“John and his generation saw it as their duty to uphold and represent that image of New Hampshire to the nation,” Dante Scala, a political scientist at the University of New Hampshire, stated in an e-mail. Mr. DiStaso handled all candidates alike, he stated, whether or not they had been incumbent presidents or enterprise executives with no political expertise.
Either means, Senator Maggie Hassan, Democrat of New Hampshire, stated in a press release that she entered into the Congressional Record, “he took seriously his role of bringing political news directly to the voters.”
“Politics,” she stated, “wasn’t a game to him.”
John Joseph DiStaso was born on Feb. 18, 1954, in Paterson, N.J., the place he grew up. His father, Joseph, was a carpet layer. His mom, Helen (Walton) DiStaso, was a financial institution teller.
He studied English literature at Villanova University, graduating in 1975. He earned a grasp’s diploma in communications at William Paterson College (now University) in Wayne, N.J., in 1979.
While at Villanova, he met Diane Randazza by way of her brother. Mr. DiStaso and Ms. Randazza married in 1979.
He started his New Hampshire journalism profession because the seacoast-area correspondent for the Union Leader. He grew to become a workers reporter in 1980 and stayed till 2014, when the Union Leader hit rocky monetary occasions. He then stunned the political world by changing into the information editor at New Hampshire Journal, a moribund political web site owned by Republican operatives, who employed him to convey credibility to their enterprise. He left a 12 months later for WMUR.
In addition to his spouse, Mr. DiStaso is survived by their sons, Dante and Nicholas, and his sister, Doris DiStaso. He lived in New Boston, N.H.