MPA Hall of Fame


The Maine Press Association Hall of Fame honors newspaper people with Maine connections who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. Here are its members.

(* inducted posthumously):

Inducted 2022

Earl Brechlin 

Longtime distinguished journalist at The Bar Harbor Times & Mount Desert Islander.

Chris & Paula Roberts

Chris is a fourth-generation owner and publisher of The Lincoln County News owner and Paula is the paper’s sports reporter and photographer since 1993.

Inducted 2021

Dot Roderick*

Dot was one of the first women advertising executives in the newspaper industry.


Dieter Bradbury

Recently retired from the Portland Press Herald, Dieter has been a force in Maine journalism for more than four decades.

Judy Meyer

Executive editor for Sun Journal, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel and a fierce advocate for First Amendment rights,


Inducted 2020

Terry Carlisle

Terry spent 42 years at The Ellsworth American serving in key management positions.


Arthur Guesman*

Faculty advisor of the Maine Campus newspaper and a professor of journalism at the University of Maine for 20 years.


Inducted 2019

Stephen Fay

Managing editor of The Ellsworth American for 23 years.

Marian McCue

Longtime publisher and former editor of The Forecaster.

Christopher Cousins*

Statehouse reporter for the Bangor Daily News.


Inducted 2018

Nat Barrows

Owner, publisher and editor of Penobscot Bay Press.

Winifred French

Founder (and reporter, editor, publisher and distributor) of The Quoddy Tides.

Kathryn Olmstead

Writer, editor, and publisher affiliated with Maine journalism since the late 1970s.


Inducted 2017

Alan Baker

Longtime owner and publisher, The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander.

Mark Woodward

Executive editor and editorial page editor, Bangor Daily News.

Inducted 2016

Hugh Bowden

Executive Editor, The Ellsworth American.

Rex Rhoades

Executive Editor, Lewiston Sun Journal

Steve Solloway

Sports Columnist,
Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Inducted 2015

Bob Kalish
Bob Kalish



Writer for national and local publications, including The Times Record

Bill Nemitz
Bill Nemitz





Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram


Lou Ureneck
Lou Ureneck






Executive Editor
Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Evening Express


Inducted 2014

Robert Crocker, Associated Press state house reporter

Richard Dudman
Richard Dudman






St. Louis Post Dispatch correspondent and Bangor Daily News editorial writer

Inducted 2013

Don Hansen
Editorial Page Editor
Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Evening Express


Scott Haskell

Scott Haskell
Photographer and Photo Editor
Bangor Daily News


Emery “Legs” Labbe

Sportswriter and Publisher,
St. John Valley Times


Inducted 2012

Mary Brewer

Mary Brewer, managing editor,
Boothbay Register/Wiscasset Newspaper


Ann McGowan

Managing editor, Morning Sentinel


Inducted 2011

Beurmond Banville
Beurmond Banville






Reporter, Bangor Daily News

*David Bourque, sports editor, Brunswick Times Record

Seba Smith
Seba Smith





Inducted 2010

Bill Clark

Guy Gannett newspapers


Bob DeLong

Bangor Daily News


Don Levesque                Publisher, St. John Valley Times

Inducted 2009

Jim Costello Sr.

Publisher, Sun Media Group


Bob Diebold
Bob Diebold





Editor, The Penobscot Times

*Clayton LaVerdiere, columnist and reporter, Central Maine Morning Sentinel
*John K. Murphy, executive editor, Portland Press Herald

Inducted 2008

Robert Beith

*Robert B. Beith, editor, publisher,
Guy Gannett newspapers


Jim Brunelle

Political reporter, columnist and commentator


* Campbell Niven

Publisher, The Times Record


Polly Ouimet

Inducted 2007

Bill Caldwell

Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram


Ted Sylvester

Rockland bureau chief
Bangor Daily News


* Peter Damborg

State House reporter,
Guy Gannett newspapers


Robert Moorehead

General Manager,
Morning Sentinel


Inducted 2006

Dwight E. Sargent

Editorial Page Writer and eEditor,
Curator of the Nieman Foundation


Bob Saunders

Editor and Reporter,
Journal Tribune


* Sheila Tenggren,

Editor and Publisher,
Lincoln News


Inducted 2005

Raymond E. Gross
Editor and Publisher, The Courier-Gazette

Lillis Towle Jordan
* Lillis Towle Jordan






Publisher, Bangor Daily News


David Lamb
David Lamb





National and Foreign Correspondent, Los Angeles Times


Steve Riley
Steve Riley





A. Stephen Riley, editor and reporter, Guy Gannett newspapers,
MPA executive secretary


Inducted 2004

Dick Doyle

Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram


Jack Faulkner

Northeast Publishing


Kent Ward
Kent Ward






Reporter, editor, columnist,
  Bangor Daily News


* Wayne Jordan

University of Maine
Journalism Department



 Inducted 2003

* Davis Rawson

Political Reporter
and Editorial Writer


Jerry Durnbaugh

Owner, Blue Hill Weekly Packet


* Daniel Dexter

Editor and Editorial Writer,
Lewiston Journal


Douglas E. Kneeland,

Reporter and editor,
The New York Times


Inducted 2002

Bill Langzettel
*Bill Langzettel






The Associated Press Correspondent


Donald Larrabee
Donald Larrabee






Don Larrabee, Congressional Correspondent


Bob Drake

Robert G. “Bob” Drake, editor,
Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel


Sam and Abbie Roberts
Sam and Abbie Roberts






Owners, The Lincoln County News


Inducted 2001

Walter Mattson
Walter Mattson






President, The New York Times Co.


Alexander "Sandy" Brook
Alexander “Sandy” Brook






Owner, York County Coast Star


May Craig
*May Craig






Washington correspondent, 
Portland Press Herald


Barbara Yeaton
Barbara Yeaton







Sun Journal and The Franklin Journal



Inducted 2000

Ralph "Bud" Leavitt
*Ralph “Bud” Leavitt






Outdoor writer, editor,
Bangor Daily News


Elijah Lovejoy
*Elijah Lovejoy






Abolitionist editor
from Albion, Maine


John Cole
John Cole
Peter Cox

Peter Cox and John Cole,
founders, Maine Times



Inducted 1999

Henry Shorey
Henry Shorey
Eula Shorey
Eula Shorey





The Bridgton News


Harry Foote
Harry Foote






Owner and editor,
American Journal


Gene Letourneau
*Gene Letourneau





Outdoor columnist, Guy Gannett newspapers


Inducted 1998

J. Russell Wiggins
J. Russell Wiggins







Owner and publisher,
The Ellsworth American


John Gould
John Gould






Christian Science Monitor


Guy P. Gannett





*Guy P. Gannett, founder,
Gannett newspapers


Erwin Canham
*Erwin Canham, editor,






Christian Science Monitor


Brooks Hamilton
*Brooks Hamilton






University of Maine
Journalism Department head