The Bangor Daily News is announcing the assignment of two reporters to cover the midcoast area for the daily paper, Web site and the weekly publication, the Midcoast Beacon. These assignments are effective Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Abigail Curtis will cover Waldo County. Heather Steeves will cover Knox County. Both reporters will be based in the Bangor Daily News bureau located at 93 Main St. in Belfast.
Curtis replaces reporter Walter Griffin, who has retired. An Orono native, Curtis graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington. She joined the BDN staff as a reporting intern in 2004. She was promoted to the Mount Desert Island beat before attending graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. She in-terned with The Associated Press in Bogota, Colombia.
Curtis received her master’s degree in journalism in 2008 and worked at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver before rejoining the BDN staff. She has covered the business beat and Knox County.
“I love the energy and buzz in Belfast and Waldo County,” Curtis said. “Although Walter Griffin has left big shoes to fill, I’m looking forward to getting started here.”
Steeves is a 2009 graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in journalism. Since May 2009, Steeves has worked as an editorial assistant reporting for The Weekly, a BDN publication in the Bangor area, and has worked on community news for both The Weekly and the Midcoast Beacon.
A native of Northwood, N.H., Steeves was news editor of the Maine Campus newspaper at the University of Maine from 2007 to 2009, and also has written for the Ellsworth American and the Union Leader in Manchester, N.H.
“My goal for my work in Knox County will be to bring important local news to the daily paper, and also to report stories that are reflective of Maine as a whole,” Steeves said. “I also plan to keep an eye out for interesting feature ideas on local people.”
Both reporters are supervised by Assignment Editor Dana Wilde, who is located in the Bangor office.