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.
Upcoming HostsPeggy Grodinsky
Ilma Lopez & Cara Stadler: October 30, 2018
Peggy Grodinsky is the editor of the Wednesday Food & Dining and Sunday Source sections at the Portland Press Herald, and she oversees the Sunday restaurant reviews. Previously, she was executive editor of Cook’s Country, a Boston-based national magazine published by America’s Test Kitchen. She spent four years in Texas as food editor/lead food writer at the Houston Chronicle. Grodinsky has taught food writing to graduate students at New York University and Harvard Extension School. She worked for seven years as editor at the James Beard Foundation in New York, spent a year as a journalism fellow at the University of Hawaii, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Oberlin College. Her story on Back Bay Grill, “The chef, the dishwasher and a bond that keeps Back Bay Grill in sync,” appeared in the 2017 Best of Food Writing anthology. Her writing has also appeared in Yankee magazine.
Julia Spencer-Fleming & Victoria Hugo-Vidal: December 11, 2018
Greg Kesich has been the editorial page editor of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2011. Before moving to the opinion pages, he was a reporter covering crime and courts, politics and a variety of municipal beats. He lives in Portland with his wife, children’s book author Gail Donovan.
Past HostsGreg Rec
Samantha Appleton: August 28, 2018
Peter Ralston: November 14, 2017
Gregory Rec has been the chief photographer at the Portland Press Herald since 1997. He has covered the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He embedded with Maine Army National Guard troops in Iraq and was named the Maine Press Association co-journalist of the year with columnist Bill Nemitz for their work. He has won numerous other awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the New England Associated Press News Editors Association.
Patrick Dempsey: July 23, 2018
Erin French: December 12, 2017
Jill and Jolene McGowan: May 9, 2017
Richard Russo: February 23, 2016
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.
Melissa Sweet & Martha White: June 5, 2018
Megan Doyle is a municipal reporter at the Portland Press Herald. She loves telling stories about people from Maine. She majored in English in college, and before she dreamed of being a journalist, she wanted to write and illustrate children’s books.
Robert Moody: April 24, 2018
Allan Kozinn wrote about music, musicians, and arts culture for the New York Times from 1977 to 2014. Allan now contributes to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Opera News, Musical America, Classical Review, the San Francisco Classical Voice and other publications. In 2015, he moved to Portland, Maine, with his wife Paula (who is also a writer). He has been reviewing concerts for the Portland Press Herald since the summer of 2015.
Allan has published several books, among them: “Spoleto 40,” “The New York Times Essential Library: Classical Music,” “Mischa Elman and the Romantic Style,” “The Guitar: The History, The Players, The Music,” “The Beatles: From the Cavern to the Rooftop,” and “Got That Something: How The Beatles’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ Changed Everything.”
Tim Cotton: March 6, 2018
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.
Chase Morrill & the Maine Cabin Masters: January 30, 2018
Eric Russell has been a general assignment reporter at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2012. Eric is often free to roam the state in pursuit of the most interesting stories and people. His favorite assignments have him tackling the big topic of the day or chasing ideas that fall just outside the boundaries of everyday news. Eric grew up in Southern Maine, went to college at the University of Maine and worked in Bangor for eight years before joining the Press Herald. He lives in Brunswick with his wife, a school teacher, and two daughters.
Cathie Pelletier: September 26, 2017
Lily King: September 27, 2016
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.
Zach Zamboni: August 29, 2017
Chelsea Conaboy is a former features editor of the Press Herald and now a freelance writer and editor. As a writer, she most enjoys covering health care, immigration, the environment, farming, and food. As an editor, she brings her strong sense of storytelling and clarity of language to a variety of projects. She lives in Portland, Maine.
Bob Ludwig/ Adam Ayan: March 21, 2017
Tim Sample: November 15, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.