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.
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 | 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.
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 …

Holden police arrest man on 23-year-old warrant out of Belfast

By William Davis on Sept. 09, 2012, at 6:45 p.m.
A man who caused a disturbance at a Holden trailer park Sunday was arrested on a warrant issued in 1989, according to officials. The warrant was the oldest one the officer Chris Greeley of the Holden Police Department has dealt with in his two-decade-long career, he said …

Bloggers cut by Down East magazine find new homes

By William Davis on Aug. 13, 2012, at 11:45 a.m.
Two bloggers who lost an outlet when Down East magazine cut its paid blogs have found new homes for their writing. Mike Tipping, who writes about politics and works for the Maine People’s Alliance and the Maine People’s Resource Center, now blogs for the BDN’s politics section as of last …

Carmel woman’s death likely not connected to husband’s ATV accident, officials say

By William Davis on Aug. 01, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Officials know little about what caused the death of Carmel resident Joyce Girt, but  indications are that she was not involved in the ATV accident that seriously injured her husband. The body of Joyce Girt, 58, was found Friday evening in her driveway next to her ATV, …
Daniel Herbert Whitehouse

Sanford man arrested in Madison after drunkenly hitting traffic barrels, police say

By William Davis on July 29, 2012, at 2:30 p.m.
A Sanford man was arrested early Saturday morning after he hit traffic barrels surrounding a construction site, according to police. Daniel Herbert Whitehouse, 46, of Sanford ran over the barrels near the intersection of Routes 201 and 148, Sgt. David Trask said Sunday. “The intersection is being …

Man missing after trying to swim across Aroostook County lake

By William Davis on July 28, 2012, at 10:43 a.m.
MAPLETON | 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 Davis on July 28, 2012, at 10:29 a.m.
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 Davis on July 24, 2012, at 11:29 a.m.
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 Davis on July 12, 2012, at 6:35 a.m.
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 Davis on July 07, 2012, at 10:03 p.m.
TOWNSHIP 7 RANGE 9 | 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 Davis on June 16, 2012, at 11:30 p.m.
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 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 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 …