Editorial Leadership

Dan Dinsmore

Executive Director and Editor

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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.

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.

Susan Cover

Contributing Editor/Writer

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Susan Cover has been a journalist for 24 years, working at newspapers in Kansas, Rhode Island, Ohio and Maine. In 2002, Susan moved to Maine to cover state government and spent 10 years in the Statehouse Bureau working for the Kennebec Journal. She covered state budgets, hundreds of bills, and referenda campaigns including bear baiting and marriage equality.

In 2013, Susan was promoted to city editor at the Kennebec Journal, leading a team of reporters and photographers to put out each day’s paper. Susan is a graduate of Muskingum University in Ohio and has a master’s degree in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University.

Most recently, Susan left daily newspaper journalism to pursue freelance writing and her other passion – taking run-down houses in Kennebec County and bringing them back to life. She lives in Augusta with her partner and their pets – Piper the cat and Wooley the dog.

George Harvey

Production Editor

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George Harvey is the Production 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

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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.

Staff Writers

Samantha Hogan

Beat: Government Accountability

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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 samantha@themainemonitor.org

Rose Lundy

Beat: Public Health

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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.

Andrew Howard

Beat: State Politics

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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 andrew@themainemonitor.org.

Kaitlin Cough

Beat: Energy and Environment

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Kaitlin 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.

Contributing Writers 

Barbara Walsh

Contributing Writer

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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

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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. Weil

Contributing Columnist

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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.

 

Darren Fishell

Contributing Writer

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Darren Fishell is a data visualization specialist and investigative reporter based in Portland. He previously worked as an investigative reporter and business reporter at the Bangor Daily News, where he specialized in energy issues.

Digital Contributors

Fred Field

Fred J. Field

Contributing Photographer

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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.
 

Roger McCord

Contributing Videographer

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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.

Carly Peruccio

Contributing Podcaster

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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.

Development

Julie Boardman

Marketing Consultant

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With more than 20 years of media marketing experience, Julie prides herself in being a creative strategist, a strong communicator, a dedicated hard-worker and an overall fun person. She helps bring brands to life through collaboration and innovation.

Julie has been the marketing director at HIMSS Media and United Publications, both here in Maine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business from Ithaca College, and loves dogs, sailing and living in Maine. She lives in Portland with her daughter.

Liz Clancy

Audience Development Consultant

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Liz is a freelance audience development professional who specializes in helping not-for-profit and smaller organizations grow, maintain and engage their audience database. Liz brings over 15 years’ experience in B2B & B2C audience marketing, including time as a circulation manager at the Portland Press Herald, and as director of audience marketing for HIMSS Media.

Liz enjoys all that Maine has to offer, including: kayaking, hiking, skiing and (most important) testing the flourishing food and microbrew scene.

Annarosa Whitman

Annarosa Whitman

Fundraising Outreach and Grant Coordinator

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Annarosa Whitman works on fundraising outreach and grant coordination for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. A recent graduate of Kalamazoo College, Whitman has been working with MCPIR since January 2021. Previously, she worked as a canvasser for Maine People’s Alliance during the 2020 election season, engaging voters in local, state and federal elections. Annarosa completed multiple research projects during her bachelor’s degree studies in Anthropology.