About six years in the past, Julie Harris took me fowl trying to find the primary time.
Julie, who was then our neighborhood information editor, had been coaching canine and trying to find practically 20 years. I marveled that early morning in central Maine as she managed her pack of skilled Brittanys by means of dense brush, thick woods and outdated farmland in pursuit of untamed birds.
She knew the place the porcupines may be, and the harmful spots the place a canine might catch their leg. She knew when a pointing canine was simply excited by the scent of previous birds, and will inform tales about how acquainted searching spots had modified over her a few years of exploring.
This was an individual, I noticed, who actually knew her approach across the woods. And extra strikingly, I famous how a lot love and respect she had for Maine’s wild locations.
I’m actually excited to announce that starting this week, Julie is our latest open air editor, the newest steward of a beat that has been central to Maine tradition and the Bangor Day by day Information.
Along with her new function, Julie turns into the primary feminine editor of a piece that has completely been led by males. As searching sees a dramatic, and far wanted, surge of participation from ladies, she brings a invaluable perspective to a pastime that’s altering for the higher.
Over her practically 5 many years on the BDN, Julie has reported on crime and breaking information, edited the state pages, run the whole newsroom, grown a profitable neighborhood information program and, for the previous 5 years, has led our wonderful native information crew in Aroostook County.
Julie is not going to solely deliver a deep background as a journalist, but in addition sensible expertise and connections cast by many years of exploring Maine’s pure wonders.
“Maine’s open air has at all times been a spot of marvel and rejuvenation for me,” Julie mentioned. “I really like a quiet paddle on a pond and a superb hike. I look ahead to maintaining observe of the components that have an effect on these issues and extra, and telling the tales which might be vital to all of you.”
In her new function, Julie will proceed to develop our profitable contributor community of native specialists, report information that issues to Maine open air lovers and speak with you about what you wish to see in our protection. She’ll proceed to write down a weekly column, and can experiment with new methods to inform tales and have interaction audiences.
She could be reached at [email protected].