William Davis

William P. Davis

Director of Research & Innovation

William P. Davis is Director of Research & Innovation for the Bangor Daily News. Previous to joining the BDN, Davis served as copy editor for the Kennebec Journal and editor-in-chief for The Maine Campus, the newspaper at the University of Maine. He also worked at CoPress, a start-up company that provided media organizations with the resources needed to maintain a relevant and current website. Davis oversees the BDN's new and existing digital products, data and research efforts and internal technology. He previously was the BDN online editor.
Bruce Poliquin greets supporters at Oakland House of Pizza after winning a race against Emily Cain to represent Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

Dems think they can take on Poliquin, but history says that’s unlikely

By William Davis on Aug. 06, 2015, at 4:44 p.m.
With more than a full year before the next election, Democrats are already targeting Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s Second Congressional District. His opponent in the last election, Emily Cain, announced her intent to run to unseat Poliquin just weeks after failing in her original bid against him. And now, …

Thanks for upgrading! Here’s what to expect from the new app

By William Davis on April 01, 2015, at 4:55 a.m.
Thank you for upgrading the BDN app to the latest version, and thank you to so many of you who have been long-time BDN app users. The BDN received notice recently from Spreed, our long-time app development company, that they were ceasing business. After researching many replacement app development companies, …
The BDN's real-time analytics showed no significant disruption of traffic to the BDN website.

Can you read this? Group tries to take down BDN, WABI websites

By William Davis on March 25, 2015, at 9:06 a.m.
BANGOR | An electronic vandalism group that claimed responsibility for taking down the Maine state government website earlier in the week claimed Wednesday morning to knock offline the BDN and WABI websites. http://t.co/3qlk94M2iK #OFFLINE — Vikingdom2015 (@Vikingdom2015) March 25, 2015 Story continues below advertisement. http://t.co/vjqtP8sGgB #OFFLINE pic.twitter.com/FbPflsL5hx — Vikingdom2015 (@Vikingdom2015) …
Coffee Now

Find coffee, dinner or beer in downtown Bangor using our new tool

on March 04, 2015, at 11:35 a.m.
Coffee Now allows you to see what downtown Bangor businesses are serving the food you’re looking for right now.

Report an error in race totals

By William Davis on Nov. 04, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.

WordCamp Maine 2014 talk: WordPress as an application platform

on Aug. 16, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
If you’re interested in seeing the code behind our applications, browse around on the blog or visit our Github.

Dave Chappelle and The Roots first met in Maine

on June 26, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
And apparently some lady, confused that there were multiple famous black people in Maine at the same time, thought Chappelle was a member of the band. (Skip to 1:30)

Kittery’s Loco Coco’s Tacos to represent Maine in FiveThirtyEight’s national burrito bracket

on June 09, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
Last week I wrote about statistician Nate Silver’s quest to find the best burrito in America and marveled that there was a Maine location included on the list. Silver’s strategy to build the 64 seeds in the bracket had been to start by weighting all 68,000 burrito-selling establishments in the country, …

Can Maine’s best burrito hold up in a national competition?

on June 06, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
Nate Silver, editor of FiveThirtyEight, is on a quest to find the nation’s best burrito, and a candidate is from Maine. But the establishment on the list has not yet been revealed.

WordPress to Indesign: The final countdown

on March 21, 2014, at 2:35 a.m.
We’ve had a lot of requests for us to open source the WP Browser, the final piece of getting a post from Google Docs to WordPress and into Indesign. We hadn’t up till this point because it was a plugin that only worked on Windows and, well, was pretty bad. …

We’re hiring! Data geeks and news hackers

on Dec. 09, 2013, at 12:48 p.m.
We’re looking for data analysts and coders to join the BDN’s new Research & Innovation Department. The BDN is dedicated to rethinking how “legacy” media operate. If you enjoy working on multiple projects with different focuses in quick succession you’ll enjoy working here. We want people who understand how to build …

Google Drive to WordPress (to InDesign), refined

on Aug. 28, 2013, at 11:44 a.m.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. We’ve been busy refining our existing systems in the newsroom and tackling inefficiencies in other departments. At the BDN, we often try to drill down to what is really necessary and important, as opposed to what is traditional but not valuable, by …
Emergency crews battle a fire at the corner of Patten and Hellier streets late Monday evening.

Fire guts Bangor home; witnesses report seeing lightning strike

By William Davis on July 30, 2013, at 1:12 a.m.
Two people were displaced and a house was gutted after a fire behind the Main Street Shaw’s late Monday night. Witnesses reported seeing lightning strike before the fire started, according to neighbor Randy Bessette. The residents, who were living in a camper behind the house at the …

Documentary chronicles Maine-built ship Raw Faith that sank in 2010

By William Davis on July 18, 2013, at 11:07 a.m.
SeaWorthy Productions is pleased to announce the release of the feature documentary RawFaith with its premier screening at the Maine International Film Festival on July 19 and 20. Filmed over seven years, the story of RawFaith is spun from the deck of a home built 88 foot Galleon. Built by …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage fundraising slows as Cutler, Michaud trumpet energy ‘to change the leadership in Augusta’

By Christopher Cousins and William Davis on July 16, 2013, at 12:32 a.m.
Two candidates preparing to face off against incumbent Republican Paul LePage in the 2014 governor’s race raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the first half of 2013, while LePage saw his fundraising efforts slip. LePage raised $123,000 in the first half of 2013, bringing his total …
Garrett Wilkin, left, organizer of the Bangor branch of the National Day of Civic Hacking, and Kyle Frick of Eddington celebrate a success while building an exhibit for the Maine Discovery Museum that can be controlled over the Internet.

Maine coders spend weekend hacking local government

By William Davis on June 02, 2013, at 8:25 p.m.
BANGOR | On the nicest days of the year so far, 20 programmers in Bangor spent the weekend inside, donating time to hack projects for their local governments. The projects in Bangor included a tool to track the location of city vehicles such as snow plows and street sweepers …

Hackers tackle City of Bangor’s problems

By William Davis on June 02, 2013, at 8 p.m.
Civic-minded coders worked all weekend, including through Saturday night, to find solutions to problems posed by the city of Bangor.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gestures with a thumbs up after the Russian Soyuz space capsule landed some 90 miles southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan, in central Kazakhstan May 14, 2013.

Astronauts fresh from space touch down in Bangor on their way home

By William Davis on May 14, 2013, at 9:47 p.m.
Two astronauts who returned Monday from the International Space Station touched down briefly in Bangor on Tuesday as they made their way from Kazakhstan to Houston. Canadian Chris Hadfield, who served as commander for the space station’s Expedition 35, tweeted at 8:15 p.m.: “Back in North America! …

Calais woman hits turkey, shattering windshield, on I-95 in Sidney

By William Davis on May 11, 2013, at 2:37 p.m.
A woman driving a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck that she just bought hit a wild turkey while driving in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 in Sidney on Saturday. The turkey shattered her windshield, but the driver, Jessica McCook of Calais, was uninjured. McCook was heading to Augusta to meet …
David Coon

Bangor man charged with murder in death of woman who lived with him

By Nok-Noi Ricker and William Davis on May 06, 2013, at 1:44 p.m.
Police arrested a local man on a charge of murder Monday in connection with the death of the woman who lived with him, calling it a case of domestic violence. David Coon, 50, who lives at 23 Jefferson St., is accused of killing Sherry Clifford, 49, who …