May 22, 2018
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Veteran Rockland-area journalist joins Bangor Daily News

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Steve Betts

ROCKLAND, Maine — Award-winning journalist Stephen Betts, who has covered the Rockland area for other publications for three decades, has joined the staff of the Bangor Daily News.

Betts, who lives in Rockland, will continue providing news and features from Knox County as he reports for the BDN beginning on Monday, Jan. 30.

“I’m honored and excited to join the Bangor Daily News. I started my newspaper career delivering the BDN in Stonington,” Betts said. “I’ve come full circle.”

Michael J. Dowd, BDN Editor-in-Chief, welcomed Betts to the paper.

“We’re very excited to have Steve join our staff, knowing the high-quality journalism he has produced over his career,” said Dowd. “Hiring Steve demonstrates our commitment to serving readers of our website and newspaper in the midcoast area and beyond.”

Betts graduated in 1981 from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He has worked ever since as a reporter and editor, beginning at The Journal Tribune in Biddeford in 1981. He was a reporter at The Courier-Gazette covering Knox County from 1982 to 1994, before becoming news editor for the publication from 1994 to 2008. Since then he has been associate editor-reporter for VillageSoup’s online and print news in Rockland.

Betts has won numerous writing and photography awards and was named the Maine Press Association Journalist of the Year in 2005.

He replaces reporter Heather Steeves, who will be working part-time in Bangor as she furthers her education at the University of Maine.

Betts can be reached by email at and by phone at 691-6564.

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