About MaineVoices Live

Get to know Maine voices like never before.

The MaineVoices Live event series features 1:1 conversations between Portland Press Herald writers and notable Maine voices. Audience members can expect a memorable night and a chance for Q&A’s at the end. Each event will take place on Tuesday evenings at One Longfellow Square.


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Bob Keyes
Event: Cathie Pelletier: September 26, 2017
Bob Keyes writes about art and culture for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and among his favorite topics is Maine’s literary scene. He’s written about the arts for the Press Herald since 2002, when he returned to New England after living in the Midwest nearly 15 years. He lives in Berwick.

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Chelsea Conaboy
Event: Zach Zamboni: August 29, 2017
Chelsea Conaboy is the Press Herald features editor. She’s one of the paper’s bright stars, who doesn’t get a lot of bylines but whose work and impact are present throughout the paper and on our websites. If you appreciate the features stories that we publish, Chelsea is a big part of the reason why. She has an eye for detail and the soul of a seasoned storyteller.

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Jim Patrick
Event: Zach Fowler: June 6, 2017
Jim Patrick has covered everything from Super Bowls to beer startups, but he’s comfiest on a pair of downhill skis on a powder day. He’s interviewed Ivy League professors, Hall of Fame pitchers and many, many Portland-area brewmasters. A Minnesota native who finds Maine’s climate much more temperate than his native state, Jim has been working in daily newspapers for 20 years, including at The Salt Lake Tribune and Burlington (VT.) Free Press.

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Mary Pols
Event: Jill and Jolene McGowan: May 9, 2017
Mary Pols writes primarily about sustainability for Source. She came to the Press Herald in late 2013 to work on Source after a long career writing about movies. She has almost, but not quite, broken the habit of waking pre-dawn on Oscar nomination day. Mary was born in Portland and raised in Brunswick, but was away for 25 years so it’s been a thrill for her to learn about her state in the 21st century. She studied art history at Duke and her masters in journalism is from UC Berkeley. She’s happiest reporting a story in Maine’s great outdoors, whether she’s watching seaweed farmers plant a crop or eating fresh caught perch with an ice fisherman while a hungry eagle hovers nearby. History really floats her boat as well (once she wrote an entire story about the life of a very old and rare apple tree in Freeport). She lives in Brunswick with her hockey-obsessed son and their dog, a foster-fail kitten and an elderly Maine Coon.

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Ray Routhier
Event: Bob Ludwig/ Adam Ayan: March 21, 2017
Ray Routhier has been a features writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram for 22 years, covering entertainment, pop culture and lifestyles. He’s interviewed authors (Tess Gerritsen, Stephen King and Richard Russo among them), as well as filmmakers, actors, politicians, historians, comedians, blueberry rakers, clam diggers, and toll takers. He’s been working for daily newspapers for 30 years, including the Beverly (Mass) Times and the Hartford Courant.
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Kevin Thomas
Event: Ryan Flaherty: January 10, 2017
Kevin Thomas covers baseball for The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He primarily writes about the Portland Sea Dogs and Boston Red Sox.

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Ray Routhier
Event: Tim Sample: November 15, 2016
Ray Routhier has been a features writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram for 22 years, covering entertainment, pop culture and lifestyles. He’s interviewed authors (Tess Gerritsen, Stephen King and Richard Russo among them), as well as filmmakers, actors, politicians, historians, comedians, blueberry rakers, clam diggers, and toll takers. He’s been working for daily newspapers for 30 years, including the Beverly (Mass) Times and the Hartford Courant.
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Randy Billings
Event: Rob Tod: October 18, 2016
Randy Billings has covered the city of Portland for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram for more than four years. Working as a journalist in Southern Maine since 2005, Randy has written about municipal governments, community news, local music and business news for a variety of publications. His work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Newspaper and Press Association.

He is a lifelong Mainer and musician, who has been brewing beer at home for the last two years.

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Bob Keyes
Event: Lily King: September 27, 2016
Bob Keyes writes about art and culture for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and among his favorite topics is Maine’s literary scene. He’s written about the arts for the Press Herald since 2002, when he returned to New England after living in the Midwest nearly 15 years. He lives in Berwick.

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Aimsel Ponti
Event: David Mallett: August 2, 2016
Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer for MaineToday.com She’s a rabid music fan and her “Face the Music” column has been running weekly in print in the Portland Press Herald MaineToday Magazine section for almost fourteen years. It’s online at MaineToday.com. She’s also the host of the local music show “Music from 207” on 98.9 WCLZ.

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Bill Nemitz
Event: Sen. George Mitchell: May 31, 2016
Bill Nemitz, a Maine journalist since 1977, has spent the last 21 years as a columnist for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. His work has taken him to every corner of Maine, as well as to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the aftermaths of the 9/11 attacks in Manhattan, Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Bill traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1998, where he covered the historic ratification of the Good Friday Agreement, brokered by Maine’s former Sen. George J. Mitchell.

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Ray Routhier
Event: Tess Gerritsen: May 3, 2016
Ray Routhier has been a features writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram for 22 years, covering entertainment, pop culture and lifestyles. He’s interviewed authors (Tess Gerritsen, Stephen King and Richard Russo among them), as well as filmmakers, actors, politicians, historians, comedians, blueberry rakers, clam diggers, and toll takers. He’s been working for daily newspapers for 30 years, including the Beverly (Mass) Times and the Hartford Courant.

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Bob Keyes
Event: Richard Blanco: March 29, 2016
Bob Keyes writes about art and culture for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and among his favorite topics is Maine’s literary scene. He’s written about the arts for the Press Herald since 2002, when he returned to New England after living in the Midwest nearly 15 years. He lives in Berwick.

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Mary Pols
Event: Richard Russo: February 23, 2016
Mary Pols has been writing for the Press Herald for two years, mostly for Source, our section on sustainability. Before that she was a movie critic for many years, much of it in California, although regretfully, she did not get a chance to review the adaptation of Nobody’s Fool starring Paul Newman. She is the author of a memoir called Accidentally on Purpose and continues to do book criticism on the side for national publications, including the New York Times. We asked Mary to lead our conversation tonight with Richard Russo because she told us that when Empire Falls came out, and she was still living in California, she read it twice in a row because she missed Maine so much and because Russo brought it all to life for her from afar.

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