. September, 2001.

Special Media Projects

“The People’s Bank” – Wrote and hosted a 20-minute documentary film on the 100-year history of St. Mary’s Bank, America’s first credit union. 2008.

“St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1905-2005” – Served as host of a two-hour film celebrating the Manchester house of worship. Produced by Backlot Films. 2005.

“New Hampshire On Ice” – Primary researcher and host of a 30-minute film on the history of hockey in New Hampshire. Produced by Backlot Films. 2003.

“Seacoast Sights and Sounds” – Wrote and hosted an hour-long fund-raising special on legends and lore surrounding New Hampshire’s seacoast. Produced by New Hampshire Public Television. 1998.

“A Sesquicentennial Celebration” – Wrote and hosted a 90-minute fund-raising special on the history of the city of Manchester and its most notable citizens. Produced by New Hampshire Public Television. 1996.


Available upon request.
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing