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Maine Voices Live with Doug Hitchcox and Nicholas Lund

Calling all birdwatchers for our next Maine Voices Live! Naturalist Doug Hitchcox and nature writer Nicholas Lund have advice on how to make the most of your spring, summer and fall birding season and discuss the background of Maine’s unusual number of bird-centric news events in the past year, from the brief controversy about which chickadee species should be our state bird to the saga of the wayward great black hawk in Deering Oaks. Doug Hitchcox is the Staff Naturalist for Maine...


Business Breakfast Forum: Getting a Bead on Broadband

High-speed internet service is essential to Maine businesses, but access is often determined by where you live. Gov. Janet Mills pledged to make statewide broadband access a priority. What changes are needed? What are providers doing? What is working? This event was recorded live on May 22, 2019 at the Portland, Maine Public Library. Hosted by Business reporter J. Craig Anderson Panelists include: Tracy Scheckel, Otelco Peggy Schaffer, Director, ConnectME Authority Fletcher...


Like a Boss - Michelle Hood - Northern Light Health

Like A Boss is a live Q&A business event where you can hear insightful, first-hand accounts of the realities of running a business. Our CEO and Publisher Lisa DeSisto interviews local CEOs and business leaders for a behind the scenes look at their career paths, the ups and downs of running their businesses and the trends shaping them. About Michelle Hood Michelle Hood is the president and CEO at Northern Light Health in Brewer, Maine. She came to Northern Light Health in 2006 after she...


MaineVoices Live with ‘Chopped’ champions Matt Ginn and Christian Hayes

Portland Press Herald food writer Meredith Goad interviewed the chefs on stage on April 23, 2019. Maine chefs Matt Ginn of Evo in Portland and the Chebeague Island Inn and Christian Hayes of Dandelion Catering and the soon-to-open Garrison in Yarmouth revealed what it’s really like to be on Food Network’s cooking competition show “Chopped” in an on-stage interview Tuesday at One Longfellow Square. The consensus? Not exactly fun. In their conversation with Portland Press Herald food...


Business Breakfast Forum: Hiring Seasonal Workforces – What’s Working?

Maine’s labor crunch is never more apparent than in the spring when the state’s $6 billion tourism industry scrambles for workers. Construction and landscaping services ramp up, too. They are finding success in some surprising places. On the panel Host: Press Herald Business Reporter Peter McGuire covers Maine trade, transportation and tourism. A proud native of the western Maine mountains, Peter has covered local news for newspapers in Oxford County, Brunswick, Waterville and...


Maine Voices Live: Author Monica Wood

Portland, Maine writer Monica Wood, whose second play “The Half-Light” premiered last week at Portland Stage, talked about her writing process, her mutually supportive marriage and the importance of teaching the arts, among other things, in front of a sold-out audience Tuesday at One Longfellow Square in Portland. Portland Press Herald arts reporter Bob Keyes interviewed Wood on stage for the latest installment of MaineVoices Live, a series put on by the newspaper. Wood, who grew up in...


Business Breakfast Forum: The Future of Home Buying

Millennials, people from their late 30s to early 20s, are expected to make 45 percent of home purchases in the U.S. this year. That influx is changing the way people buy and sell homes, and creating new challenges for real estate agents. iBuying, anyone? On the panel Host: Press Herald Business Reporter Pete McGuire Peter McGuire is a business reporter covering Maine trade, transportation and tourism. A proud native of the western Maine mountains, Peter has covered local news for...


Business Breakfast Forum: Innovative Retail - January 23, 2019

Shopping, whether in store or online, has become a magnet for innovation. Pick a product off a shelf and see a video display of its uses. Overwhelmed by online choices? A personal shopping guide is at the ready. Concierge services are becoming the norm as retailers offer customized convenience in exchange for your purchase. On January 23, 2019, we heard from some Maine companies at the fore of these innovations, and where they are going next. Host: Press Herald Business Editor Carol...


Maine Voices Live: Tom Caron

Since 1995, Tom Caron has been a studio host on NESN, covering the Boston Red Sox, Bruins and play-by-play announcing for college hockey. His weekly column on the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots runs on Tuesdays in the Portland Press Herald. A graduate of Lewiston High School, he began his broadcasting career in upstate New York, covering the Montreal Canadiens and Expos but eventually moved to Portland, anchoring sports segments for WGME from 1988 to 1993. Before leaving Maine for NESN,...


Business Breakfast Forum November 28, 2018

Less than a month after Election Day, Business Editor Carol Coultas sat down with a panel of analysts to assess the effects of election results on Maine businesses and the Portland business community in particular. Michael Saxl, Managing Principal, Maine Street Solutions Michael Saxl joined Maine Street Solutions following his service as Speaker of the House from 2000-2002. Prior to serving as Speaker, Saxl served as Majority Leader (1998-2000) and Majority Whip (1996-1998). As a...


Maine Voices Live: Chefs Ilma Lopez and Cara Stadler

Ilma Lopez grew up in Venezuela, cooking in the kitchen alongside her grandmother. After getting her start in Caracas, she was accepted to the pastry program at Stratford University in Virginia. Today, Lopez is the Pastry Chef and co-owner of Piccolo and Chaval in Portland. She is a veteran of some of the most demanding and rewarding kitchens in the industry, such as DB Bistro, Corton, Tailor, El Bulli, Café Boulud, and Le Bernardin. In 2014, Lopez earned a StarChefs Coastal New England...


Like A Boss: Deanna Sherman, president and CEO of Dead River Co

Portland Press Herald CEO and publisher Lisa DeSisto sat down with Deanna Sherman, president and CEO of Dead River Co., on Friday, Oct. 26, to chat about her work in the energy industry. Sherman oversees one of the largest energy companies in Northern New England. Founded in 1909, Dead River Co. is family-owned with over 1,000 employees serving customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and northern Massachusetts.= Sherman joined the company in 1986 and has worked in leadership roles...


Business Breakfast - Office Park Portland - October 17, 2018

There’s a lot of new office space under construction or in the pipeline for Portland and surrounding towns: Wex’s new HQ on the waterfront, a mixed-use development including offices at Widgery and Union Wharfs, and Rock Row in Westbrook. A panel of local experts with look at how a boom in office space will affect the real estate market for existing commercial spaces and start to tackle the issue that confounds every growing city: with an influx of commuters, how long will we be sitting in...


2018 Maine Gubernatorial Debate - Portland Press Herald/ University of New England

Press Herald Business Editor Carol Coultas moderated the debate on October 10, 2018 at the University of New England, with columnist Bill Nemitz and Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich as panelists. Candidates were Alan Caron(I), Terry Hayes (I), Janet Mills (D) and Shawn Moody (R). Read the coverage of the debate at


Like a Boss - USM President Glenn Cummings

On Friday, Sept. 7, publisher Lisa DeSisto sat down with Cummings, who began his academic career in Gorham as a high school history teacher and department head. He served as a faculty member at the Southern Maine Community College and was a long-serving member of the USM faculty. Prior to becoming president of USM, Cummings served as interim president of the University of Maine at Augusta. In 2010, he served former Pres. Barack Obama as deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department...


Maine Voices Live: Patrick Dempsey

On Monday, July 23, Maine-born actor Patrick Dempsey joined Portland Press Herald staff writer Mary Pols on stage at Aura for a wide-ranging discussion about his work in Hollywood, his life in Maine, his love of fast cars and his work with the Dempsey Challenge, a bike ride that raises money for cancer care at the Dempsey Center at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. see video of this event here:...


Interview with gubernatorial candidate Donna Dion - Bill Nemitz - Born to Run

In this episode, Donna Dion talks about her long history in the politics and history of Biddeford.


Interview with gubernatorial candidate Ken Fredette - Bill Nemitz - Born to Run

In this episode, state Rep. Ken Fredette talks about growing up in northern Maine and his history of public service.


Interview with gubernatorial candidate Betsy Sweet - Bill Nemitz - Born to Run

In this episode, lobbyist Betsy Sweet talks about spending her summers on North Haven and her love of the state of Maine.


Interview with gubernatorial candidate Diane Russell - Bill Nemitz - Born to Run

In this episode, former state Rep. Diane Russell talks about roots in Bryant Pond, learning to shoot guns and her tight-knit family.