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The News Makers


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.

Brower sees need for a plan as he further expands his empire

Reade Brower will buy longtime friend Alan Baker’s award-winning weeklies in Ellsworth and Bar Harbor on Sept. 1.

Latest Articles

Don Carrigan

Don Carrigan

The News Makers: Maine's Most Trusted Journalists Don Carrigan Throughout his 45 years as a journalist, Don Carrigan has covered it all – high school basketball games, local school boards, horse races, homicides and presidential elections. Is there anything...

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Maine’s Most Trusted Journalists

Maine’s Most Trusted Journalists

Pine Tree Watch surveyed 75 reporters, editors, copy editors, television anchors, photographers, station directors and publishers, asking them to share five Maine-based journalists that they respect.

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The Independents

The Independents

Alan Baker and Edward French are two veteran newsmen, both concerned about and devoted to preserving local journalism despite the odds.

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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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