As part of its commitment to better serve readers of its newspaper and Web site, the Bangor Daily News announced Thursday it has assigned reporter Kevin Miller to cover the State House in Augusta on a full-time basis.
Miller, who for the past three years has covered environmental, energy and local issues for the BDN, will report on all aspects of state government with a focus on subjects that affect Mainers amid the current federal and state economic crises. The paper last had a full-time reporter based in Augusta in 2006, discontinuing the position when it reduced staff due to economic conditions.
“As a newspaper, our role is to explain and demystify the public policy process, describe how homeowners and businesses will be affected by legislation, and in doing our job answer the ‘why’ — why average people should care how their elected representatives vote on important issues,” said Mark Woodward, the BDN’s ex-ecutive editor, in announcing Miller’s assignment. “This will be Kevin’s job, and ours.”
Miller, 33, said he is excited by the challenge of his new beat.
“I was extremely pleased to hear that the BDN was re-establishing a full-time presence in Augusta,” he said. “State lawmakers are facing some critical decisions in the coming months and I hope my work can help members of the public stay informed about the issues that are important to them.”
Miller has considerable experience writing about politics and state government during the past decade. For four years he was part of a two-person team covering the Virginia Legislature for The Roanoke Times. When not in Richmond, Miller covered Virginia’s system of higher education with a special focus on the state’s largest university, Virginia Tech.
He began his political reporting career covering the Maryland Legislature and state government for the Carroll County Times, a daily paper in Westminster, Md. A New Jersey native, he holds degrees in journalism and American literature from New York University.
In addition to Miller’s work, readers of the BDN will continue to receive print and online coverage of state government provided by four other daily newspapers in Maine, as well as The Associated Press and the Capitol News Service.
Miller is based in an office rented by the BDN in the State House Office Building and will report to assignment editor Jeff Tuttle.
Environmental and energy issues will be covered by several BDN reporters.