The Addison Independent was founded in 1946 with the closing of the Middlebury Register. The AI has always been a family-owned independent newspaper. Current publisher/editor Angelo Lynn has been at the helm for more than 20 years.

The Addison Independent is as much a part of the local community as many of the institutions covered on the front page.

Being a community newspaper means that the AI’s award-winning editorial staff covers local events in a way that’s different from a large metropolitan or regional daily. The aim is to tell readers about their friends and neighbors and about events in local government, schools, sports and business that affect how readers live. The AI also provides readers everything they need to know about local entertainment and events.

The editorial staff is wholly separate from the newspaper’s advertising staff, who are responsible for selling space both for display ads and classifieds.

News is printed at no charge, while advertising is bought and sold; the only way to guarantee space in the paper is through paid advertising.

In addition to the editorial and advertising staffs, the Addison Independent employs graphic designers, circulation people, receptionists, and accounting personnel – all of whom contribute to the day-to-day workings of the paper.

2023 New England Newspaper & Press Association Awards


First Place

  • Classified Ad Promotion
  • Best Contest
  • Excellence in Revenue Collaboration and Partnership
  • Health Ad
  • Advertiser Campaign
  • Themed Multiple Advertiser Pages


Second Place

  • Best Ad Designer: Sarah Pope
  • Advertising Sales Media Kit


Third Place

  • Best Ad Designer: Elsie Parini
  • Special Section Advertising
  • Local Online Ad
  • Real Estate Display


News & Photography

First Place


Second Place 

  • Sports Action Photo
  • Overall Design for a Supplement
  • Arts & Entertainment Reporting


Third Place

  • Solutions Journalism
  • Humor Columnist
  • Climate and Weather Reporting
  • Serious Columnist
  • Sports Feature Photo


General Excellence: First among the largest (5,000 circulation and higher) non-daily newspapers in New England. 


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