Joshua F. Moore serves as the executive editor for Pine Tree Watch. An award-winning journalist for more than two decades, Moore’s work has appeared in national, regional and local newspapers and magazines ranging from The Denver Post to WoodenBoat magazine, among many others. Moore, who was raised on a sailboat but grew up in Camden, is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a concentration in English.
Moore’s journalism experience began in Colorado, where he started as a beat reporter covering cops and courts for The Durango Herald, a daily newspaper in the Four Corners area. His coverage of a manhunt for cop-killers in the desert Southwest stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the national press that covered the massive search, earning him statewide awards and instilling the news bug in him at a young age. Promotions that followed included city editor and, at the nearby Cortez Journal, managing editor and helped Moore gain a broader understanding of the news operation. The Durango Herald’s coverage of a 73,000-acre fire near Moore’s home earned him the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists — one of the top journalism awards in the country.
Returning to Maine in 2002, Moore turned to magazine writing and editing, first as an associate editor of Down East, the venerable regional magazine founded in 1954. He went on to become the monthly magazine’s deputy editor, overseeing a team of freelancers while also regularly writing in-depth features. His work growing Down East’s digital footprint, DownEast.com, led to a new opportunity as the co-creator of USHarbors.com, an online startup serving boaters nationwide that grew to more than 4 million users annually.
Moore lives in Camden with his wife, Kristin, and two children.
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Dave Sherwood is a staff reporter for Pine Tree Watch. He also reports on energy and the environment for Reuters in Maine and eastern Canada. Over more than a decade, his award-winning journalism from the U.S., Canada and Latin America has been featured in The New York Times, The Miami Herald, the Christian Science Monitor, Maine Public Radio and PRI’s The World, among others.
Most recently, as a contributing writer for the Maine Center in 2016, he won the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s Publick Occurrences Award, the region’s most prestigious journalism award, for his investigative series on the Maine lottery. He also earned top honors for investigative reporting from the Maine Press Association.
Sherwood began his career with the Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel, where he was awarded the state press association’s Young Writer of the Year Award in his first year on staff.
In 2007, he moved to San José, Costa Rica, where he worked as a staff reporter covering politics, agriculture and the environment for The Tico Times, Central America’s largest English-language weekly. Over five years, he reported from eight countries in Latin America, producing work that included an award-winning series exposing the lack of sewage treatment at major hotels in Costa Rica.
In 2015, he worked with the Center for Public Integrity, based in Washington, DC, on a yearlong 50-state project that assesses government transparency and campaign finance laws.
Sherwood is a graduate of Colby College and has a master’s degree in Natural Resource Science from the University of Maine. He is a dual U.S. and Spanish citizen and a native speaker of both languages.
He and his wife, Grace, live with their daughter in Bowdoinham.
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Stacey Keefer is the development and marketing coordinator for Pine Tree Watch. Keefer has spent the past 22 years in management, customer service, marketing, and communications positions. She has served on three nonprofit boards during her time in Maine, including the Maine Marine Trades Association, where she also worked for several years following her board term. She is a new face in Maine journalism, but her previous jobs have involved working in Augusta with various state agencies and programs.
Keefer lives in Union with her dogs and cats. She is an outdoor enthusiast and active in her local mountain bike club.
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John Christie is co-founder of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, which operates Pine Tree Watch, and serves as consulting editor. Christie is a media executive whose 40-year career includes work in four states as a writer, editor, general manager and publisher for newspapers owned by Tribune Co., Dow Jones and Co. and the Seattle Times Co. In June, 2009, he retired after nine years as the president and publisher of Central Maine Newspapers, which publishes two daily papers, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel.
He has won numerous awards as a reporter and editor, including twice for best public service reporting in New England from the AP, and he was the primary editor at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel of two Pulitzer Prize finalists. In 2008, a series he edited, “For I was Hungry,” about hunger in Maine, won a number of regional and national awards, including best editorial series from the national Society of Professional Journalists. In 2014, he was given the Yankee Quill Award for lifetime achievement by the New England Academy of Journalists, which honors achievement and distinction in New England Journalism, and the New England Newspaper and Press Association has twice awarded him and the Center the “Publick Occurrences” award, which is given “for the very best work that New England newspapers produce each year.”
Christie was one of the first journalists to serve as a full-time training editor for a newspaper, a position that included coaching writers and editors on their craft and creating and running a news writing program for high school and college minority students.
He is also the editor of four books, including a bestselling book on Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida in 1992. He has spoken on newspaper management and writing in the United States, Europe and South America.
While Christie has contributed to almost every story published by the Center, he has developed a specialty in state finances, pension costs and the abuse of business tax breaks.
A University of New Hampshire graduate, Christie began his career in Maine as the summer intern in 1968 at the Sanford Tribune. He lives in Hallowell with his wife, Naomi Schalit.
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Naomi Schalit is co-founder of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, which operates Pine Tree Watch, and former publisher and senior reporter. A graduate of Princeton University with a degree in religion and Near Eastern studies, Schalit attended the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California, Berkeley and began her career at the San Jose Mercury News. In the last two decades, she has written for magazines and newspapers around the country, worked as a columnist for the Maine Times and for five years was a reporter and producer at Maine Public Radio. While at MPR, her reports were also featured on National Public Radio, Public Radio International and the CBC. Schalit won many awards for her radio reporting, including one from Public Radio News Directors, Inc., or PRNDI, for her expose of an historic state conservation deal gone bad.
In between all the reporting, writing and producing, she also took temporary leaves from journalism in 1993 to run her own floorcloth manufacturing studio and almost a decade later, to serve for three years as executive director of a statewide non-profit conservation group.
In April 2005, she joined the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel as Opinion page editor. In 2007, she won first place in the New England AP News Editors’ competition for editorial writing during 2006. She was the recipient of a 2007 Publick Occurrences Award from the New England Newspaper Association, Honorable Mention in the Anna Quindlen Award for 2007, Runner-up in the 2007 Casey Journalism Awards and First Place for editorial writing in the 2007 National Sigma Delta Chi Awards, all for her multi-part editorial series on hunger in Maine, “For I Was Hungry.” That series also earned her the first “Force for Good” award given by Portland non-profit Preble Street.
Schalit’s stories for the Center have twice won the “Publick Occurrences” award, which is given “for the very best work that New England newspapers produce each year,” and in October, 2015, her story, “LD 1750: A study in how special interests get their way in the Maine Legislature,” won first place for investigative reporting in the Maine Press Association’s annual competition.
While Schalit has contributed to almost every story published by the Center, she has developed a specialty in energy and legislative and executive branch ethics.
Schalit has two grown children and lives in Hallowell, Maine, with her husband, John Christie.
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