Award-winning journalist Courtney Lamdin is joining the Seven Days news team as a reporter covering the city of Burlington. The native Vermonter has been working at local newspapers since she graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Saint Michael’s College in 2009. She grew a cub reporting gig at the Milton Independent into a six-year stint as editor of the community weekly, then served as executive editor of that publication, plus the Colchester Sun and the Essex Reporter, for three more years. She is currently news editor of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus.
On Monday, the national trade publication Editor & Publisher featured Lamdin in its “25 Under 35” list of next-generation newspaper leaders.
“We’ve been impressed by Courtney for a long time — and watched her win regional journalism awards for stories such as the horrific hazing scandal at Milton High School,” said publisher and coeditor Paula Routly. In January, her paper beat out Seven Days and snagged a first-place in investigative journalism from the New England Newspaper and Press Association for an exposé about the embezzling director of a youth football program.
“Courtney has done great work with limited resources,” Routly added. “She’s committed to practicing journalism in Vermont.”
Now Lamdin, who lives in Winooski, is ready to get back to writing. “After eight years as an editor, I’m ready to return to my roots and join the solid reporting team at Seven Days,” she said. Lamdin’s beat, covering Burlington City Hall and other Queen City issues, starts Monday, April 15.
About Seven Days
Da Capo Publishing Inc., dba Seven Days, was founded by Pamela Polston and Paula Routly in 1995, and is now owned by Polston and Routly, as well as deputy publisher Cathy Resmer and associate publishers Don Eggert and Colby Roberts. In addition to its seven free publications, the company also produces several annual events, the Stuck in Vermont video series and hosts a ticketing website, job board and dating service. Its award-winning staff has been recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Parenting Media Association, the New England Newspaper and Press Association and the Vermont Press Association.
Seven Days has been named Business of the Year by both the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Business Association. In 2013, Editor & Publisher selected Seven Days for inclusion in its annual feature, “10 Newspapers That Do It Right.” In 2015, Polston and Routly were inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame. The same honor was bestowed on Seven Days’ consulting editor, Candace Page, in 2017.