Staff and Contributors

Dan Dinsmore

Executive Director and Editor

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

Dinsmore started out in journalism in 1992 as a sports writer at the Antelope Valley Press, a 40,000-circulation paper in Palmdale, Calif. He covered high school, college and professional sports before being promoted to assistant sports editor and later sports editor at the Valley Press.

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

Dinsmore started out in journalism back in 1992 as a sports writer at the Antelope Valley Press, a 40,ooo-circulation paper in Palmdale, Calif. He covered high school, college and professional sports before being promoted to assistant sports editor and later sports editor at the Valley Press. As sports editor, Dinsmore led an award-winning team from 1996-1999 before joining the La Crosse Tribune, a 45,000-circulation paper in La Crosse, Wisc, as its sports editor in November 1999.

He was in Wisconsin until October 2001, when he joined Blethen Maine Newspapers as the assistant managing editor for sports at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

In Portland, Dinsmore led a sports staff of 24 talented journalists for nearly seven years. During this period, the Press Herald/Sunday Telegram sports staff won several Associated Press Sports Editors national awards and numerous Maine Press Association awards. He led or co-led several key projects and initiatives at the Press Herald, including a redesign of the newspaper in 2005, a complete overhaul of the computing and pagination system in 2007 and ongoing efforts to embrace digital news and social media solutions.

Dinsmore moved from the journalism side to the business side of media early in 2007. He led a new business development team at Blethen Maine Newspapers that introduced several new digital and audience-driven products to the Blethen portfolio. He was promoted to executive director of MaineToday in March 2007.

Dinsmore left newspapers in June 2009, when The Seattle Times Co. sold Blethen Maine Newspapers. After a brief stint as Communications Director for Maine independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, Dinsmore joined a Maine-based healthcare media startup, MedTech Media, in 2010.

For almost eight years, Dinsmore was responsible for audience development, multimedia production, operational and financial oversight, and client management as the vice president of Media, Audience & Production for MedTech Media and then as the VP of Operations & Digital Development for HIMSS Media.

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.

Follow Dan on Twitter @Dinsmore and contact Dan via email here dan@themainemonitor.org.

Meg Robbins

Managing Editor 

Formerly a Maine Monitor (Pine Tree Watch) fellow and freelance contributor, Meg joined the staff as Managing Editor in February 2020.

She was previously a reporter at the Morning Sentinel newspaper, where she covered local government, schools, spot news and enterprise stories in the greater Waterville area. She also spent a year directing and producing a documentary about the decolonization of stand-up comedy in South Africa, which has played at the American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival and other venues across the world. Meg is a graduate of Bowdoin College. She can be reached at meg@themainemonitor.org.

Samantha Hogan

Staff Writer 

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.

Katie Brown

Staff Writer 

Katie Brown covers environmental stories for the Maine Monitor. She is the organization’s second Report For America corps member and full-time reporter. Brown previously worked as a newspaper reporter and radio producer in Santa Cruz, California where she investigated stories from commercial fishing boats, sacred native mountains and winding smoke-filled highways. She can be reached at katie@themainemonitor.org.

Rose Lundy

Staff Writer 

Rose Lundy, public health reporter for the Maine Monitor, covers the coronavirus in Maine. She also 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. Lundy can be reached at rose@themainemonitor.org.

Wendy Almeida

Production Editor

Wendy Almeida, with more than two decades of experience in journalism, website management and product development, will oversee digital production for The Maine Monitor. She has held content and project management roles in a range of organizations from daily newspapers, magazines and search marketing websites to global nonprofits. Her column “Kidtracks” published every month for 10 years in the Maine Sunday Telegram and she continues to regularly explore the Maine outdoors with her family and friends. Wendy can be reached at wendy@themainemonitor.org.

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.

Susan Cover

Contributing 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.

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.

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.

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.

Eric Bailey

Contributing Videographer

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Eric is an accomplished filmmaker, videographer and multimedia producer with professional experience spanning broadcast news, online marketing and publishing companies alike. His work has been featured locally, nationally and internationally, including his first independent project, “OFF-AIR,” a sitcom pilot based on his time in local TV news which earned him a Director’s Award from the inaugural Portland Maine Film Festival in 2011. 

Formally the Video Solutions Lead at HIMSS Media, Eric built the company’s video strategy from the ground up, creating innovative products and managing multiple crews to produce a vast library of industry-leading video content. His creation of HIMSS17 TV, an online channel of 90+ videos from the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference, earned the company recognition as an Eddies Digital Award Finalist for Best Use of Video in B2B from Folio Magazine.

Eric is the Owner and Chief Creative Officer of Maine Video Marketing, a full-service video production company he launched in 2017. He lives in Portland with his wife and daughter.

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.

Steve Solloway

Contributing Writer

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Steve once fantasized of becoming the next second baseman for the New York Mets. He turned back pitches from his Lutheran pastor and the Russian Orthodox Archbishop of North American to enter seminaries.

A repentant sinner and student of human behavior, Solloway discovered the joy of factual storytelling through reporting. Over a 43-year career, mostly with the Kennebec Journal, Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram in his adopted state of Maine, Solloway won numerous national, regional, and news and column writing awards.

He has asked questions of youngsters playing pee wee football and men playing in the Super Bowl. Lobstermen, actors, and U.S. senators. Boxers and bank presidents. Racecar drivers and climatologists. Everyone has a story and Solloway loves to listen.

Solloway was inducted to the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame in 2016.

Jordan Wolman

Contributing Writer

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Jordan Wolman is an intern with The Maine Monitor. He graduated with a journalism degree from Lehigh University in December 2020. While there, Jordan served as the editor-in-chief of The Brown and White, Lehigh’s student newspaper, and reported on the lack of internet access in rural Pennsylvania through a Pulitzer Center grant. Jordan also has experience covering the Pennsylvania Capitol for outlets like Spotlight PA and The Morning Call. His work has won statewide and national awards.

Jill Brady

Contributing Photographer

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Jill was born and raised in New London, N.H. and was inspired for life while learning photography from Mark Bryer at Kearsarge Regional High School. Jill graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she studied English and at the same time discovered her passion for photojournalism. Jill has made her living with her camera and is an award-winning photographer with over 25 years experience with both New Hampshire and Maine news organizations. She has been employed as a staff photographer at the Portland Press Herald for 18 years.

In addition to newspaper work, Jill has enjoyed photographing weddings, families and senior portraits. She most enjoys meeting her subjects and visually telling their stories by capturing genuine, meaningful moments.

Yoon Byun

Contributing Photographer

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Yoon is an award-winning photographer who has dedicated his career to telling the stories of people from all walks of life. He was part of The Boston Globe team awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.

His work also has been recognized by POYi, BPPA, Edward R. Murrow and National Headliners, among others. During the two years that he was photo editor and director of visuals at the Portland Press Herald, Yoon’s staff won numerous awards, including being recognized repeatedly by the Maine Press Association and winning three regional Emmy Awards.

He is a visiting lecturer in documentary photography and short film at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at MECA. He has lived in five countries and more than a dozen cities, but he tells people he’s from New York. He lives with his wife and sons in a 1920s bungalow near Portland.

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.
 

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. Annarosa is a Maine native.

Gordon L. Weil

Contributing Writer

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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.

 

Angie Muhs

Contributing Editor

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Angie Muhs is a contributing editor for the Maine Monitor. Muhs spent nearly 10 years at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Today in a variety of roles, including managing editor, assistant managing editor/copy desk and assistant managing editor/features. For five years, she was executive editor and vice president for audience development at the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill. Under her leadership, the SJ-R was twice named GateHouse Media’s Newspaper of the Year, and Muhs was recognized as GateHouse’s Editor of the Year. She also has worked at the Miami Herald, the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, and The (Columbia, S.C.) State. Muhs is former national president of the Associated Press Media Editor. She has twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize and is a graduate of Northwestern University. She currently resides in Springfield, Ill., where she is manager of communications for Memorial Health System, and also an enthusiastic unofficial ambassador for Maine tourism. Her son is a freshman at the University of Maine at Orono.