Seth Koenig

Seth Koenig

Portland Bureau Chief

Seth Koenig, producer In 2011, the BDN hired Durham, Maine native Seth Koenig to launch southern Maine coverage. In 2014, he was named the Maine Press Association’s top news blogger, something he’s very proud of and which is a title he intends to reclaim in 2016. Previously, he spent five years working for The Times Record in Bath and Brunswick, during which time he was named Journalist of the Year by both the New England Newspaper & Press Association and the Maine Press Association. While a student at UMass Amherst, he served as editor-in-chief of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, a school newspaper with a regional distribution and readership of 30,000. Seth coaches youth soccer and basketball, serves on the Durham Historic District Commission, plays in an indoor soccer league, manages his children’s YouTube channel and serves as a U.S. Navy Reserve officer. He serves on the advisory board for the USM student newspaper, the Free Press, and has judged annual journalism contests for the NH Press Association and Journalism Association of Community Colleges, among other trade and training organizations. Prior journalism work included stints with The Forecaster in Falmouth ME, and on the sports desk at The Recorder in Greenfield MA. nalist of the year.

Insect poop could ‘solve all of your problems.’ Or maybe one of them.

on Aug. 17, 2017, at 5:05 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter, the five possible names for Portland’s new pro hockey team and how Maine politicians are continuing to react to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Caroline Lerch holds a sign depicting one of the five final names for the hockey team, Watchmen.

New Portland pro hockey team narrows down name choices to 5

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 17, 2017, at 3:14 p.m.
One of these five team names will be the one used by Portland’s new professional hockey team when it takes the ice in 2018.

Elvis was scheduled to perform in Portland 40 years ago tomorrow

on Aug. 16, 2017, at 5:22 p.m.
He died 40 years ago today.

A landmark Portland marquee is being returned to its former glory

on Aug. 15, 2017, at 5:23 p.m.
The State Theatre’s “electric tiara” is coming back.

A snowy winter is coming, but don’t worry. It’s good for you.

on Aug. 14, 2017, at 5:09 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter, the expansion of Metro bus service and candidates for city offices begin turning in paperwork to appear on the ballot.

‘Big Daddy Hacks’ and his South Portland team are playing for the title

on Aug. 11, 2017, at 4:13 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter, a Portland coffee shop is planning to move across the bridge.
Paul J. Kirchhoff, 42, of Portland

Police identify body found in Portland Harbor, investigating circumstances of death

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 11, 2017, at 2:58 p.m.
Portland police have identified the body found Thursday morning in Portland Harbor as that of Paul J. Kirchhoff, a Portland fisherman.

Maine little leaguer goes viral with brash intro, backs it up with long homer

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 11, 2017, at 12:09 p.m.
“Back home they call me ‘Ricardo,’ and I take big daddy hacks.”

How the city went back in time to solve its upcoming ballot problem

on Aug. 10, 2017, at 5:32 p.m.
A lot of Greater Portland news to go over tonight.
The United States Coast Guard recovered a body off the coast of Maine on Thursday.

Coast Guard recovers dead body off Maine coast

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 10, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
The body was found approximately 15 nautical miles off the coast of Kennebunkport.
Pigs are pictured at a pig farm in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July 24, 2017.

PETA wants to turn ‘Charlotte’s Web’ farmhouse into ‘pig empathy museum’

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 10, 2017, at 1:12 p.m.
An outspoken animal rights group wants the Maine farmhouse of late children’s book author E.B. White to be converted into a “pig empathy museum.”

Be an Olympic medalist without leaving the couch. Really.

on Aug. 09, 2017, at 5:21 p.m.
Also in the latest edition of The Express newsletter, a new housing project for Parkside.
Michael Liberty

‘Donald Trump with a Maine accent’ sentenced to four months for illegal campaign donations

By Jake Bleiberg and Seth Koenig on Aug. 09, 2017, at 4:01 p.m.
Michael Liberty, 56, was ordered to pay a fine of $100,000 in addition to serving the prison time after pleading guilty to making $22,500 in illegal campaign contributions to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

One Portland baby, 33 park vacations

on Aug. 08, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter: A Boston Celtics player is coming to Portland, and where locally you can get special glasses to watch the eclipse.

Just one more example of how coffee saves lives

on Aug. 07, 2017, at 5:01 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter: Why today’s adolescents are more mentally in danger even if they’re physically safer than ever before.
Le Grand Bleu, a massive yacht owned by Russian-American oil tycoon Eugene Shvidler, sits anchored near Fort Gorges in Portland Harbor on Monday morning. The yacht is 371 feet long.

Russian-born oil tycoon’s yacht, one of the world’s largest, anchored in Portland Harbor

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 07, 2017, at 11:34 a.m.
Le Grand Bleu, one of the world’s largest yachts, is anchored in Portland Harbor near the historic island Fort Gorges.

NPR tackles the issue of gentrification in Portland

on Aug. 04, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
Plus, the return of tall ships, baseball star Ryan Flaherty and… winter.

The sad story of a Maine dog who gave everything for his family

on Aug. 03, 2017, at 5:26 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter, why the owner of Sisters Gourmet Deli said her workers were so calm when a man barged in and screamed they were all “going to hell.”

Does the rift between the mayor and city manager matter?

on Aug. 02, 2017, at 5:22 p.m.
No, seriously. Tell us.

Facebook deletes 288,000 hate speech posts a month. Why that’s a problem.

on Aug. 01, 2017, at 5:16 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter, the first meeting between Mayor Ethan Strimling and City Manager Jon Jennings has been scheduled after last night’s clearing of the air.