MACHIAS, Maine — Tom Walsh, an award-winning journalist and former journalism instructor, has been hired by the Bangor Daily News as a full-time reporter to cover Washington County beginning Monday, Dec. 5.
Walsh, who won numerous state, regional and national awards as a reporter for the Ellsworth American weekly newspaper from 2004-08, will be based in a bureau located at 25 Main Street in Machias.
“Tom is a seasoned reporter who understands the issues affecting the coast of Maine and its people,” said Michael J. Dowd, BDN’s editor-in-chief. “We are excited to have him join our staff and believe readers will share our excitement.”
Walsh worked as a science reporter for the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette from 2001-04 and also taught journalism at the University of Iowa, where he earned his degree in journalism in 1972. He earned a master’s degree in communication studies from Dublin City University in Ireland in 2002.
“In many ways Washington County strikes me as one of those proverbial ‘last best places,’ not only in Maine, but in America,” said Walsh, who most recently had been employed as a science writer at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. “It’s replete with rugged places populated with rugged people doing rugged work. Many of the families in Washington County have called this place home for generations and others for centuries.
“I look forward to years of exploring the people and places of Washington County and sharing what I learn with Bangor Daily News readers.”
Walsh can be reached at 207-263-4120 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.