In celebration of Dover's 400th anniversary in 2023, the Dover 400th Anniversary Committee's ongoing "Voices of Dover" oral history video series continues this week with Patty Foster. The interview covers the multi-generational history of Patty Foster's family's ownership of the Foster's Daily Democrat newspaper and her father Robert Foster's work to transform it from a struggling 400-circulation newspaper in the 1940s into a prominent 30,000-circulation regional news leader by the 1970s. Patty discusses key figures in her family who shaped the newspaper over 150 years, from founder Joshua Foster's narrow escape from an angry mob in 1873 to her grandfather Fred Foster's stewardship through the Great Depression. She also details how her father expanded the paper by investing in advanced offset printing press technology and high-quality editorial staff like Rod Doherty. The interview captures critical memories of a changing community as well as optimism on maintaining community dialogue and quality journalism into the future.
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