Michael J. Dowd

Director of Print Operations

Michael J. Dowd is Director of Print Operations. Dowd, a 32-year veteran, leads a team of reporters covering Greater Bangor and the issues important to Maine cities and service centers across the state. As Standards Editor, Mike leads weekly print critiques of the BDN, review/ approve corrections, and contribute perspective about newsroom initiatives to ensure they dovetail with the BDN's journalistic and community standards. A Bangor native, Dowd began his career at the BDN as a sportswriter and has worked as a sports columnist, state desk co-editor, city editor, night news editor,  managing editor and editor-in-chief. Dowd is a member of the Maine Committee on Media and Courts and the Maine Press Association. He works closely with Anthony Ronzio, director of news and new media.  
 

Stories we are working on

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 30, 2010, at 11:19 a.m.
The population variance granted five years ago to the Penobscot and Kennebec County jails allowing them to take more inmates will expire on Jan. 1. Our story focuses on what Penobscot County Jail is …

Stories we are working on

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 29, 2010, at 11:30 a.m.
Governor-elect Paul LePage appears to be having trouble filling his commissioner posts. He’s only filled four, and he said he planned to fill all 16 by the end of the year. He’s not announcing any …

Stories we are pursuing Tuesday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 28, 2010, at 11:04 a.m.
We’ll keep you updated with the latest storm statistics in the wake of Monday’s blizzard. The Department of Environmental Protection ended the year with $470,281 in penalties paid by Maine …

Stories we’re pursuing Monday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 27, 2010, at 12:26 p.m.
Check here frequently for updates on the blizzard whacking Maine Monday. We’ll have the latest reports on accident, power outages and road conditions. Photos, too. The Port of Eastport broke a …

Stories we are pursuing Friday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 24, 2010, at 12:01 p.m.
The upcoming 2011 Maine trade mission to South Korea will not include Gov. Paul LePage. Without the governor, trade missions generally include a smaller group of businesses that are more focused on …

Stories we’re pursuing Thursday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 23, 2010, at 11:36 a.m.
The upcoming 2011 Maine trade mission to South Korea will not include Gov. Paul LePage. Without the governor, trade missions generally include a smaller group of businesses that are more focused …

Stories we are pursuing Wednesday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 22, 2010, at 11:16 a.m.
Locally sold herbal products that reportedly provide a marijuana-like high have been banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration effective at the end of this week. According to the Federal …

Stories we are pursuing Tuesday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 21, 2010, at 11:27 a.m.
Governor John Baldacci visits Washington County today where he’ll greet new owners and workers at Woodland Mill LLC in Baileyville and survey damage from last week’s severe rain storm. Reporter: …

Stories we’re pursuing Monday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 20, 2010, at 10:54 a.m.
Bangor city councilors will vote Monday on whether to move forward with design development on an updated arena proposal and commit another $800,000 to the project. We’ll cover the meeting and get …

Stories we’re pursuing Friday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 17, 2010, at 11:28 a.m.
Compared to what has happened in other states with marijuana dispensaries, Maine’s medical marijuana program appears to be proceeding cautiously. We take an in-depth look at how programs in …

Stories we are pursuing Thursday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 16, 2010, at 12:31 p.m.
A group of Maine workers has sued Federal Express in federal court, claiming they were inappropriately classified as independent contractors when they were, in fact, full-time employees who should …

Stories we’re pursuing on Tuesday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 14, 2010, at 11:10 a.m.
We’re looking deeper into the fatal shooting of a Machias man in the Hancock County town of Eastbrook early Monday. Police are continuing to investigate the death of Nicholas Richards, who allegedly …

Stories we’re pursuing Monday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 13, 2010, at 11:43 a.m.
Petitioners have started the clock on a citywide referendum asking whether to move forward with plans to build a new arena in Bangor. The deadline to gather more than 2,200 signatures is mid-January. …

Stories we’re pursuing Tuesday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 07, 2010, at 11:52 a.m.
Representatives of Gov.-elect Paul LePage are meeting with business leaders in Ellsworth to discuss obstacles to business development. It’s the latest in a series of meetings designed to help the …

Stories we’re pursuing on Monday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 06, 2010, at 11:20 a.m.
Last week, legislative leaders talked about plans to create a new Joint Commission on Regulatory Reform that will hold meetings around the state to hear the public’s suggestions. How will this be …

Stories we’re pursuing Friday

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 03, 2010, at 12:06 p.m.
Are there wild mountain lions in Maine? Biologists consistently say no but the number of sightings by citizens continues to be reported regularly. We explore the topic thoroughly and include photos …

Stories we’re working on today

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 02, 2010, at 12:06 p.m.
Gov.-elect Paul LePage meets with President Obama today in Washington during a bipartisan conference of incoming governors. The main topic is homeland security. We’ll report on that and anything else …

Stories we’re pursuing today

By Michael J. Dowd on Dec. 01, 2010, at 11:25 a.m.
Northeast Patients Group will presents its regional plan for medical marijuana to the Bangor City Council today at 5 p.m. The plan is expected to include a dispensary or cultivation facility in the …

Stories we’re working on today

By Michael J. Dowd on Nov. 29, 2010, at 11:55 a.m.
There are environmental concerns at the former Moosehead manufacturing plant in Monson. Maine businesswoman Louise Jonaitis has finalized the purchase of the equipment but the bank still owns the …

Stories we’re working on today

By Michael J. Dowd on Nov. 19, 2010, at 11:29 a.m.
John Baldacci leaves office in a few weeks after serving two terms as Maine’s governor. We ask him about his high and low points in the Blaine House; his plans for the future, and what …