Help launch East Bay Exclusive!

East Bay Media Group is launching a new project — East Bay Exclusive — to bring you more in-depth, insightful and investigative journalism. This new team will look for stories that impact quality of life, public spending, education and the environment, throughout this remarkable region. 

We are hoping to raise $50,000 by the end of 2021, so we can launch in 2022. All of the money  will be used to recruit and staff the new  investigative team. We will also listen to readers, and you can help shape the stories we pursue — all ideas are welcome. If you believe in the mission, please consider supporting our efforts.

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The Latest News

A case of bovine intervention in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Austin, a tall teenager sporting a mustache and long curly hair that his Batman cap can barely contain, holds a bucket containing a special blend of feed and molasses and …
Portsmouth knocked out of D-I playoffs by Skippers, 30-10
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High football team’s quest for a Division I state championship came to an end Saturday at the hands … Read More
Portsmouth Police charge three with driving under the influence
PORTSOUTH — Here are some recent highlights from the Portsmouth Police report: Wednesday, Nov. 17 Ivan Uritis, 31, of 5 … Read More
Gobble, gobble … gulp! Anxiety about turkey prices and inventory
Turkey is the enduring symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday for many families across America, yet there may be nothing traditional about … Read More
Planners vote down large Portsmouth solar facility
A major large-scale solar array proposed for the corner of Union Street and West Main Road was stopped dead in its tracks by the … Read More
In Portsmouth: Coverings of kindness
PORTSMOUTH — Young cancer patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital will soon be a little warmer at night, thanks to members of … Read More
Portsmouth resident receives prestigious U.S. Polo award
PORTSMOUTH — As the country prepared to celebrate Veterans Day, the Armed Forces Committee of the United States Polo Association … Read More
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Madison A. Bailey Jr., 84, Portsmouth Madison A. Bailey Jr., 84, of Bath, N.H., formerly of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. Madison, known to many of his friends as Beetle, was born on Dec. 23, 1936 in Concord, …
Robert E. “Whitey” Tavares, 74, of Portsmouth Robert E. “Whitey” Tavares, 74, of Portsmouth passed away in Newport on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Deborah (Patterson) Tavares for the last 51 years. Born in …
Dorothy Ann “Dotti” Garman, 80, Portsmouth Dorothy Ann (George) Garman died unexpectedly on Oct. 23, 2021 at Newport Hospital at the age of 80. A resident of Portsmouth from 1965 until her death, she was the wife of James E. Garman. Born …
Trending Stories
Portsmouth advances to D-1 semis with win over Cumberland PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Patriots will have a chance to avenge their last-second loss to North Kingstown in the regular season when they face the Skippers in the Division I semifinals …
Portsmouth girls place 10th, boys 13th in state meet PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High cross-country teams performed admirably at the state championship meet on Saturday, with the girls taking 10th place and the boys coming in 13th. The …
Portsmouth sets sights on Cumberland in D-I football PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High varsity football team advanced to the second round of the Division I playoffs after making easy work of Shea in the opener at home last Friday. The …
Portsmouth falls to Mt. Hope in D-2 tennis semifinals, 4-2 BRISTOL — Despite a 16-2 record and earning the No. 1 seed in the Division II playoffs, Portsmouth High’s girls’ tennis team was knocked from the state tournament Friday when …
Letter: National Grid’s biggest problem is credibility

To the editor: Kudos to the Middletown Town Council for telling it like it is regarding National Grid and Old Mill Lane.  Well over 25 years ago, the gas company held a public dog and pony …

Commentary: We must honor commitment to cut transportation pollution

In the decade-plus since the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) was first developed under the Carcieri administration, there has been growing, bipartisan consensus that we must end our …

Letter: Vaccine skepticism 'increasingly untenable'

To the editor: In 1919 the Volstead Act was passed, which was a nationwide mandate to make the manufacture and sale of alcohol illegal. It failed, and was repealed. We still, nonetheless, have …

Letter: Thanks to the Portsmouth voters for supporting school bond

To the editor: On behalf of the School Committee and the entire Portsmouth School Department, we are writing to express our gratitude to the residents of Portsmouth for your approval of the school …

Letter: Veterans can still lead us and lift us

Today is profound. It is the first Veterans Day post-Afghanistan, the longest sustained conflict in U.S. history. The aftermath bears an eerie similarity to that of our second longest, the war in …

Letter: Greed is the root of many modern problems

To the editor: Remember when - it was only a few years ago - that Boston’s parking lots near Fenway Park were gouging fans with ridiculously astronomical parking fees. Why would someone …

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Meet our staff
Jim McGaw

A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.