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The News Makers

ABOUT THIS SERIES

Journalism created with care and integrity is a cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant democracy. And it works best when it’s transparent. When citizens understand how their news is produced and who is producing it, they’re more likely to trust what’s reported, make informed decisions and engage in a healthy dialogue on issues that matter.

In the News Makers series, we examine the newspaper landscape in Maine and how the loss of local reporting is a growing civic crisis.

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Latest Articles

Steve Mistler

Steve Mistler

The News Makers: Maine's Most Trusted Journalists Steve Mistler Some of what reporters do is routine. If handed a press release, for example, they might make a few phone calls to get quotes and context and quickly produce a story ready for publication. But...

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Mike Lowe

Mike Lowe

The News Makers: Maine's Most Trusted Journalists Mike Lowe   Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram sports writer Mike Lowe says he was a mediocre high school athlete. So he had to find another way to satisfy his appetite for sports. Fortunately,...

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Judy Meyer

Judy Meyer

The News Makers: Maine's Most Trusted Journalists Judy Meyer Judy Meyer already had her hands full as a stay-at-home mom caring for two children when she decided to answer an ad for a freelance writer at the Sun Journal, Lewiston’s daily newspaper. She got...

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Jake Bleiberg

Jake Bleiberg

The News Makers: Maine's Most Trusted Journalists Jake Bleiberg Jake Bleiberg considers himself a naturally curious person, so journalism has proven to be a good fit. While working at a bike shop in Montreal after finishing college, Bleiberg took a chance...

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Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda

The News Makers: Maine's Most Trusted Journalists Erin Rhoda Erin Rhoda loves Maine. She grew up here. She lives here. And she wants to see Maine thrive. “I am forever fascinated by the stories here, the people, the issues,” said Rhoda, who is editor of...

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Eric Russell

Eric Russell

The News Makers: Maine's Most Trusted Journalists Eric Russell Ironically, those best/worst lists so popular with news publications and websites often reveal that journalism is among the least desirable careers. Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram...

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Colin Woodard

Colin Woodard

The News Makers: Maine's Most Trusted Journalists Colin Woodard For Colin Woodard, being a journalist wasn’t a conscious decision. But when he examines his own backstory, all the clues are there. First, the newspaper he produced on a mimeograph while in...

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Chris Cousins

Chris Cousins

The News Makers: Maine's Most Trusted Journalists Chris Cousins Editor's Note, August 15: Maine lost a highly respected journalist Aug. 15 when Chris Cousins died of a heart attack at age 42. After finishing college, Chris Cousins was living in his...

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Bill Nemitz

Bill Nemitz

The News Makers: Maine's Most Trusted Journalists Bill Nemitz While at a Dunkin’ Donuts on the Maine coast in the 1970s, taking a break from his part-time job with a cleaning company, Bill Nemitz saw a story he wrote and photo he took on the front page of...

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Authors & Contributors

Patricia McCarthy

Steve Solloway

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.


Susan Cover

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.


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