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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 joins the organization from the Morning Sentinel newspaper, where she covered local government, schools, spot news and enterprise stories in the greater Waterville area. Meg is a graduate of Bowdoin College. She can be reached at meg@themainemonitor.org.

Samantha Hogan

Staff Writer 

Samantha Hogan, Maine Monitor’s first full-time reporter, focuses on a range of government accountability projects. She previously worked for The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, covering state politics, agriculture, the environment and energy, and interned twice for The Washington Post. In 2020, Samantha was selected to work with the ProPublica Local Reporting Network to investigate Maine’s indigent defense system. She lives with her cat Ida – named for the mother of investigative journalism, Ida Tarbell. Samantha can be reached at samantha@themainemonitor.org.

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.

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.

Stephanie Bouchard

Contributing Writer

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Stephanie is an award-winning writer and editor based in Bath. She writes about healthcare, business, pets and Maine life and people.

She has been published locally and nationally in publications such as the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Working Waterfront, Island Journal, Forbes.com, WSJ.com and Cat Fancy, Feline Wellness, and MASSAGE magazines.

Learn more about her at stephaniebouchard.net. Contact her at stephanie@stephaniebouchard.net.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ben Harris

Contributing Writer

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Ben has covered healthcare, business and general assignment news in Maine and New Hampshire. His work has been featured on New Hampshire Public Radio, Healthcare IT News and Healthcare Finance News and Subcity News Radio in Glasgow, Scotland.

He holds a degree in political science from the University of Glasgow and is a Maine native. The idea that journalism needs to be fair, accurate, clear, engaging and, most importantly, different is something that he is passionate about. With backgrounds in print, digital, radio and visual reportage, Ben seeks to deliver quality journalism in whatever method most effectively suits the story.

When he’s not busy chasing a story, he’s hiking along the Maine coast or in the White Mountains, or pedaling his increasing collection of vintage bicycles around Portland, where he lives.

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.

Mike Miliard

Contributing Writer

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Mike was born in Portland and grew up in Cape Elizabeth. After graduating cum laude from Bowdoin College with a degree in English and art, Mike spent a decade in Massachusetts as a features writer at the Boston Phoenix. He won many awards over the years, including 2009 Journalist of the Year from the New England Newspaper and Press Association.

In 2010, he moved back to Maine. Since then, he has been editor of Healthcare IT News, where he focuses on the ways information and technology are improving healthcare delivery. His writing also has appeared in Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, Mainebiz, Bowdoin Magazine and more. He lives in South Portland.

Angie Muhs

Contributing Editor

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Angie Muhs is a contributing editor for Pine Tree Watch. 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.

Jessica Ouellette

Web Developer

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Jessica is a graphic and web designer with over fifteen years of professional experience in the marketing and design industry, including time at HIMSS Media as Creative Services Department Manager.

As the the co-owner of Table 6 Designs, a screen printing and design company in South Portland, she specializes in branding and packaging design, custom illustrations, and web development. She lives in South Portland with her husband and daughter and two cats.

Suzi Pond

Multimedia Content Producer

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Suzi Pond is an awarding-winning digital journalist, producer and storyteller. She is the founder and owner of Redbird Media Group a video/film production company based in Freeport, Maine that specializes in commercial, nonprofit, and fundraising projects. She teaches audio storytelling at Maine Media Workshops and the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute. She is based in Freeport, Maine.

Suzi cut her journalism chops at Boston magazine as Online Editor and later at the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram as the first dedicated multimedia producer. In 2011, Suzi became Chief Storyteller at United Way of Greater Portland.

A graduate of the radio documentary program at the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, her audio work has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” While at the Portland Press Herald, she won two First-Place NEAPNEA awards. In 2008, her collaborative documentary film “Let’s Make a Deal” won First Place in the Portland Phoenix Short Film Festival. Suzi is a proud Skidmore College graduate.

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.

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.

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.