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.

Maine is taking Taylor Swift’s advice

on June 28, 2017, at 4:55 p.m.
Don’t overthink it.

The development of Bayside, and a new reason to hate ticks

on June 27, 2017, at 6:15 p.m.
Your nightly newsletter grab bag of local news, featuring all sorts of potentially deadly critters in Maine.

5 times great white sharks were found in Maine waters

on June 27, 2017, at 2:27 p.m.
These are cases when we can be fairly sure it wasn’t a basking shark.

We’re going to need a bigger paddle boat

on June 26, 2017, at 6:54 p.m.
It’s that time of year again, when occasional great white shark sightings off Maine beaches make big headlines.
Children and teenagers seeking to become United States citizens recite the Oath of Allegiance at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland in a 2011 file photo.

Immigrant leaders in Maine say court travel ban ruling ‘still religious discrimination’

By Seth Koenig on June 26, 2017, at 6:36 p.m.
“We do disagree with the court decision, because we feel it’s still religious discrimination,” said Elmuatz Abdelrahim.

There’s still no state budget, but we do have a black widow spider

on June 23, 2017, at 4:52 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter, a study showing car crashes increasing in states which have legalized marijuana.
Men bow their heads facing east while Imam Younus Alfayyadh leads the prayers at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on as local Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr, July 6, 2016.

Portland police increasing patrols after letter threatens city Muslims

By Seth Koenig on June 23, 2017, at 11:16 a.m.
City police are increasing security around Muslim gathering places during the final days of Ramadan after The Islamic Society of Portland received a threatening letter this week.

Get ready to pay more for parking in Portland

on June 22, 2017, at 5:05 p.m.
The Tweet Of The Day comes from Portland City Hall, which is delivering some bad news for your change purses.

The new theory that a serial killer may have struck in Portland

on June 21, 2017, at 5:09 p.m.
Anthony Sanborn, Jr., is trying to overturn his conviction for the 1989 murder, which two criminal profilers now say was likely the work of a serial killer.

5.5 million people have watched these Maine guys make bacon-cheese-taco lobster rolls

on June 21, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.
Is there ever such a thing as too much cheese?

Finally, ‘dad bod’ Ken dolls that can appeal to middle-aged men

on June 20, 2017, at 6:40 p.m.
Although the fuller-figured Ken is a step in the right direction, I’m holding out until these Ken dolls are personalized to look exactly like me.

See old school tall ship races in Portland

on June 19, 2017, at 6:35 p.m.
Should be way more competitive than a race between Michael Phelps and a great white shark.

Famed Portland chorus joins Grammy winners in a worldwide tribute song

on June 16, 2017, at 5:31 p.m.
Most of the singers attend Portland Public Schools, where students speak as many as 60 different languages.

Some reader suggestions on what to name the new hockey team

on June 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
What do you think of the Portland Pucks or Coastal Crusaders?

What should Portland’s new hockey team be named?

on June 15, 2017, at 3:26 p.m.
The Pirates left in 2016, and the hockey team formerly known as the Alaska Aces are coming in 2018.

LePage tosses hotel key into Casco Bay, hopes for ‘mermaid’

on June 15, 2017, at 12:49 p.m.
An alternative headline may have been: “Where’s the governor’s hotel key? The fish ate it.”

LePage is coming to Portland to throw a hotel key into the bay

on June 14, 2017, at 5:20 p.m.
In other news, the mayor has announced a plan to help seniors afford housing in Portland.

Portland voters overwhelmingly approve school budget

By Seth Koenig on June 14, 2017, at 9:41 a.m.
The education budget was passed by an unofficial count of 3,148 to 890, with 77.96 percent of votes in favor.

Portland voters overwhelmingly approve school budget

on June 13, 2017, at 10:09 p.m.
“Once again, we have shown that putting our children first will always be our top priority.”

Report: Portland taxpayers stuck paying thousands while massive project stalls

on June 13, 2017, at 4:48 p.m.
In other news, Maine’s youth prison laid off nearly half of its teachers.