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The Portland Press Herald
Portland Press Herald
(and Maine
Sunday Telegram; collectively known as The Portland Newspapers) publish daily newspapers in the city of Portland, Maine, in the United States. Serving the state's largest and principal commercial city, as well as much of southern Maine, the Press Herald and Maine
Sunday Telegram form the largest-circulation newsroom in the state. The Portland Newspapers throughout most of the 20th century were the cornerstone of Guy Gannett Communications's media holdings, which included two other daily newspapers in Maine. In 1998, these newspapers were sold to The Seattle Times Company; ten years later, they were purchased by MaineToday Media.


1 Awards 2 History 3 Bureaus 4 Editorial line 5 Online 6 Anti-Semitism controversy 7 Prices 8 References 9 External links

Awards[edit] On June 28, 2016, the series "Payday at the Mill" and reporters Whit Richardson and Steve Mistler received a Gerald Loeb Award in the "Local" category.[3] In 2012, reporter Colin Woodard received the 2012 George Polk Award for the story, " Special
Report: The profit motive behind virtual schools in Maine" in the category, "Education Reporting." History[edit] The Press Herald was founded in 1862 on Congress Street. Notable alumni of the paper include longtime Washington correspondent May Craig and current Boston Herald
Boston Herald
sports columnist Steve Buckley. On March 17, 2008, the Press Herald converted from its traditional multi-section format to two sections. A brief editorial highlighted advertising concerns and said the other sections could be found online. The next day, The Seattle Times Company, its owner at the time, announced that it was putting the Press Herald and its other Maine
newspaper properties up for sale.[4] After more than a year on the market, on June 15, 2009, the papers were sold to MaineToday Media, Inc., headed by Maine
native Richard L. Connor, publisher of Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with financing from HM Capital Partners
HM Capital Partners
and Citizens Bank.[5] Although MaineToday originally announced a plan to move the paper's offices out of downtown into the South Portland printing plant,[6] it was later reported that the company's headquarters would move to One City Center in downtown Portland.[7] As part of the sale, Portland Newspaper Guild members took a 10-percent pay cut in exchange for 15-percent ownership in MaineToday Media. More than 30 non-union jobs were eliminated.[8] Effective June 1, 2015, MaineToday Media was sold to Reade Brower, owner of a number of midcoast Maine
newspapers and a printing operation in Brunswick, Maine.[9] Bureaus[edit] The Portland Newspapers formerly maintained news bureaus in Augusta, Biddeford, Bath, and Washington, DC; all were closed in July 2008,[10] but the Augusta bureau was reopened in early 2012. The papers continue to operate six circulation depots, in Bath, Saco, Sanford, South Portland, Windham and Yarmouth, Maine. The daily Press Herald circulates six days per week in five counties: Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and York. On Sundays, the Maine
Sunday Telegram is sold statewide. MaineToday Media also owns the Central Maine
Newspapers, publisher of the Morning Sentinel
Morning Sentinel
in Waterville and the Kennebec Journal
Kennebec Journal
in Augusta; and Maine
Community Publications, which publishes The Coastal Journal, a community newspaper serving the Bath-Brunswick area. Editorial line[edit] The Press Herald and Sunday Telegram editorial board was once generally viewed to have center-left political views. It endorsed the 2003 Iraq War, but has since criticized the war's execution. In Maine's 2006 campaign for governor, it endorsed John Baldacci, the incumbent Democrat, who was reelected. In the 2004 presidential election, the paper endorsed Democrat John Kerry, who won Maine
but lost the national election. In 2008, it endorsed Barack Obama, who won both Maine
and the general election. However, under Richard Connor, the paper moved to the center, causing some in relatively liberal Portland to abandon the paper in favor of the city's free daily newspaper, The Portland Daily Sun, or for the Bangor Daily News, which made inroads into the Portland market.[11] In 2010, it endorsed conservative Republican candidates (Dean Scontras and Jason Levesque) in both of Maine's congressional districts.[12] They were both defeated by the Democratic incumbents, Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud. For Maine's gubernatorial election that same year, it endorsed moderate independent former Democrat Eliot Cutler, a childhood friend of Connor, who came in second with 34% of the vote. On October 28, 2011, Connor announced his resignation effective December 31, 2011.[13] The newspaper's parent company later accused him of misusing over $500,000 in company funds for personal use, and announced that their insurance company had paid the company $538,000 under the company’s employee theft insurance policy.[14] Since Connor resigned the paper has moved further and further left. It endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won three of Maine's four electoral college votes but lost in the general election.[15] The paper endorsed an override of Governor Paul LePage's veto of L.D 1504 a pro-solar energy bill. The bill was heavily supported by state Democrats[16] and it endorsed Democrat Ethan Strimling, who won Portland's 2015 Mayoral race. Online[edit] Content from the Portland Press Herald
Portland Press Herald
appears on its website pressherald.com. The domain name Portland.com was originally the Web address for the papers, but was sold to a marketing firm and became a visitor's guide for the city of Portland, Oregon, in May 2004. Anti-Semitism controversy[edit] The Religion and Values section of the Saturday, February 3, 2007, edition of the Press Herald included an ad from the First Baptist Church of South Portland, which listed the sermon as "The Only Way to Destroy the Jewish Race". This caused outrage in Greater Portland's Jewish Community[17] and led to an apology by the minister of that church.[18] However, less than two weeks later, People's Choice Credit Union ran an ad in the February 14, 2007, edition of the Press Herald that depicted a bearded "Fee Bandit" that resembled a Hasidic Jew, eager to take people's money.[19] This incident prompted investigations by the Anti-Defamation League; Steven Wessler, director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence and the person in charge of dealing with hate crimes in the state; and the Jewish Community Alliance. The newspaper's management later apologized for printing the advertisements in question without checking them first, and said it they would scrutinize ad content more closely before printing.[18][20] Prices[edit] The Press Herald daily price is $1.80. The Sunday Telegram price is $2.80 in southern and coastal Maine
and $3.30 elsewhere. Digital subscriptions are $9.99 per month plus tax.[21] References[edit]

^ http://thebollard.com/2014/06/02/media-mutt-121/ ^ Quantcast Quantcast
numbers ^ "2016 Winners UCLA Anderson School of Management". www.anderson.ucla.edu. Retrieved 2016-08-20.  ^ Harkavy, Jerry. "Seattle Times Co. Puts Maine
Newspapers Up for Sale". Bangor Daily News, Bangor, Maine, Page 9, March 18, 2008. Accessed February 7, 2012. ^ " MaineToday Media Acquires Maine
Newspapers, Online Information Portal
and Related Real Estate Assets". Business Wire, June 15, 2009. Retrieved on September 14, 2010. ^ "Newspaper's Downtown Buildings to Be Sold". Portland Press Herald, Page A1, July 17, 2009. ^ "Newspaper Moving to Space in One City Center." Portland Press Herald, Page A1, February 26, 2010. ^ "New Owner: Maine
Papers Poised to be Profitable". The Seattle Times, June 16, 2009. ^ MaineToday Media sale closes Tux Turkel, Portland Press Herald, June 1, 2015 ^ Guttman, Jeannine. "New Chapter Ahead for Staff, Paper". Maine Sunday Telegram, July 6, 2008. ^ "Media Mutt: Bangor Daily News
Bangor Daily News
Beefs Up" ^ "Our Endorsements for Congress". Portland Press Herald, October 24, 2010. ^ Richard Connor steps down as CEO of MaineToday Media, Bangor Daily News, October 28, 2011 ^ http://www.pressherald.com/2013/04/24/connor-mtm-mainetoday-publisher-press-herald-maine-desisto/ ^ Board, The Editorial (2016-09-25). "Our View: Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
is our choice for president - Portland Press Herald". Press Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-06.  ^ Board, The Editorial (2017-08-01). "Our View: Solar proposal remains the best path forward for Maine
- Portland Press Herald". Press Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-06.  ^ Conroy, Erin, and James Vaznis. "Anti-Semitism Sermon Title Rankles Maine
Jews". The Boston Globe, February 5, 2007. ^ a b "Dateline World Jewry", April 2007, World Jewish Congress ^ Erskine, Rhonda. "Credit Union, Newspaper Apologize for Controversial Ad". WSCH6.com, February 16, 2007. ^ "Newspaper Vows Closer Scrutiny of Ad Content". Portland Press Herald. ^ "Press Herald Subscriptions". pressherald.com. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 

External links[edit]

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Portland Press Herald
and Maine
Sunday Telegram website MaineToday.com Today's Portland Press Herald
Portland Press Herald
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