Down East magazine taps Maine native as first female editor-in-chief

Posted Sept. 18, 2013, at 6:31 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 19, 2013, at 1:50 p.m.
Down East magazine on Sept. 18 tapped Kathleen Fleury, a Maine native, as its new Editor-in-Chief.
Courtesy of Down East Enterprise
Down East magazine on Sept. 18 tapped Kathleen Fleury, a Maine native, as its new Editor-in-Chief.

CAMDEN, Maine — Down East magazine on Wednesday tapped Kathleen Fleury as its new editor-in-chief, the first woman to hold the magazine’s top editorial position.

Fleury, a Yarmouth native, was previously the magazine’s managing editor. During her six years at the magazine, she has covered Maine’s food scene and made national television appearances on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” and “Food Wars,” where she was a celebrity judge. Previously she worked at Clarkson Potter, a cookbook imprint at Random House in New York City.

Fleury will become the magazine’s fifth editor-in-chief in its nearly 60-year history. She replaces Paul Doiron, who has been named editor emeritus.

Doiron, who started at Down East in 1999 and has served as editor-in-chief for the past eight years, will work closely with Fleury and help guide the editorial direction of the magazine and its associated events. He is the author of the award-winning Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including “The Poacher’s Son” and “Massacre Pond.”

“The shift to naming Kathleen Editor-in-Chief and Paul Editor Emeritus is part of a natural transition for our magazine.” Bob Fernald, Down East Enterprise’s president, publisher and CEO, said in a statement. “The talent of these two professionals, along with an incredibly skilled team, helped lead Down East to double-digit growth this last year. Paul and Kathleen ensure Down East maintains its position as Maine’s premier magazine.”

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