May 20, 2018
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Veteran journalist Tom Groening named BDN midcoast bureau chief


The Bangor Daily News is pleased to announce that Tom Groening is returning to Belfast to serve as bureau chief for the midcoast region effective April 16. Tom spent almost 20 years reporting news in Waldo and Knox counties before coming to Bangor to write editorials.

Groening will coordinate and lead coverage of four reporters — Abigail Curtis in Waldo County, Stephen Betts and Heather Steeves in Knox County and Chris Cousins in Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties. He also will report on issues in the region, with a particular focus on education.

“I’m thrilled to return to reporting on the issues that affect the midcoast region,” Groening said. “The feisty local politics, the fascinating people who live here and the beauty and economic vitality of our coastal villages and towns will give our team plenty to write about.”

“We will make schools and education issues a particular focus, because I know families in the region care deeply about them,” he said.

Groening worked for 11 years at the Republican Journal in Belfast, about half that time as editor. He began working for the BDN in the Rockland bureau in 1998 and continued with stints in Rockport and Belfast. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University who moved to Maine in 1983, working as a teacher in private and public schools and in social service agencies before getting into the newspaper business. He and his wife live in Belfast. The couple have two grown children.

“Midcoast readers of the BDN website and paper will benefit greatly from Tom’s knowledge, dedication and talent,” said Michael J. Dowd, editor-in-chief of the Bangor Daily News.

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