Seth Koenig

Seth Koenig

Portland Bureau Chief

Seth Koenig, formerly of the Brunswick Times Record, covers the Greater Portland area for the Bangor Daily News. He has been named both New England Journalist of the Year and Maine Journalist of the year.

Portland library to host $5-million, 400-year-old Shakespeare book

on Feb. 26, 2015, at 4:04 p.m.
There may be no writers better known in history than William Shakespeare, and the so-called First Folios — a series of 1623 printings of 36 of his best-known plays — are considered among the most valuable printed books in the world. According to a story today in the Washington Post, …

Chef files lawsuit accusing Portland police of brutality

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 25, 2015, at 5:41 p.m.
A Saco man is suing the Portland Police Department and several individuals therein for a 2013 incident in which he said officers used excessive force against him. Steven Tuggle said in his lawsuit that police were called to break up an argument between his girlfriend and her …

Portland police looking for woman accused of using pepper spray on store clerk

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 25, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
Portland police are on the lookout for a woman they say sprayed a convenience store clerk with pepper spray and bit him before fleeing in a robbery attempt early Wednesday morning. According to a late Wednesday afternoon news release issued by Portland police Lt. James Sweatt, the …

Check out Portland police turn water into snow in this video

on Feb. 24, 2015, at 6:10 p.m.
Every so often, it gets so bitterly cold that you can actually go outside, throw a cup of water into the air and — instead of hearing it splash on the pavement — watch it seemingly dissolve into a cloud of snow. Today, Portland broke a nearly five-decade-old record with …
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Yelp, Huffington Post reveal which types of stores are the most ‘wildly popular’ in Maine

on Feb. 24, 2015, at 4:29 p.m.
The business review site Yelp teamed up with the online newspaper Huffington Post to release a map of what they called “the most wildly popular type of store in each state.” To determine the most popular store types in each state, Yelp calculated the most prevalent types of stores in each …
Students make their way to classes at the University of Maine in Orono on Feb. 17, 2015.

Citing management turmoil, ratings agency drops UMaine’s bond outlook to ‘negative’

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 24, 2015, at 11:42 a.m.
PORTLAND | The credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s revised its outlook on the University of Maine System from “stable” to “negative,” the firm announced Monday, citing dropping enrollments and tuition revenues, as well as unstable leadership throughout the system’s network of seven universities. “The revised negative outlook and …

Portland’s next big development project could redefine the city for decades

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 5:41 p.m.
The Portland Planning Board Tuesday is scheduled to hold a public hearing — and potentially a vote — on a requested rezone of the storied Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore St. While workshops about this zoning change have been going on since last August, a recommendation by the Planning Board …

Faculty member appointed to lead ‘metropolitan university’ effort at USM

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 23, 2015, at 5:04 p.m.
PORTLAND | Interim University of Southern Maine President David Flanagan announced Monday that he has appointed Lynn Kuzma, an associate professor of history and political science, to lead the school’s high-profile effort to reinvent itself as Maine’s “metropolitan university.” “The metropolitan university mission is why this university is here, …
Chief U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock at the Gracie Theater, Husson University, in this 2014 BDN file photo.

Crusader against clergy abuse ordered to pay former priest’s legal fees

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 20, 2015, at 5:39 p.m.
PORTLAND | A federal judge ordered a Freeport man accused of defaming a former Catholic priest to pay his opponents’ legal fees as punishment for defying a court order. U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock on Friday found Paul Kendrick in contempt of court for releasing confidential information gathered …

‘The Dude abides': Saturday night’s ‘Viva Lebowski’ event could be the biggest yet

on Feb. 20, 2015, at 1:31 p.m.
If Dave Cousins isn’t careful, he might get mistaken for Jeffrey Lebowski. And the last time there was a case of mistaken identities involving a Lebowski, hijinks ensued. “I’ll watch this movie once a month,” said Cousins. “People who really know will hear me pulling Lebowski quotes into my everyday life, …
Navy veteran Roger Goodoak (yellow jacket) and his son Kevin, 16, (in orange) hands out boots and hats to people outside the Oxford Street Shelter in Portland on a snowy night in February. Goodoak prowls city streets twice a day in search of homeless veterans to assist, but turns no one away who needs help.

Search and recovery: A story of hope for Portland’s homeless veterans

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 20, 2015, at 1:19 p.m.
Roger Goodoak looks for people who often don’t want to be found, on the edges of a society that doesn’t often want to see them. He drives the streets of Portland in a van, pulling up alongside secluded loading docks, overhangs and patches of woods. Goodoak hands …
University of Maine System Chancellor James Page

USM’s search for president narrows to two candidates

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 20, 2015, at 11:01 a.m.
PORTLAND | The University of Southern Maine presidential search committee will forward the names of two candidates to the system chancellor after a third finalist dropped out of the running. The University of Maine system announced Friday morning the committee will ask Chancellor James Page to offer the USM …
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Gallup: Church attendance in Maine still among the lowest in America

on Feb. 18, 2015, at 3:16 p.m.
Just in time for Ash Wednesday, research firm Gallup released its latest figures on church attendance across America, and once again, Maine is among the states with the lowest church turnout. There have been a number of studies over the years showing Mainers’ statistical lack of religious conviction. In 2012, …
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Maine’s favorite love song is an oldie

on Feb. 16, 2015, at 11:07 a.m.
Big tips of the cap here to Judy Long for noticing this neat interactive display, Tableau’s Clara Siegel for devising it and BDN maps-and-charts expert Darren Fishell for helping me hoist the thing up onto one of our own #Maine posts. (How many journalists and programmers does it take to …
Annika More (left), 13, and Gabe Gladden, 13, laugh during a Lincoln Middle School handbell choir rehearsal in Portland on Friday morning.

Portland school’s handbell choir celebrates 30 years

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 14, 2015, at 10:33 a.m.
On Friday morning at Lincoln Middle School, students filed into a room and pulled on smooth, black gloves. They lined up around a long stretch of folding tables, covered with sound-dampening foam, and set up music stands. Within moments, the room was swelling with the harmonic chimes …
Harvey Kesselman, the third of three finalists for the University of Southern Maine presidency to visit in two weeks, speaks to staff members in Portland on Thursday. Kesselman has worked at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey since 1979, holding a wide variety of jobs that touched on nearly every aspect of higher education.

Candidate for USM president promises stability if named to post

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 12, 2015, at 4:17 p.m.
PORTLAND | Harvey Kesselman told faculty members Thursday he would bring stability and transparency to a University of Southern Maine presidency that some faculty have argued has lacked both in recent years. Kesselman was the third of three finalists for the school’s presidency to visit the university, following former …
Actress Victoria Rowell listens to Patrick Moynihan speak during a conference held in Bangor by the Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine Inc., in this April 2003 file photo.

Portland actress says she was ‘blackballed’ from ‘The Young & The Restless’

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 12, 2015, at 11:28 a.m.
Portland native Victoria Rowell, who played the character of Drucilla Winters on the soap opera “The Young & The Restless” for 17 years, is claiming in a lawsuit she’s been ostracized by the show’s producers because she criticized the program’s lack of diversity. People magazine was among …
Portland Acting Chief of Staff Julie Sullivan, left, and newly appointed Assistant Chief for Fire Prevention and Community Outreach Keith Gautreau listen as a member of the public speaks Feb. 3. Sullivan and Gautreau led a task force charged with reviewing city fire and codes inspections procedures over the last few months, and unveiled their recommendations in a hearing.

DA’s office is ‘weeks’ from decision on criminal charges against landlord in deadly fire

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 11, 2015, at 1:28 p.m.
PORTLAND | Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson said Wednesday her office may still be weeks away from deciding whether to criminally prosecute Gregory Nisbet, whose Noyes Street building was the site of Maine’s deadliest fire in four decades. Nisbet already faces three civil wrongful death lawsuits brought by …
Former Maine House Speaker Glenn Cummings speaks to faculty at the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday in Portland. Cummings is the second of three finalists to conduct a two-day visit to the school’s three campuses, following the visit of West Virginia University business college Dean Jose “Zito” Sartarelli last week.

Former Maine House speaker makes case for USM presidency

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 10, 2015, at 4:14 p.m.
PORTLAND | Former Maine House Speaker Glenn Cummings said Tuesday his status as the only in-state candidate for the University of Southern Maine presidency gives him an advantage over two other finalists for the job. Cummings is the second of three finalists to conduct a two-day visit to the …
Boston Red Sox former pitcher Pedro Martinez waves to the crowd before game two of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park on Oct. 24, 2013.

‘Growing Up Pedro’: Maine writer pens book about Red Sox legend

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 10, 2015, at 12:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | “Growing Up Pedro,” a children’s book about Boston Red Sox great Pedro Martinez by Ogunquit author and illustrator Matt Tavares, went on sale Tuesday. Tavares, a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, has written and illustrated other children’s books about baseball stars Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and …
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