June 23, 2018
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Bangor Daily News announces changes to news operations

By Michael J. Dowd, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Daily News is announcing several changes that have taken place this summer to better serve readers of our digital and print products.

We’ve added an award-winning journalist to our staff, repositioned reporters and editors, and reconfigured our production processes to publish more stories, photos, videos and graphics faster on our website, bangordailynews.com, and on other digital devices.

Changes include the following:

  • More reporters in more places. The BDN has hired award-winning reporter Seth Koenig, formerly of the Brunswick Times Record, to cover the Greater Portland area. Christopher Cousins, formerly reporting from mid-Maine, will cover the southern midcoast from Bath.
  • More photos. Freelance photographer Robert Bukaty of Portland, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work with The Associated Press in 1999, will contribute weekly photo essays from that region to the BDN.
  • Dedicating staff to investigative reporting. Susan Young, former editorial page editor, has been named managing editor for investigative reporting and new initiatives. She will work closely with BDN reporters to dig deeper into issues Mainers need to know about, especially government operations at all levels.
  • Strengthening coverage of coastal Maine. In addition to adding Cousins, whose reporting will reach North to Rockland, Kevin Miller, former BDN State House reporter, has moved to the Ellsworth bureau. They join coastal reporters Sharon Kiley Mack, Bill Trotter, Abigail Curtis and Heather Steeves in covering the region.
  • Getting news to you faster. The BDN’s new digital desk is the editing hub through which all content flows swiftly and is routed to mobile, web, other electronic devices and to print. Editor Judy Long oversees the desk, along with online editor William P. Davis.

Further personnel moves include the following:

  • Former assistant editor Kate Collins has been promoted to editor of the Visuals Desk, overseeing production of video and still photography.
  • Former assistant editorial page editor Tom Groening has been promoted to editorial page editor.
  • Reporter Eric Russell, who formerly covered Greater Bangor, has been assigned to the State House in Augusta.
  • Reporter Ryan McLaughlin has moved from Sports to cover the Pittsfield-Newport area.
  • Nick McCrea has moved from the Display Desk to the City Desk where he will report on the Old Town-Orono area.
  • Andrew Neff has moved from Sports to cover Greater Bangor.
  • Teams of reporters will cover important topics including education, the environment, courts and crime, and agriculture and natural resources.
  • Columnist Joni Averill is overseeing a new nonprofit online section and a once-a-week print page titled Positively Maine.

The Bangor Daily News remains committed to being Maine’s most comprehensive and trusted source of news and information.

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