News Team


Executive Director

Eric's Bio

Eric Conrad worked as an editor and reporter, at news organizations from Florida to Maine, for 30 years. He joined The Maine Monitor in July 2021.

Eric served as executive editor of daily newspapers and websites in Augusta and Waterville, Maine, and in Danbury, Conn. He previously was the managing editor, sports editor and city editor of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

As a reporter, he covered the Pennsylvania state Capitol in Harrisburg, and the business of sports and consumer affairs beats in South Florida. Eric and the teams he’s led have won many national, regional and state awards.

He is a founding member of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition and a past president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors.

Most recently, Eric served as communications director for the Maine Municipal Association.

He lives with his wife, youngest daughter and their Sato dog, Paco, in southern Maine. Their oldest daughter is a CPA in Colorado.

Eric likes to run with Paco, fish, golf, drive his vintage Buick Park Avenue – and do journalism that opens eyes and makes a difference.

He can be reached at

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 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


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

Andrew Howard

Beat: State Government and Politics

Andrew's Bio

Andrew Howard covers state government and politics as a 2021 Report for America corps member.

Howard previously covered politics in Arizona as an intern at two local newspapers. Howard is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he wrote his honors thesis on the future of nonprofit news websites and was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper.

Andrew can be reached at


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


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 L.

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.


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.

Tim Clemens

Contributing Editor

Tim's Bio

Tim Clemens worked for more than 30 years as a reporter, editor, and photographer at daily and weekly newspapers in Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York state. While in Maine he supervised the copy desk at the Morning Sentinel and the Kennebec Journal for more than five years.

He holds a degree in history from Middlebury College and lives in Vermont, where he raised cattle on the family farm before becoming a journalist. In addition to freelance editing and photography, Tim edits and designs a quarterly history periodical for the Chittenden County Historical Society with his wife, Barbara Bosworth.

Development & Technology

Renée Johansson

Development Director

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Renée Johansson was previously the executive director of Sustainable Harvest International, finance director at the AIDS Task Force, and directed fundraising and outreach campaigns for WERU-FM Community Radio in Maine and KBCS-FM Campus Radio in Washington state.

In addition to her role with The Maine Monitor, Renée runs a small creative studio where she freelances in brand strategy, copywriting, and grant writing for clients globally.

In pre-COVID times Renée enjoyed travel, exploring new places while working remotely from her vintage Shasta camper. She is currently based in Bangor with her two-legged and four-legged family and 70+ houseplants.

She can be reached at

George Harvey

Multimedia Editor

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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

Dan Dinsmore

Editor Emeritus

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An award-winning journalist with 25 years of media experience, Dan Dinsmore joined the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting as Executive Director & Editor in December 2017 and served through June 2021.

During a journalism career dating back to 1992, he has served in reporting and business leadership capacities in media organizations along both coasts of the United States and cities in between.

Dinsmore, who also has taught newspaper design and production at St. Joseph’s College, lives in the Lakes Region with his wife, Christine, four kids and four dogs.

Digital Contributors

Garrick Hoffman

Contributing 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. He also does work for Activity Maine magazines, including the Maine Brew & Bev Guide, Maine Health & Wellness Guide, and the Activities Guide of Maine.

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.”

In addition to photography, Garrick is also a writer, videographer, graphic artist, and aspiring podcast host who enjoys traveling, playing music, 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.


Contributing Photographer

Fred's Bio

Fred is an award-winning 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. His work has been recognized by POYi, BPPA, NPPA, NEAPNEA and others. Fred has a BS in television and radio from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

He has done long term projects (greater than one year) for Harvard, Boston College and Bowdoin. His client list also includes, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, TIME FOR KIDS, National Geographic Calendar, NEWSWEEK JAPAN, New York, Yachting, Sports Illustrated, CFO, Parade, Golf Digest, Mainebiz, US News & World Report, as well as Stanford, Clemson, Macalester, St. Olaf, Brown, Middlebury, Wilson, Bentley, Bates and Duke.

He is the author of Maine Places, Maine Faces a photojournalistic tribute to Maine and her people. Fred is an instructor at the University of Southern Maine where he teaches photojournalism.

He can imitate an electronic siren (don’t ask) and is a self-described weather freak. His meteorological bent goes all the way back to elementary school and he semi-proudly admits that his high school yearbook quote was, “It is better to have predicted and lost than never to have predicted at all.” He is a bad “dad joke’ teller.

Carly Peruccio


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



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 can be reached at

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.