Seth Koenig

Seth Koenig

Portland Bureau Chief

Seth Koenig, producer In 2011, the BDN hired Durham, Maine native Seth Koenig to launch southern Maine coverage. In 2014, he was named the Maine Press Association’s top news blogger, something he’s very proud of and which is a title he intends to reclaim in 2016. Previously, he spent five years working for The Times Record in Bath and Brunswick, during which time he was named Journalist of the Year by both the New England Newspaper & Press Association and the Maine Press Association. While a student at UMass Amherst, he served as editor-in-chief of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, a school newspaper with a regional distribution and readership of 30,000. Seth coaches youth soccer and basketball, serves on the Durham Historic District Commission, plays in an indoor soccer league, manages his children’s YouTube channel and serves as a U.S. Navy Reserve officer. He serves on the advisory board for the USM student newspaper, the Free Press, and has judged annual journalism contests for the NH Press Association and Journalism Association of Community Colleges, among other trade and training organizations. Prior journalism work included stints with The Forecaster in Falmouth ME, and on the sports desk at The Recorder in Greenfield MA. nalist of the year.

The thing Mainers say they hate most (is what some of you will be doing tonight)

on July 21, 2017, at 4:57 p.m.
Plus, news about a Portland bakery and the development of Saco Island.
Susan Briggs holds the last photo ever taken of her stepdaughter, Jessica, during an interview with CBS 13's Jon Chrisos.

Victim’s stepmother says judge should step down in decades-old murder case

By Seth Koenig on July 21, 2017, at 10:54 a.m.
A hearing could throw out the 25-year-old murder conviction of Anthony Sanborn Jr., the stepmother of the victim in that case is calling for the judge to step down.

Kermit the Frog is a ‘bitter, angry, depressed victim’

on July 20, 2017, at 5:29 p.m.
Plus, now you can really name Portland’s new hockey team.
Sebastian Kelley, 30, of Portland has been missing since June 17.

Police divers searching Maine river for ‘clues’ about missing Portland man

By Seth Koenig on July 20, 2017, at 5:07 p.m.
Portland police have described Sebastian Kelley as 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, and a neck tattoo which reads “Willow Grace.”
Mayor Ethan Strimling speaks to reporters after giving his State of the City address in Portland on Monday night.

Portland mayor wants to require developers to include more low-income housing

By Seth Koenig on July 20, 2017, at 11:11 a.m.
Mayor Ethan Strimling wants to require developers in the city to include more low-income housing in their projects.

Netflix is moving in on your sweetheart

on July 19, 2017, at 6:14 p.m.
Also in your nightly newsletter, Portland took a step toward getting a 68-foot-tall cold storage building for its waterfront.

Why ravens should be in charge

on July 18, 2017, at 5:20 p.m.
Also, can you tell the difference between a real photograph and a faked one? Most people can’t.

A female ‘Doctor Who,’ opioid prescriptions and a big Maine newspaper sale

on July 17, 2017, at 5:59 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter: Why scientists are injecting rabies into ferrets. On purpose.

Teens from New York, Tennessee arrested for Portland store robbery

By Seth Koenig on July 17, 2017, at 12:52 p.m.
The teenagers allegedly entered the Cumberland Farms store at 49 Pine St. just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks and armed with handguns, then threatened the clerk and demanded money.

Cyndi Lauper brings Susan Collins on-stage: ‘She’s my hero … and she’s a Republican’

on July 14, 2017, at 10:50 p.m.
“She helped us so much with the LGBT homeless youth and all the homeless kids,” Lauper said.

The city manager wasn’t pulling punches with the mayor

on July 14, 2017, at 4:51 p.m.
Also, are we seeing the end of the tiny house craze?

How a beautiful moonrise could mean the aliens are coming

on July 13, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter, another contender for the Blaine House and what’s irritating folks about this year’s upcoming Clam Fest.
People climb rocks to get a better vantage point of Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park.

National Park Service to increase prices of senior passes eightfold

By Seth Koenig on July 13, 2017, at 2:20 p.m.
On Aug. 28, the National Park Service will increase the price of its lifetime senior passes from $10 to $80.
Ronald Parsons, 84, went missing the evening of Monday, July 10, in Portland. He was found Wednesday.

Missing Portland man, 84, found after hitchhiking to camp in Androscoggin County

By Seth Koenig on July 13, 2017, at 11:16 a.m.
Portland police announced late Wednesday that an elderly man who went missing earlier in the week has been found.

They can teleport things into outer space now

on July 12, 2017, at 6:02 p.m.
A space vacation is still a long ways off, but Halifax about to become pretty accessible.
Ronald Parson, 84, went missing the evening of Monday, July 10, in Portland.

Portland police search for local man, 84, who went missing

By Seth Koenig on July 12, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
He was last seen Monday at The Woods at Canco, a senior living facility.

This 60-year-old Portland rabbi is a powerlifter. Her name is Braun. Of course.

on July 11, 2017, at 4:56 p.m.
In tonight’s edition of The Express newsletter: Maybe Amelia Earhart didn’t crash on the Marshall Islands after all.

We need to talk about our lobster rolls

on July 10, 2017, at 6:15 p.m.
Also, why can’t monkeys talk?
Kennebunk police say this truck was involved in a fatal collision with a woman on a bicycle. (Courtesy of Kennebunk police)

Maine woman dies from injuries suffered in bicycle-truck collision

By Seth Koenig on July 07, 2017, at 6:14 p.m.
A 46-year-old Kennebunk woman died Friday from the injuries sustained by a collision with a pickup truck earlier in the week, local police said.
Images of Hope Island from its listing by Christie's International Real Estate.

Maine’s ‘magical island kingdom’ with mansion, tavern and chapel for sale for nearly $8M

By Seth Koenig on July 07, 2017, at 5:51 p.m.
The online listing for the 86-acre island property by Christie’s International Real Estate calls it “one of Maine’s most extraordinary estates” and “a unique world unto itself.”