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The News Makers

Maine’s Most Trusted Journalists

Editor’s Note, August 15: Maine lost a highly respected journalist Aug. 15 when Chris Cousins died of a heart attack at age 42.

At the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, we wholeheartedly believe that local journalism matters, maybe more than ever. And we believe that journalism created with care and integrity is a cornerstone of a well informed and civilized society. We’re fortunate in Maine to have many responsible, talented men and women producing local journalism. So, as we wrap up our three-day series that has examined “The News Makers” in Maine, we’d like to highlight some of them.

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. We ended up with 105 names. Below are the 10 journalists mentioned most – each was cited at least a dozen times in our survey.


Jake Bleiberg

Portland reporter,
Bangor Daily News

Don Carrigan

Reporter and Statehouse bureau chief, NEWS CENTER Maine (WCSH/WLBZ)

Chris Cousins

Statehouse bureau chief, Bangor Daily News

Mike Lowe

Sports writer, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Judy Meyer

Executive Editor/Sun Journal, Western Maine Weeklies of Sun Media Group, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel​

Steve Mistler

Statehouse bureau chief, Maine Public, covering politics and government

Bill Nemitz

Columnist, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Erin Rhoda

Maine Focus editor, Bangor Daily News

Eric Russell

General assignment/enterprise reporter, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Colin Woodard

State and national affairs writer, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram


Susan Cover

Susan Cover has been a journalist for 24 years, working at newspapers in Kansas, Rhode Island, Ohio and Maine.


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