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.
Expected snowfall on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Tuesday storm could drop 14 inches or more of snow on Portland area, northern Maine

By William Davis on March 18, 2013, at 7:25 a.m.
Editor’s Note: This story was posted in March 2013, and is not about a current storm. For information about the storm forecast to hit the Eastern U.S. in Nov. 2013, click here. GRAY, Maine — A storm expected to arrive late Monday night could drop up to 14 inches of …
John Jaques, founder of the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science charter school in Portland, in January 2013.

Ousted founder of Portland charter school says he owns ideas, cuts off access to documents, email

By William Davis on March 08, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland charter school founder who was ousted Thursday as executive director has cut off the board’s access to its website, email and documents, according to the board’s vice chairman. “He has locked us out,” Allison Crean Davis, vice chairman of Baxter Academy’s board of directors, told …

Man knocked off pier into Portland bay during storm, officials say

By William Davis on Feb. 09, 2013, at 11:12 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A man is being treated for hypothermia after he spent at least five minutes in the ocean after being knocked off a pier into Portland’s Casco Bay during Saturday’s historic storm, according to officials. The man, whose boat was docked at the pier, fell into the ocean …
A man walks down Third Street in Bangor during a winter storm that hit the city early Saturday morning and continued throughout the day.

Portland gets record snowfall, but Gorham has deepest snow with 35.5 inches

By Nok-Noi Ricker and William Davis on Feb. 09, 2013, at 5:58 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland has broken its snowfall record by more than 4 1/2 inches, and will see even more accumulate as the day progresses, according to the national weather service. Portland Jetport was reporting 31.9 inches of snow as of 2 p.m. The record was broken when the reading …
Maine Gov. Paul LePage delivers his State of the State address in in the house chambers in Augusta on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

How much did LePage go off script? Compare his prepared remarks to what he actually said

By William Davis on Feb. 06, 2013, at 1:28 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage is well-known as an off-the-cuff speaker, and even in a major address like Tuesday’s State of the State, LePage really only used his prepared remarks as a guide. Maine’s governor doesn’t use a TelePrompTer as is common for most politicians. (President Barack Obama rarely speaks without a …

Fact-checking the State of the State and the Democratic response

By Robert Long and William Davis on Feb. 05, 2013, at 11:56 p.m.
The BDN staff looked into some of the claims made by Gov. Paul LePage in his State of the State address and the Democratic response on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

Full video of Gov. Paul LePage’s 2nd State of the State address

By William Davis on Feb. 05, 2013, at 11:03 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage delivered his 2nd State of the State address on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

Statement on Monday morning’s malware warnings on the BDN website

By William Davis on Feb. 04, 2013, at 3:21 p.m.
A network problem from an online advertising provider on Monday prompted malicious software warnings across many popular news websites, including bangordailynews.com. Visitors to the BDN website were not at any time exposed to any advertisements or software that could have affected their computers, and the issue is now reportedly resolved. …

Body believed to be of 92-year-old man found after Somerville fire

By William Davis on Jan. 25, 2013, at 12:23 a.m.
SOMERVILLE, Maine — Officials have recovered a body from rubble after a Lincoln County house and barn were destroyed by fire, according to officials. Police believe the the body is that of Cecil Brann, 92, who lived alone in the house, according to a news release from Maine Department of …

Passenger dies from injuries in Palermo crash with tractor-trailer

By William Davis on Jan. 17, 2013, at 8:07 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The passenger in a Jeep that crashed head-on with a tractor-trailer on Wednesday has died, according to police. Dean Camacho, 27, of Waterville died overnight at Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to a news release from Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. …
One of the men suspected of robbing a Portland apartment at gunpoint on Friday.

Police seeking men who robbed Portland apartment of money, prescription drugs at gunpoint

By William Davis on Jan. 12, 2013, at 8:04 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Police are searching for two white males after an armed robbery at an apartment at 132 Marginal Way on Friday evening, according to officials. The men forced their way into an apartment around 8 p.m. using a shotgun and a handgun and demanded money and drugs, according …

The 23 homicide victims of 2012 in Maine

By William Davis on Dec. 31, 2012, at 5:11 p.m.
In all, 23 people were killed in 19 incidents, including 10 domestic violence homicides. Fourteen people were fatally shot, and five people were fatally stabbed. Bangor, Lamoine and Old Orchard Beach were the only cities with multiple homicides. In Bangor, six people were killed in four incidents. In Lamoine, three …
Kansas City Chiefs' Jovan Belcher (59) stands on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., in September.  Police say Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager.

At UMaine, Belcher was involved in Male Athletes Against Violence; impact ‘was boundless’

By William Davis on Dec. 01, 2012, at 8:16 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The news that former UMaine football player  and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday was met with uniform reaction by his former teammates and coaches: Shock. “I’m hard-pressed to find or recall a young man who had more of …

Wife finds husband unconscious, dog dead in Freeport home

By William Davis on Nov. 17, 2012, at 1:20 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A Freeport man is in the hospital in critical condition after his wife found him unconscious and their dog dead from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, according to officials. The wife went to the house, at 3 Woodside Lane in Freeport, shortly before 10:30 Saturday morning after the …

SNL’s ‘Gay couple from Maine’ accents are more Swedish than Down East

By William Davis on Nov. 11, 2012, at 12:14 p.m.
“Saturday Night Live” found humor in the idea of lobstermen making eyes at each other. The problem? The accents are more Swedish than Maine. But, as former BDN Business Editor Matt Wickenheiser notes on Facebook: “You guys have the wrong perspective: There’s NYC, then everyplace else.”
The best kind of snow for a snowman. This one was built in Eddington. About four to six inces of snow blanketed the Bangor region by Thursday morning.

First snowstorm causes flurry of accidents, school delays in Southern Maine

By William Davis on Nov. 08, 2012, at 7:01 a.m.
GRAY, Maine — Police are dealing with as many as 20 accidents following Maine’s first snowstorm of the season. A few of the accidents are serious, according to a dispatcher for the Maine State Police barracks in Gray, but most of the accidents in Cumberland and Penobscot counties are simply …
A photo illustration from the Sun Journal newspaper showing some of the political mailers that have been clogging up mailboxes this season.

One man’s mail: A look at the 60 political pamphlets that have plagued my inbox

By William Davis on Nov. 04, 2012, at 9:01 a.m.
I am to political campaigns like soft babies are to mosquitoes, apparently. By the end of a long, expensive campaign season, we’ve all probably experienced every form of political advertising. You can’t watch TV for more than a few minutes without seeing an ad, Google now can deliver messages targeted …
Independent Angus King (left) and Republican Charlie Summers shake hands following the debate at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

New polls show Senate race substantially as it was in June, despite multimillion-dollar price tag

By William Davis on Nov. 04, 2012, at 8:02 a.m.
The candidates for U.S. Senate in Maine have raised and spent more than $5.5 million to influence voters, and outside groups have spent millions more, but three polls conducted in the week before Election Day suggest support for the candidates remains largely unchanged since the primary. Angus King holds a …
Independent Angus King and Republican Charlie Summers shake hands following the debate at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Fact-checking the US Senate candidates as they debate in Lewiston

By Matthew Stone, Robert Long, Susan Young and William Davis on Sept. 17, 2012, at 8:38 p.m.
During Monday’s U.S. Senate debate in Lewiston, BDN staffers looked into some of the statements and claims made by the candidates — state Sen. Cynthia Dill, a Democrat; Angus King, a two-term independent governor; and Charlie Summers, the Republican candidate and Maine’s secretary of state. Here is what we found. …
Maine is known for how diverse it isn't.

Study names Bangor, Portland, Lewiston on least diverse cities list

By William Davis on Sept. 10, 2012, at 7:12 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A study from Brown University that scores metro areas based on diversity has listed Maine’s top three cities as some of the least diverse areas in the United States. The Bangor, Portland-South Portland-Biddeford and Lewiston-Auburn areas all were listed in the bottom 25 metro areas in the …
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