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2008 Reynolds Week fellow honored in New Hampshire

Denis Paiste, N.H. journalist

Denis Paiste accepts his award for coverage of the New Hampshire economy. Photo: Lorna Colquhoun, N.H. Division of Economic Development

Denis Paiste, a veteran reporter and editor for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News, has been given the Media Award from the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development.

Paiste, who has written stories about everything from telecommunications to the business of healthcare, attended the 2008 Reynolds Week Strictly Financials seminar.

Paiste was recognized for his coverage of the New Hampshire economy as a senior reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester, N.H. He is currently serving as science writer for the Materials Processing Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Christopher Way, N.H. Division of Economic Development Interim Director, described Paiste’s work as “thorough and fair.”

Paiste, who is on leave of absence from the paper, covered business and financial news, health care, technology and entrepreneurship for The New Hampshire Union Leader for 14 years. Paiste received a plaque citing him “for his consistent and exemplary coverage of the New Hampshire economy.”

Paiste has said that the Strictly Financials seminar helped him take his coverage deeper.

He used what he learned about SEC filings at the Reynolds Center event to report on Dell Inc.’s $1.4 billion cash acquisition of EqualLogic  and to cover the sale of Verizon’s landlines to FairPoint Communications of North Carolina.

For both stories Paiste said he scoured SEC filings to find key details to beef up his reports. For example, SEC filings revealed that Verizon and FairPoint Communications agreed to extend their sale contract since they were unable to receive the needed state approval in time.

“I feel like these items are just the tip of the iceberg of what can be uncovered by spending more time investigating SEC filings and I intend to do that, including applying the common size analysis and other financial tools I learned in “Strictly Financials” to enhance my reporting.”

With Paiste in the photo above are:  N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development Acting Commissioner Philip Bryce, left; N.H. Governor-elect Maggie Hassan; Media Award winner Denis Paiste; and Christopher Way, N.H. Division of Economic Development Interim Director.

About the Author

The Reynolds Center, created through generous grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas and operated by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is dedicated to improving the quality of business and economics coverage through training programs for business reporters and editors.

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