John Clayton

John ClaytonThe Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade Committee is proud to announce that notable newspaper columnist turned health care communications ace, John Clayton, a Manchester native, has been named the Thomas J. King Award Honoree for the 2012 parade. The 17th annual parade will be held on Sunday, March 25, at noon.

The Thomas J. King Award is named for former Manchester police chief Tom King who founded the parade 17 years ago and recognizes an individual, who is either not of Irish heritage or not of Catholic faith, who has contributed to the betterment of Manchester or greater Manchester.

"To receive an award in the name of Tom King is an honor not just for me, but for my entire family, since Chief King and my father started walking a beat with the Manchester Police Department on the same day and they remained lifelong friends,” Clayton said.

Clayton is Vice President for Communications with the New Hampshire Hospital Association. For the previous 25 years, the Manchester native had been a reporter, photographer and feature columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader. In addition to numerous awards for sports writing, feature writing and investigative reporting, he was honored three times by the New England Associated Press with “Best Local Column” honors, and he also received an Emmy award for his work with New Hampshire Public Television, where he served as host of “New Hampshire Crossroads.”

"I spent many years covering the police beat during my time with the Union Leader, and even when it came to the most delicate, sensitive and confidential criminal cases, Chief King honored me with his trust. Now it's my turn to honor his memory.”

In 2007, when celebrating 25 years of broadcasting, New Hampshire Public Radio selected Clayton as one of the 25 most influential people in New Hampshire in the past quarter century. Meanwhile, for his many stories on behalf of veterans, the Catholic War Veterans of America presented him with its 2008 “National Media Americanism Award.”  In his free time, he has also written seven books about Manchester and New Hampshire including his latest, “Remembering Manchester.”

Past Honorees

Dr. Sylvio Dupuis
2011

Nancy Gati
2010

Ray Caron
2009

Reverend William Donoghue
2008

Rev. Msgr Thomas J. Hannigan
2007

Bobby Stephen
2006