BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Daily News is pleased to announce changes in the responsibilities of nine editors in order to better serve our readers online and in print. These editors help oversee a staff of 52 reporters, photographers, page designers and graphic artists.
Rick Levasseur has been named state editor and will work to boost coverage and readership in Aroostook County, Down East, the midcoast and other parts of Maine. Levasseur started his career at the BDN in 1979 as a part-time district correspondent covering the Fort Kent area. Since moving to Bangor in 1984, he has worked as a reporter, copy editor, feature writer, assistant editor, assignment editor and night news editor. He has won several Maine Press Association awards.
Timothy Allen has been named city editor and is responsible for coverage of Bangor, Brewer and other communities in Penobscot County. He also will oversee coverage of Piscataquis County, the Pittsfield area and the University of Maine. Allen has held a variety of reporting and editing jobs at Maine newspapers since the late 1970s. He joined the BDN in 1998, working as an assistant copy desk chief and later an assignment editor responsible for business, health care, politics, the environment and coverage of the Millinocket and Dover-Foxcroft regions.
Jeff Tuttle has been named special projects and business editor. He will oversee investigative stories and political coverage, along with health care and other topics. As business editor, he will focus coverage on issues affecting entrepreneurs and small-business owners. He has held numerous positions during his 12 years in the newsroom and has won several awards in Maine and New England for his reporting and editing.
Aimee (Dolloff) Thibodeau recently returned to the BDN as editor of the Lifestyle section and is leading the development of expanded coverage of how Mainers live their lives. Thibodeau began her career with the BDN in 2001 as an editorial page clerk. She became a general assignment reporter in 2003, working in Machias and on the city desk. In September 2008 she accepted a position with the University of Maine, although she maintained a weekly reality TV column at the BDN.
Judy Long has been named breaking news editor. She will oversee statewide evening coverage, ensuring readers get up-to-the-minute information. Long began her career at the BDN as an intern on the news desk before moving to the copy desk in 1999. She became a full-time copy editor in January 2000, an assistant copy desk supervisor in 2007 and has assisted the BDN systems editors in various duties.
Dana Wilde will take up the position of assistant display desk chief and weekend editor. He has been a copy desk editor, assignment editor and columnist with the BDN since 1997. His columns have won awards from the Maine Press Association and the New England Newspaper and Press Association.
Jim Emple has been named a weekend editor, in addition to his duties as assistant display desk chief. He joined the BDN copy desk in 1985. Before he was hired full-time, Emple was a freelance writer and intern reporting for the city, style and business desks. On the copy desk Emple took on all aspects of its operation, including several years as copy desk chief, weekend and holiday night editor.
Eryk Salvaggio has been named online editor. He will oversee bangordailynews.com and the company’s community engagement online through Facebook and Twitter. Salvaggio graduated summa cum laude with a double degree in Journalism and New Media from the University of Maine in 2010. He served as editor-in-chief of The Maine Campus, named College Newspaper of the Year by the New England Society of Newspaper Editors. Before that, he was a member of the general management group for Portsmouth, N.H., Community Radio, WSCA-LP FM.
Jeff Strout has been named outdoors editor. In his nearly 40 years with the BDN he has worked under five managing editors, been city editor three times, state editor once, a business editor and city hall reporter and an assistant editor on the telegraph desk, the forerunner of today’s display desk. His new responsibilities will include coordinating the content for the outdoor pages in print and for the online outdoor section.
The editors listed above will work closely with editor-at-large and religion editor Julie Murchison Harris; display desk chief Greg McManus, sports editor Joe McLaughlin, photography editor Scott Haskell and graphics director Eric Zelz to bring readers news and information on which they can rely.