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December 19, 2000

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Chief Justice David A. Brock announced today that Laura Kiernan of Concord, a veteran newspaper and broadcast journalist, will become the first public information officer for the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Kiernan assumes her duties on January 2, 2001.

"Laura is highly respected for her judgment and fairness as a journalist," Brock said. "Her experience with the media and knowledge of the judiciary will help us communicate with the public about the court’s work, which we are anxious to do."

In addition to working with the media, Kiernan will develop community outreach and education programs to help increase public awareness of the court system. Kiernan holds a Master of Studies in Law from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Before moving to New Hampshire with her family in 1984, Kiernan was a staff reporter at The Washington Post, where she covered both the trial and appellate courts in the District of Columbia and wrote about the legal profession. Her assignments included writing about court decisions and covering major trials, among them the prosecution of John Hinckley for the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.

Kiernan taught English for a year at the University of New Hampshire and was correspondent for The Post in New England before joining the staff of The Boston Globe, covering New Hampshire. She was the host of the award winning interview show "Perspectives" on New Hampshire Public Radio, has been a regular commentator on New Hampshire Public Television and worked as a television reporter for New England Cable News. Until recently, her column, "New Hampshire Political Diary" appeared weekly in the New Hampshire section of The Globe.

Kiernan lives in Concord, with her husband, attorney Peter G. Beeson, and their sons, Nicholas, 17, and Michael, 15, both students at Concord High School.