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.

Man missing after trying to swim across Aroostook County lake

By William P. Davis on July 28, 2012, at 10:43 a.m.
MAPLETON, Maine — Police are searching for a man who went missing while attempting to swim across an Aroostook County lake at about 10:30 Friday evening, according to officials. The 30-year-old man, whose name has not been released pending notification of his family, was part of a group of four …

Carmel woman killed, husband seriously injured in ATV accident

By William P. Davis on July 28, 2012, at 10:29 a.m.
CARMEL, Maine — Police suspect alcohol was a factor in an ATV accident that killed a Carmel woman and left her husband seriously injured Friday evening, according to officials. Joyce Girt, 58, was found dead and her husband, Robert Girt, 67, was pinned underneath his four-wheeler when Etna Fire and …
Robert Terrill, wanted for questioning by Maine State Police in a shooting in Mexico. Police say he may be wearing the pants pictured.

Man shot in the head in Mexico mobile home

By William P. Davis on July 24, 2012, at 11:29 a.m.
MEXICO, Maine — A man is in grave condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a Tuesday morning shooting inside a mobile home in Mexico. Thomas Joudrey, 30, is being treated for a gunshot wound to the head, according to a news release from Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the …
Phillip Gardiner

Police catch convicts who walked out of Charleston jail

By William P. Davis on July 12, 2012, at 6:35 a.m.
CHARLESTON, Maine — Two convicts who walked out of the Charleston Correctional Facility on Sunday were captured by police late Wednesday evening, according to officials. Randall Moulton, 20, of Bangor and Phillip Gardiner, 24, broke out and were on the loose in the Glenburn area. Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Judy …
Rescue Personnel prepare to carry out a 16-year-old Wisconsin girl who injured her ankle while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Appalachian trail hiker, 16, carried from 100-mile wilderness after injuring ankle

By William P. Davis on July 07, 2012, at 10:03 p.m.
TOWNSHIP 7 RANGE 9, Maine — A teen hiker was carried out Saturday morning by game wardens and other rescue personnel after she injured her ankle while hiking on the Appalachian Trail on Friday evening, according to officials. The teen, whose name has not been released, was with a group …
Firefighters responded to a two-story structure fire at a residence in Stetson on Saturday.

Family loses dog and tortoise; cats missing after Stetson fire

By William P. Davis on June 16, 2012, at 11:30 p.m.
STETSON, Maine — A Stetson family escaped unharmed but lost their pet dog and tortoise and can’t find their cats after a Saturday evening fire. Joyce Estabrooke said her family had gone to bed when she smelled smoke shortly before 10 p.m. at her 247 Lapoint Road home. When firefighters …
Six candidates participate in the Republican U.S. Senate candidate forum at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Wednesday. From left are Attorney General William Schneider, state Sen. Debra Plowman, State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, Rick Bennett of Oxford, Scott D'Amboise of Lisbon and Secretary of State Charles Summers.

Does interest translate into votes? See which candidates people are reading about

By William P. Davis on June 11, 2012, at 3:15 p.m.
It’s the day before the election, and as we finalize our coverage plans for the following day, talk around the office traditionally turns to who will come out on top when the polls close. This year we offer one more way to cloud any predictions: A look at the traffic …

New Beta version of Docs to WordPress

on May 10, 2012, at 11:19 a.m.
I’m working on a new version of the Docs to WordPress plugin and would love it if a few people could field test it to make sure I didn’t screw anything up. There were mostly a few simple fixes, though I added a new extender that allows you to use …

Updates to the Docs to WordPress plugin forthcoming. What would you like to see?

on May 08, 2012, at 11:08 a.m.
I will be working shortly on some upgrades to the Docs to WordPress plugin and wanted to get some input on what people would like to see in the next version. There have been a lot of great ideas floated in the comments section on previous posts but I’d like to …

Study: Maine is fifth-worst state for business taxes

By William P. Davis on April 17, 2012, at 3:40 p.m.
Maine’s business tax system is one of the worst in the country but is making gains, according to a report released Monday by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. Maine was 46th overall for the second year in a row in a ranking of the 50 states and the District …

Knight News Challenge

on April 12, 2012, at 10:13 p.m.
Just a quick shoutout: The BDN is very honored that our submission to the Knight News Challenge made it to Round 2. Our proposal is to take what we’ve done at the BDN, rewrite the code now that we have a better idea of what we’re doing and package it …
Patrons play poker at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor just after the the opening of table games at the casino Friday, March 16, 2012.

Bangor casino revenue declined in 2011; customers almost exclusively from Maine

By William P. Davis and Andrew Neff on April 12, 2012, at 5:55 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — After five continuous years of growth, revenues at the Hollywood Casino dropped off for the first time in 2011 as the New England gambling market becomes more competitive, according to a new report. The declining revenues came before the casino added table games to its lineup in …
Most of the people who move to Maine are from the Northeast, but the state also draws prominently from Florida, California and Virginia.

New census numbers show where Mainers are moving, which counties are growing

By William P. Davis on March 29, 2012, at 5:04 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Androscoggin and Penobscot counties are growing while Kennebec and Sagadahoc counties are shrinking, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data provide a county-by-county breakdown of movement between any two counties in the U.S. during a five-year period and show that Mainers have …

BDN opens statewide digital marketing agency in partnership with Dream Local

By William P. Davis on Jan. 12, 2012, at 1:17 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Daily News and Thomaston-based Dream Local Digital have partnered to offer expanded marketing services for Maine businesses looking to grow in the digital market. The agency, which will operate under the BDN Maine brand, will help clients with lead generation, local search services and social, …
<h4 class="blackHed"><a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/03/25/news/maine-warden-service-pilot-crashes-plane-in-piscataquis-county/">25. Maine Warden pilot crashes in Piscataquis County</a></h4>
Daryl Gordon, a 25-year veteran of the Maine Warden Service, died in March when <a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/03/25/news/maine-warden-service-pilot-crashes-plane-in-piscataquis-county/">his plane crashed in a remote section of Piscataquis County</a>. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigated the incident, said <a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/14/news/ntsb-report-notes-lengthy-debris-field-in-crash-that-killed-longtime-warden-pilot/">debris was scattered across 350 feet</a> and that there was extensive damage to the main cabin.

The 25 most-read stories of 2011

By William P. Davis on Dec. 29, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.
For many communities in Maine, 2011 was a year of tragedy, with death shocking small towns such as Dexter, Frankfort, Winterport and Dover-Foxcroft. Stories involving children, such as the ongoing search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, who disappeared from her father’s residence in Waterville, hit especially close to home for many people. …

Setting the head of a post using a delimiter in your doc

on Dec. 22, 2011, at 3:56 p.m.
I’ve gotten a lot of requests from people using our Docs to WordPress plugin on how to set a headline that’s different from the title of your Doc, such as we do at the BDN using a pipe. This isn’t a standard feature of the plugin, but the plugin does include …
Protesters are arrested on the lawn of the Blaine House during a rally by Occupy Augusta, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Augusta. Police say eight people were charged with criminal trespass and failure to disperse after refusing to leave the lawn of the governor's mansion.

9 Occupy members arrested after jumping fence to governor’s mansion

By William P. Davis on Nov. 27, 2011, at 2:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Nine members of the Occupy Augusta movement were arrested Sunday after a group of people jumped the fence surrounding the Blaine House and unfurled a banner that read “End corporate rule now” on the portico. The arrests are the first in Maine in connection with official Occupy …
The OccupyMaine Thanksgiving dinner consisted of half a dozen turkeys and many kinds of mashed potatoes and pie.

Occupy Thanksgiving: Protesters ‘taken care of’ by Mainers

By Dawn Gagnon and William P. Davis on Nov. 24, 2011, at 6:52 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — OccupyMaine protesters dug peacefully into their donated Thanksgiving turkeys here Thursday while their counterparts with Occupy Wall Street in New York City nearly clashed with police before finishing off their holiday meals. About 500 protesters were digging into donated turkey and all the trimmings when police told …
Ray Bussiere shovels his walkway at his home on Royal Road in Bangor on Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

10 inches of snow blankets Maine, just in time for holiday travel

By William P. Davis and Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 23, 2011, at 6:41 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — The state’s second snowstorm of the season made traveling difficult before the Thanksgiving holiday. More than 10 inches was recorded before noon in Durham, Otisfield, Hope, Bethel and Sebago. Southern coastal areas were getting primarily rain. Portland saw mostly rain overnight and Wednesday morning, but it still …
President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.

Obama references crumbling Westbrook bridge in speech

By William P. Davis on Oct. 06, 2011, at 3:03 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During remarks urging Congress to pass his jobs bill, President Barack Obama made reference to the Cumberland Street bridge in Westbrook, which he says is in such bad shape it is crumbling. The bridge was closed for more than 24 hours this week after a worker found …
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