Seth Koenig

Seth Koenig

Portland Bureau Chief

Seth Koenig, formerly of the Brunswick Times Record, covers the Greater Portland area for the Bangor Daily News. He has been named both New England Journalist of the Year and Maine Journalist of the year.
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Vermont? A dog? See how the British label Maine on a map

on Nov. 25, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
In a bit of self-deprecating humor, the folks over at BuzzFeed’s London office agreed to try and label the states on maps of America and post the results online. This is the second straight Thanksgiving they’ve gone through the exercise, and it’s relatively safe to say most American states have …

With another electric car charger added in Portland, here are all the public places to charge up

on Nov. 24, 2014, at 5:36 p.m.
It’s getting easier and easier to charge your electric car in the Portland area. There was a time, not too long ago, when electric car drivers would have a slow home charging station and that was about it. They would need to make it to work and back on a …
Firefighters continue to mop up a fire at a 12-unit complex at 25 Green St. in Biddeford on Monday morning. When the first crews arrived just after 6 p.m. on Sunday, the rear of the building and all the porches were fully involved, and flames were through the roof.

Nearly 20 displaced by Biddeford apartment fire unlikely to return home by Thanksgiving

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 24, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
As many as 20 people were forced out of their homes by an apartment building blaze in Biddeford on Sunday night, and local fire officials said Monday the structure remained too dangerous to enter. John Lamb, spokesman for the American Red Cross of Maine, said his organization …

Portland homicide victim remembered as ‘beautiful inside and out’

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 24, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
The victim of a Friday night homicide in Portland was described as “beautiful inside and out” by one of his friends Sunday. Assistant Portland Police Chief Vernon Malloch identified the victim as Richard Lobor, 23, of Portland, on Saturday. Lobor was visiting a 214 Brighton Ave. apartment …
Beth Faria, of Rochester, New Hampshire, smiles Sunday, Nov. 23, at the start of the Santa Hustle 5K Run & Walk on Philbrook Avenue in South Portland. The event, which benefited Easter Seals, also featured a half marathon. Both races started and ended at The Maine Mall. More than 2,000 people participated.

More than 2,000 people dress like Santa for South Portland road race

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 24, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.
A belly that shook like a bowl full of jelly? That would have been hard to find in the fit crowd of Santas running in South Portland Sunday morning. More than 2,000 people donned the signature white beard and red hats of St. Nick and registered …

Before gathering at the Thanksgiving table, stuff the cellphone somewhere else

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 23, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.
PORTLAND | Cellphones make it more difficult for humans to perform complicated tasks, even when they’re not being actively used, a new study from the University of Southern Maine found. “It’s kind of disturbing,” said USM psychology professor Bill Thornton, who led the study. “There’s lots of research about …
Roy Jackson (from left), Casey Tucker and Shayne Davis listen to University of New England social work graduate and volunteer Elisa Orme while taking part in the ANEW Approach addiction treatment program at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

Program that helps Maine inmates beat addiction turns to online funding campaign

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 23, 2014, at 5:58 a.m.
PORTLAND | Mark Lyon can’t remember how many times he has been sent to jail. “I don’t even know,” Lyon, 61, said. “Sometimes they’d catch me opening up bottles in the store and drinking from them to stop the shaking. But every time I’ve come to jail, I’d been …

Man killed in apparent homicide in Portland

By Abigail Curtis and Seth Koenig on Nov. 22, 2014, at 7:10 a.m.
PORTLAND — Portland Police are investigating an apparent homicide that happened Friday night at an apartment building at 214 Brighton Ave, leaving one man dead. Responding officers arrived at the residence a little after 9 p.m., finding the victim but not a suspect. Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch said in …

Portland police say Friday night death is ‘apparent homicide’

on Nov. 21, 2014, at 11:15 p.m.
Just after 9 p.m. tonight (Friday), Portland police responded to an apartment at 214 Brighton Ave. and found one man dead. Assistant Police Chief Vernon Malloch said in an announcement about 90 minutes later that investigators are considering the incident an “apparent homicide” and that “the perpetrator is not believed …
Police tape surrounds the building at 20 Noyes St. in Portland after a Nov. 1 fire.

Portland names Boston fire official to inspections task force in wake of deadly blaze

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 21, 2014, at 6:08 p.m.
Acting City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian has named 11 people to a task force to review the city’s fire and codes inspection policies, a group that includes a decorated leader with the Boston Fire Department. The review, which will seek to make policy recommendations in time for any …
University of Southern Maine President David Flanagan, left, and U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, talk to USM student Melissa Miller during a Friday morning tour of the school's cyber security lab.

Angus King touts Maine University System’s role in preventing cyber ‘Pearl Harbor’

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
PORTLAND | Warning that the “next Pearl Harbor” will be a cyber attack against the nation’s infrastructure, U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, on Friday announced that the University of Maine System is the first in the country to receive the NSA’s stamp of approval for its cyber security program. …

‘The next Pearl Harbor’ : Sen. King talks about threat of cyber security against America

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, talks about the threat of cyber attacks against America during a news conference Friday at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The University of Maine System was named by the NSA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security a Center for Excellence in Information Assurance …

Jetport making its case to fly Portland (instead of Boston)

on Nov. 20, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
If you’re a traveler from the Maine area — which could be stretched to include parts of New Hampshire and maybe even a sliver of Massachusetts — you have a handful of options for where you might fly into and out of. There are airports with varying services in Boston, …
Former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell listens before the unveiling of his official portrait in the State House in Augusta on Jan. 28, 2014.

Lack of federal funding could jeopardize Mitchell Scholarship program

By Abigail Curtis and Seth Koenig on Nov. 20, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
A scholarship program that for 15 years has sent top American students to Ireland and is named for one of Maine’s best-known politicians has been denied continued funding by the U.S. State Department, a program official said Wednesday. Trina Vargo, founder and president of the nonprofit U.S.-Ireland Alliance, said the …
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Maine’s signature Thanksgiving dish? The New York Times says it’s not turkey.

on Nov. 19, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
So, what’s everybody having to eat for Thanksgiving? Turkey? Stuffing? Maybe some cranberry sauce? Here at the Bangor Daily News, Sarah Walker Caron and her arts and lifestyle team have developed a great one-stop page for all your holiday food preparation needs, complete with an interactive map of your Thanksgiving …

Portland school superintendent gets three-year contract extension, 1-percent raise

on Nov. 18, 2014, at 11:56 p.m.
The Portland Public Schools announced tonight that the Board of Public Education voted unanimously to extend Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk’s contract by three years — pushing his pact out from a 2016 expiration date to 2019. The move is notable, because it represents the second time in nine months the board …
Police tape secures the door of unit B201 at the River View apartment complex in Saco on July 28.

Saco man who killed family, self, had stopped taking antidepressants when he lost his insurance

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 18, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
In the 13 months before police say he murdered his family and then killed himself, Joel Smith repeatedly visited doctors seeking help for stress and anxiety, but stopped taking prescribed medication because he lost his insurance, according to documents released this week by the state medical examiner’s …
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright addresses a packed Hannaford Hall on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus on Saturday afternoon.

‘What’s so damn liberal about wasting money?’: Madeleine Albright talks about politics, Muskie’s legacy in Portland

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 16, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
Madeleine Albright told Portland audience members Saturday afternoon they must be willing to listen to political opinions that challenge theirs. Albright, a prominent Democrat who was the first woman to become U.S. secretary of state in 1997, said her mentor, the late former U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie …

Portland’s hiring freeze and the ongoing battle over aid to undocumented immigrants

on Nov. 13, 2014, at 5:46 p.m.
As you’ve probably read by now, Portland’s Acting City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian has called for a freeze on city hiring and travel, weekly reviews of overtime payroll and a halt on purchases above $1,000. Earlier today, we carried a story by Katie Sampson from our media partners at CBS 13, …

Former Red Sox (and Yankee) outfielder Johnny Damon coming to Portland

on Nov. 12, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
As Red Sox fans, we loved Johnny Damon when he grew his hair out, looked like a cave man, used endearing and self-deprecating humor to refer to himself and his teammates as lovable “idiots” and — most importantly — helped Boston win its first World Series title in 86 years …
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