Staff & Contributors

Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm

Executive Director

Micaela's Bio

Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm is the Executive Director of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, which operates The Maine Monitor.

Micaela joined MCPIR/The Maine Monitor after retiring as a Senior Foreign Service officer. Micaela represented the United States around the world for 26 years, leading U.S. diplomatic teams, and advancing U.S. principles of democratic governance, most importantly, the importance of a free and vibrant press.

Micaela spent most of her career in the Middle East and Southeast Europe and served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, North Macedonia, and at the U.S. embassies in Zagreb, Cairo, Baghdad, Tunis and Kathmandu and at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, where she led the Public Affairs Section and was the Consulate Spokesperson for four years.

Micaela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from the National War College. A native of southern New England, Micaela, her husband Todd, and three children have called Maine home since 2017. When not avidly devouring news reporting, you might find her and her family sailing in Penobscot Bay, hitting the ski slopes across Maine, or hiking new paths with their two rescue dogs.

She can be reached at micaela@themainemonitor.org.

David Dahl

Editor

David's Bio

Veteran journalist David Dahl serves as the editor of The Maine Monitor, overseeing its daily operations.

David was most recently a deputy managing editor at the Boston Globe, where he had responsibility for front-page stories, was involved in strategic planning and personnel matters and was part of a team that repositioned the Globe for its digital future. He had previously served as the paper’s political editor, supervising coverage of state politics, and as the regional editor, overseeing a network of hyperlocal news sites.

Before joining the Globe, David worked for 20 years at the St. Petersburg Times, including several years as its Washington bureau chief. He was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University and a fellow at the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University. He has also been an adjunct professor of journalism at Emerson College, Boston College and Boston University.

David and his wife, Kathy, enjoy tennis and kayaking at their home in Friendship. They have two adult children.

David can be reached at david@themainemonitor.org.

Samantha Hogan

Beat: Government Accountability

Samantha's Bio

Samantha Hogan focuses on government accountability projects for The Maine Monitor. Samantha joined The Maine Monitor as its first full-time reporter in 2019 with Report for America.

She spent 2020 reporting exclusively on Maine’s court system through the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

Samantha was named the 2021 Maine’s Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association.

Samantha previously worked for The Frederick News-Post, covering state politics, agriculture, the environment and energy, and interned twice for The Washington Post.

She can be contacted at samantha@themainemonitor.org.

Rose Lundy

Beat: Public Health and COVID-19

Rose's Bio

Rose Lundy covers the coronavirus and public health in Maine. She is a 2020 Report for America corps member.

Lundy previously covered politics and local government for three years at The Daily News in southwest Washington. She grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Wisconsin.

Rose can be reached at rose@themainemonitor.org.

Kate Cough

Beat: Energy and Environment

Kate's Bio

Kate Cough covers energy and the environment as a 2021 Report for America corps member. She was previously a reporter for The Ellsworth American before becoming the inaugural digital media strategist for The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander.

Kate graduated with honors from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Magna Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College.

She can be reached at kate@themainemonitor.org.

Barbara Walsh

Contributing Writer

Barbara's Bio

Barbara is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers in Ireland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida.

While working at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, Walsh reported on first-degree killer William Horton Jr. and Massachusetts’ flawed prison-furlough system. The series changed in-state sentencing laws and won a 1988 Pulitzer Prize. During her career at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Barbara wrote in-depth series on several social issues in Maine. Many of her stories changed laws and earned national, state and regional awards.

Barbara is also the author of an adult biography/memoir, August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm, and Sammy in the Sky, a children’s book illustrated by Jamie Wyeth.

She lives with her two daughters, husband and a Tennessee Coonhound on a lake in Maine.

Marina Schauffler

Contributing Columnist

Marina's Bio

Marina Schauffler is a writer and editor who explores the complex interconnections between ecology and culture. Since 2014, she has written the column “Sea Change” about the challenges of living sustainably in Maine. She holds a Ph.D. in natural resources and a master’s in creative nonfiction writing. 

Gordon Weil

Contributing Columnist

Gordon's Bio

Gordon L. Weil has been active in politics, journalism, publishing and energy consulting. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he has a master’s degree from the College of Europe (Belgium), and a Ph.D. from Columbia. He is an Army veteran.

He was a top aide to U.S. Sen. George McGovern during his run for president. In Maine, he served as Commissioner of Business Regulation, Director of the Office of Energy Resources and the state’s first Public Advocate.  He was a Harpswell selectman. He led the negotiations that created the unified New England power grid and chaired the national organization of state energy agencies.

He reported for the Washington Post, Newsweek, London’s Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and WNET (New York). His weekly commentary has appeared in Maine newspapers since 2008. He has written or edited 16 books or collections ranging from the biography of Sears, Roebuck to the three-volume U.S. Supreme Court original jurisdiction decisions. His company, sold in 2005, was the largest publisher of state government regulatory codes.

 

Ellie Wolfe

Investigative Reporting Intern

Ellie's Bio
Ellie Wolfe is a rising senior at Bates College, where she studies history and Spanish. She currently serves as the Editor in Chief of the Bates Student and last summer was a reporting intern at the Lewiston Sun Journal.
 
Originally from Northampton, Massachusetts, Ellie has experience covering both news and sports stories. She can be reached at ellie@themainemonitor.org.

George Harvey

Multimedia Editor

George's Bio

George Harvey is the Multimedia Editor for The Maine Monitor. He joined the staff as a production assistant in February 2021 and was promoted three months later.

He oversees digital and newsletter production, coordinates social media content and shares the work of The Maine Monitor’s staff writers and contributors with media partners around the state.

George has freelanced and contributed stories to publications in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas and Maine. He previously worked in athletics administration, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University.

He can be reached at george@themainemonitor.org.

Hal Madsen

Contributing Editor

Hal's Bio

Hal Madsen has been a journalist for 50 years, including 44 with the Portland Press Herald, where he won state and regional awards for writing and editing. He also spent six years at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he was assistant sports editor and covered Triple-A baseball, as well as the heydays of championship boxing and UNLV basketball. Madsen and his wife, Sheila, live in Portland.

Roger McCord

Contributing Videographer

Roger's Bio

Roger McCord has had a wide-ranging career in journalism, spanning the gamut from writing/reporting to daily news photography to working on various news desks as an editor. The most recent incarnation is in video production – usually brief features and mini-documentaries in and about Maine.

Tori Lyn

Podcast Host

Tori's Bio

Tori Lyn is a podcast host for The Maine Monitor. Tori works in racial equity and economic development for a local government agency, and is a community advocate for her neighborhood of Portland. She also works as a community facilitator with Integrative Inquiry, helping organizations navigate discussions of equity and inclusion within the workplace. Tori was recently elected to the Portland City Council. Tori can be reached at victorialyn12@gmail.com.

Carly Peruccio

Podcast Producer

Carly's Bio

Carly Peruccio is an audio producer for The Maine Monitor. She is the Teaching Assistant for the Radio and Podcasting track at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at MECA, where she edits students’ stories. She also works at the Portland Public Library in Teen Services. Carly is a graduate of Bates College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She can be reached at carly@themainemonitor.org.

Garrick Hoffman

Podcast Host and Photographer

Garrick's Bio

A Maine native, Garrick has been doing photography professionally since 2017, beginning his career in photojournalism for a variety of southern Maine weeklies. He has since branched out in landscapes, portraits, professional headshots, products, events, and behind-the-scenes photography.

In 2021 he won his first award for photography: Third Place in the 2021 Appalachian Mountain Club Photo Contest for his photo, “Ice Fisherman by Shawnee Peak.” A year later, he won First Place in the Outdoors Close to Home category of the same photo contest for his photo, “Coastal Mood.”

In addition to photography, Garrick is also a writer, graphic artist, and podcast host who enjoys playing drums for his church, long bike rides and hikes, and experiencing the wealth of natural beauty of Maine and beyond.

Follow him on Instagram by clicking here and here, as well as on Facebook. For canvas and framed prints of Maine-based landscapes, visit his website.

Fred J. Field

Contributing Photographer

Fred's Bio

Fred J. Field is a photojournalist who has completed more than 15,000 newspaper and magazine assignments. He has been a staff photographer at newspapers in Maine and Massachusetts, becoming photo director at two of them.

He has done long term projects (greater than one year) for Harvard, Boston College and Bowdoin and has taught photojournalism at the University of Southern Maine for 18 years. Fred is the author of Maine Places, Maine Faces, a photojournalistic tribute to Maine and her proud people. He has earned state, regional and national awards for his photojournalism.

Christina Leonard

Social Media & Outreach Intern

Christina's Bio

Christina Leonard is a rising senior at Bates College, double majoring in Psychology and Rhetoric. She is the Executive Managing Editor of The Bates Student. Prior to that, Christina held the role of Digital Editor at The Student for the past three years where she led a complete overhaul of the paper’s digital presence. She was raised in London, England.