Staff and Contributors

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. In this role, he had financial, content, audience and production responsibilities for all of Blethen Maine’s digital suite of products and websites, and all non-daily print products.

Dinsmore left newspapers in June 2009, when The Seattle Times 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 media strategy, 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 Casco with his wife, Christine, four kids and four dogs.

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Jordan Bailey

Contributing Writer

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Jordan Bailey is a freelance journalist in Belfast. She worked for four years as a copy editor, beat reporter and investigative reporter for three Maine papers – The Courier Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal. She covered education, courts, the environment, business, city government, and Maine State Prison, and won several awards from the Maine Press Association.

Jordan enjoys teaching and visiting classrooms to share her love of journalism. Before working for newspapers, Jordan was a marine science educator at the MDI Biological Laboratory and Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. She studied philosophy at Boston College.

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,, and Cat Fancy, Feline Wellness, and MASSAGE magazines.

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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.

Chelsea Conaboy

Contributing Writer

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Chelsea Conaboy is a writer and editor focused primarily on the healthcare system and the well-being of families and communities.

She was an editor at the Portland Press Herald, where she oversaw page-one feature stories and weekly sections on the arts, food, books and sustainable living. Previously, she was a healthcare reporter at The Boston Globe, where she was part of the Globe staff that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.

She previously worked at the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire and at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her recent work has been published by National Journal, Politico, Boston Globe Magazine and WBUR. She is a regular contributor to FairWarning.

She lives in a bungalow in South Portland with her husband, Yoon S. Byun, two young sons and an unruly garden.

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.

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.

Samantha Hogan

Education Writer

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Samantha Hogan, Pine Tree Watch’s first full-time reporter, focuses on education stories. She previously worked for The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, covering state politics, agriculture, the environment and energy, and interned twice for The Washington Post. She lives with her cat Ida – named for the mother of investigative journalism, Ida Tarbell. Samantha can be reached at

David McNabb

Contributing Editor

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David began his journalism career in 1969 when he joined the Portland newspapers as a reporter. He subsequently held positions as assistant city editor, metro editor, city editor, assistant managing editor for sports, night news editor, and copy desk chief. He retired in 2015.

A Maine native, he graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.S. in psychology and subsequently earned an MBA from the University of Southern Maine. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, serving two years of active duty before joining the newspaper.

He has three sons and six grandchildren. His wife died in 2015 after 47 years of marriage. He lives in Portland.

His interests include reading, travel, walking, gardening, golf, movies and live entertainment of all kinds.

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.

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.

Laura Poppick

Contributing Writer

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Laura is a freelance journalist who covers science, technology and the environment. She has a graduate degree in science communication from UC Santa Cruz and her work has appeared in Smithsonian, Audubon, Wired, and elsewhere.

Laura lives in Portland and enjoys hiking, surfing, climbing and generally exploring Maine. Find more of her work at

Sarah Rice

Contributing Photographer

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Sarah is a documentary and editorial photographer based in midcoast Maine. Born in Michigan, she’s made her living making pictures since graduating from college with a BA in photojournalism. She’s lived and worked on both coasts.

Freelance for more than a decade now, her work has been published in National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Rolling Stone,,, The Center for Investigative Reporting, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Getty, among other outlets.

She’s particularly interested in long-term documentary projects that involve marginalized and outlier populations, and those that explore the ties that bind human beings to one another.

Gabe Souza

Contributing Photographer

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An Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and photographer, Gabe spent five years on staff at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has worked for a variety of editorial clients.

Over the past 10 years, he has captured images in over 19 countries, spanning five continents. The first photographer to win the National Press Club Award, Gabe has a passion for telling compelling stories through images. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, and many more publications.

Gabe co-owns a 1985 BMW 325 race car named “Wilhelm,” has a borderline unhealthy obsession with coffee, and is determined to watch a game in every Major League Baseball ballpark before the age of 30. He has 3 years and 16 ballparks to go.

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.

Tristan Spinski

Contributing Photographer

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Tristan is a photographer, writer and co-founding member of GRAIN, a photography collective focused on long form visual storytelling.

He grew up splitting his time between Mid Atlantic suburbia and rural Appalachia. He studied English at the University of Delaware, earned his master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley and worked as a newspaper photographer in Florida for several years before starting his freelance career.

Much of his work examines the intersections between people and the landscape: food systems, economies and cultures tethered to natural resources, land use and conservation issues. Tristan’s editorial clients include Audubon, Down East Magazine, Mother Jones, ProPublica, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

He lives in South Portland with his wife, Sarah, and two dogs, Floyd and Billie Ocean.

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.