Michael J. Dowd

Metro and Standards Editor

Michael J. Dowd is Metro and Standards Editor of the Bangor Daily News. Dowd, a 32-year veteran, leads a team of reporters covering Greater Bangor and the issues important to Maine cities and service centers across the state. As Standards Editor, Mike leads weekly print critiques of the BDN, review/ approve corrections, and contribute perspective about newsroom initiatives to ensure they dovetail with the BDN's journalistic and community standards. A Bangor native, Dowd began his career at the BDN as a sportswriter and has worked as a sports columnist, state desk co-editor, city editor, night news editor,  managing editor and editor-in-chief. Dowd is a member of the Maine Committee on Media and Courts and the Maine Press Association. He works closely with Anthony Ronzio, director of news and new media.  
Volunteers prepare to launch a floating sculpture into the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor on Thursday evening.

Artist tries to launch floating sculpture in Kenduskeag Stream

By Evan Belanger and Michael J. Dowd on June 11, 2015, at 8:18 p.m.
BANGOR | Using ropes, two-by-fours and a pair of concrete anchors, Maine artist Anna Hepler and a small group of volunteers hoisted and dropped her floating sculpture off a footbridge into the Kenduskeag Stream on Thursday evening. The launch was only partially successful. Hepler’s creation, which consists of a …

Artist’s sculpture is pushed into Kenduskeag Stream

By Michael J. Dowd on June 11, 2015, at 7:56 p.m.
Artist Anna Hepler’s floating sculpture is put in the Kenduskeag Stream on Thursday.
Interstate 95 northbound between Newport and Bangor was shut down Wednesday morning because of a pileup involving 75 vehicles.

Off-duty Waterville EMT quick to identify injured amid I-95 chaos

By Michael J. Dowd on Feb. 25, 2015, at 7:05 p.m.
HAMPDEN | Al Nygren had finished his shift at the Waterville Fire Department and was driving home to Hampden early Wednesday morning when he saw red taillights flash in front of him through the snow falling on Interstate 95. “I saw the brake lights, I saw they had stopped, …
Noram Rossignol, Army Infantry, salutes the flags as the University of Maine presents arms during a ceremony honoring veterans on Monday outside University of Maine's Fogler Library in Orono.

Veterans honored during ceremony at University of Maine

By Michael J. Dowd on Nov. 10, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine paid tribute to veterans with a ceremony that included past and current members of the military, students and university officials on Monday on the steps of the Fogler Library. About 40 people attended the noontime event, which included patriotic music from the university’s …
A man stoops and gazes at the remains of 20 Noyes St. in Portland on Monday. Five people died at a fire at the house on Saturday. Steven Summers died at Massachusetts General Hospital where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the fire.

Rockland man dies of injuries from Portland house fire, becoming 6th fatality

By Michael J. Dowd on Nov. 04, 2014, at 8:35 p.m.
BOSTON, Massachusetts — A Rockland man died Tuesday from injuries he suffered in a weekend house fire in Portland that killed five other people, officials confirmed. Steven Summers, 29, died at 5:29 p.m. at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland. Summers was severely burned during …
Greg Canders of Bangor holds what he believes to be a cockatiel he found in a tree in his front yard Friday evening in Bangor.

Bangor man finds cockatiel in tree, seeks owner

By Michael J. Dowd on Oct. 31, 2014, at 7:44 p.m.
Anyone missing a pet cockatiel? That’s what Greg Canders wants to know. Canders was in his front yard on the east side of Bangor just before 6 p.m. Friday when he heard a rustling of feathers in his ornamental spruce tree. “I saw it was a white …
Fire crews work to put out a house fire at 40 Dillingham Street Friday afternoon in Bangor.

Woman injured re-entering burning house in Bangor in attempt to save her dogs

By Michael J. Dowd on Jan. 17, 2014, at 1:51 p.m.
A home on Dillingham Street was damaged by fire on Friday afternoon, and the blaze sent one woman to the hospital. The fire at 40 Dillingham Street broke out at 12:54, and crews were on the scene five minutes later, Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Rick Cheverie said. …
The Bangor Daily News building on the corner of Buck and Main Streets in Bangor.

Sale of Bangor Daily News building falls through, publisher says

By Michael J. Dowd on Feb. 11, 2013, at 8:51 p.m.
The sale of the Bangor Publishing Company’s building on Main Street to an affiliate of Ocean Properties has fallen through, Bangor Daily News Publisher Richard J. Warren said Monday. Bangor Publishing Co., which owns the Bangor Daily News, last week signed an agreement to sell the company’s …

Bangor Daily News announces changes to news operations

By Michael J. Dowd on Aug. 08, 2011, at 6:34 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News is announcing several changes that have taken place this summer to better serve readers of our digital and print products. We’ve added an award-winning journalist to our staff, repositioned reporters and editors, and reconfigured our production processes to publish more stories, photos, videos …

Cape Elizabeth man dead, NJ man charged in fatal Farmington shooting

By BDN Staff Report on June 01, 2011, at 11:18 a.m.
State and Farmington police have charged someone in the shooting death of a young man inside an apartment late Tuesday night. Dead is Andrew Holland, 23, of Cape Elizabeth. Charged with elevated aggravated assault is 23-year-old Ryan Ouimet of Coltsneck, N.J.  Ouimet is being held at the …

Bangor Police announce Thursday waterfront concert parking regulations

By Michael J. Dowd on May 19, 2011, at 9:14 a.m.
Following are parking regulations for Thursday’s waterfront concert: Handicap parking will be provided along Front Street. All on-street parking spaces (from the Sea Dog restaurant to Railroad Street) will be temporarily posted for handicap parking (approximately 20 spaces).  Event staff will be on site assisting those in …

Bangor Daily News to feature special edition on Great Fire of 1911

By Michael J. Dowd on April 28, 2011, at 3:52 p.m.
When you look at the front page of the print edition of the Bangor Daily News this weekend, you’ll immediately notice something different. Instead of seeing the latest news from 2011, you will be transported back in time 100 years to the fateful day when fire ravaged much of downtown …

Stories we are pursuing Tuesday

By Michael J. Dowd on Feb. 08, 2011, at 12:57 p.m.
Heating oil prices have increased for 10 consecutive weeks and are now 70 cents higher per gallon than last year at this time. As the winter rages on, homeowners are adjusting their budgets to deal with the increased costs. Reporter: Eric Russell   Old Town, Bradley and Alton residents are …
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Stories we are pursuing Monday

By Michael J. Dowd on Feb. 07, 2011, at 12:12 p.m.
Homeowners and businesses want to get the snow off their roofs before water and structural damage occurs. What should they look for when hiring a contractor or individual to do the work? What are the potential liabilities? We’ll provide answers. Reporter: Andrew Neff Rep. Paul Davis has submitted a bill …
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Stories we are pursuing Monday

By Michael J. Dowd on Jan. 31, 2011, at 12:13 p.m.
The sanity trial of Randall Hofland, the man found guilty last week of taking a classroom of students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School in 2008, is under way in a Belfast court. The unusual proceeding, stemming from Hofland entering a second plea several months ago, involves jurors determining whether …
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Stories we are pursuing Friday

By Michael J. Dowd on Jan. 28, 2011, at 1:08 p.m.
Student researchers at the University of Maine are seeking people who are in recovery from substance abuse to determine the role of personal resiliency in successful recovery. What can we learn from this? Reporter: Meg Haskell The kidnapping trial of Randall Hofland, the man accused of taking a classroom of …
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Stories we are pursuing Thursday

By Michael J. Dowd on Jan. 27, 2011, at 12:24 p.m.
Flu in Maine is now widespread. State epidemiologist and acting head of Maine Center for Disease Control Dr. Stephen Sears says it’s not too late to get a vaccination and that this year’s vaccine is a good match for the strains of virus that are circulating. Reporter: Meg Haskell John …

Stories we are pursuing Monday

By Michael J. Dowd on Jan. 24, 2011, at 11:35 a.m.
Maine’s mental health system increasingly relies on the availability of community services that feature treatment delivered at patients’ homes and through local agencies as opposed to inpatient …

Stories we are pursuing Thursday

By Michael J. Dowd on Jan. 20, 2011, at 12:41 p.m.
A bill has been introduced this legislative session to end the practice of police stopping drivers in Maine merely for not wearing a seat belt. We’ll get reaction from police and driver safety …

Stories we are pursuing Wednesday

By Michael J. Dowd on Jan. 19, 2011, at 11:36 a.m.
Our staff is continuing to follow developments in Tuesday’s credit union robbery in downtown Bangor. Police are releasing few details as they continue the manhunt for the male suspect. We’ll have …
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