The People of NMT

Gina Hamilton, editor in chief and economic analyst

Gina Hamilton fell in love with investigative reporting as a youngster, following the Woodward and Bernstein series on Watergate. She started writing for newspapers at the age of 16, when she was assigned the task of writing obituaries for the Downers Grove Reporter as a summer job. After a long break, during which she taught at every level from preschool to university, wrote educational books for middle school science, and wrote a novel, she began writing for the Coastal Journal in Bath, eventually working up from a freelancer to a staff reporter and finally becoming the editor. During her tenure, the little community weekly moved from a hyper-local venue to a well-regarded, award-winning regional newspaper. Her specialties were energy and sustainability and economic analysis, and she was also well-known as the author of "Dolce Far Niente," a humor/color column in which she introduced the denizens of Turning Tide Cottage: her husband, her son and heir, and Rudie the Dog (as well as other animals and the occasional foster child). When the publisher decided to return the paper to its "advertiser" origins, Gina left and started the process of creating the New Maine Times. E-mail her at editor@newmainetimes.org.

Tyler Drumm, photographer

Tyler Drumm

Tyler Drumm became interested in graphic design during high school, and continued that interest into college. After spending a year studying graphic arts, he received a job at the Coastal Journal designing and laying out the paper. Shortly thereafter, he developed a love for photography which has since taken over his life in some aspects. Rarely does Tyler leave his residence without his camera. Over the course of his time at the paper, he started taking cover photos for summer publications, and feature photos. In October 2010 he was recognized by the Maine Press Association for his work. Today, he continues creating photos for the New Maine Times, along with some Web-site management. You can e-mail him at photo@newmainetimes.org.

Kelsey Raymond, graphic designer

Kelsey

Kelsey Raymond is a Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts Graphic Design major at Maine College of Art in Portland. She is currently working at Pemaquid Communications where she’s developed a true affinity for the endless possibilities of the World Wide Web. In addition to design and Web, Kelsey loves being behind the camera and commonly integrates the three. You can e-mail her at design@newmainetimes.org.

Tristan Radtke, columnist and reporter

Tristan

Tristan Radtke studied to become a network engineer, but somewhere along the way, he fell in love with astronomy and political science. He is an able and passionate reporter. He has written an award-winning astronomy column, and has written stories of nature and the outdoors for Midcoast Life, and political stories for both the Coastal Journal and as a freelancer for other media outlets. But his computer skills have also stood the New Maine Times in good stead -- he set up our in-house wireless network. E-mail him at tradtke@newmainetimes.org.

Paul Kando, energy and sustainability reporter

Born and educated in Hungary, Paul Kando came to the United States after the 1956 uprising against Soviet occupation was crushed. He pursued a career as a chemical engineer in the synthetic fibers industry where he had an opportunity to work on a pilot project using solar energy. In the wake of the first 1970s oil crisis, Kando switched to energy research and led a team conducting the first-ever energy audit on a whole city. He was also involved in designing the solar heating system for the White House during the Carter presidency. Later he conducted research on energy storage technologies and photovoltaics, managed a large solar energy program for the U.S. Department of Energy, conducted building energy research in the United States and Scandinavia and produced three documentary films on advanced building systems. Kando moved to Maine in 1991 and operated a one-man construction firm. In 2006 he took training from Al Gore on presenting the findings of climate science to lay audiences. Since that time he has given more than a hundred such presentations to a variety of audiences in Maine and in Hungary. In 2007 he became a Maine certified residential energy auditor. He is one of the organizers of the Damariscotta-based Midcoast Green Collaborative, a nonprofit citizen initiative dedicated to the premise that facts and science do matter and addressing global warming in a timely fashion represents an economic opportunity for Maine. Kando’s current activities include research, consulting, policy development to promote conversion to a renewable-energy-based economy, teaching, writing, conducting energy audits and leading discussions on a variety of issues of current interest, especially energy efficiency and climate change. E-mail him at pkando@newmainetimes.org.

Steve Cartwright, reporter and photographer

Steve Cartwright likes to focus his writing and photography on what connects us to a person or a place. He is drawn to the beauty and simplicity of the Maine coast, where he splits time between St .George and Waldoboro. He grew up in Greenwich Village and apprenticed during college to photographer Barbara Morgan, and to the original Maine Times when it first started. He created and edited a weekly for Native American tribes. After many years of reporting for various newspapers, Cartwright turned to freelance and volunteer work. He likes to run, swim, cook and just hang with friends. Married and the father of two, he serves on the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen, the Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center, and Good Tern Co-op. He coordinates community contradances in Rockport. He sails a 32-foot sloop from Tenants Harbor. You can learn more about Cartwright and his work at mainewrite.net. E-mail him at scartwright@newmainetimes.org.

David S. Kaler, Statehouse reporter

David S. Kaler has just graduated from Southern Maine Community College with an associate's degree in history. David has been writing articles for many newspapers and magazines, and has a strong following for his conservative viewpoint. Born and raised in Bath, David is a graduate of Morse High School and worked for 30 years for BIW as a tradesman and designer. He now substitute teaches at his alma mater. He is an observer of national, state, and local issues, and has been involved in local and state politics for many years, most recently as a Republican candidate for state Senate for Sagadahoc County. E-mail him at dkaler@newmainetimes.org.

David Treadwell, reporter

David Treadwell (Bowdoin B.A., Harvard M.B.A.) took a course in magazine article writing while he was serving as dean of admissions at Ohio Wesleyan University. While taking that course, he got a piece published in Parade magazine, and the writing hook was forever set. He has written admissions and fundraising materials for colleges and schools throughout the U.S.; feature stories and profiles for several college and school alumni magazines; poems read on NPR; a newspaper column which profiled people chosen at random out of the phone book; and two books. His interests revolve around theater, education and the stories of everyday people. E-mail him at dtreadwell@newmainetimes.org.

William Bushnell, book reviewer

William D. Bushnell is a professional book reviewer with more than 20 years' experience writing reviews for 35 magazines and newspapers, including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Maine Times, Civil War News, Military History, the Kennebec Journal, Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Times Record, and the Sun newspapers. He is a long-time member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and has taught book reviewing for 11 years at the University of Southern Maine. He firmly believes that books are life, but a television is just furniture. E-mail him at wbushnell@newmainetimes.org.

Robert Skoglund, aka the humble Farmer, columnist

Robert Skoglund is best known for his radio program, the humble Farmer, which ran on Maine Public Radio for many years as a popular Friday night staple. He also provides a humble Farmer show for a local commercial-free radio station (WMPG) every Tuesday at 2 p.m. He wrote a short commentary in the Coastal Journal for several years called "humble Rants," and he is continuing that work here. Humble's political take is decidedly left of center. E-mail him at humble@newmainetimes.org.

Fred Kahrl, columnist

Fred Kahrl's journalism biography started when he was photo editor for the prize-winning student periodical published at boarding school. Next he was a student photographer for the Bates College News Bureau, which led to a summer internship as a reporter for the Portland Press Herald and Portland Evening Express. After completing his tour as a Coast Guard aircrewman in Alaska, he remained in Kodiak to establish a small weekly called the Island Times, modeled after the Maine Times, which was still in publication at the time. After three years he sold the Island Times and moved his wife and small child back to Maine, having accepted a position at the Press Herald as an editor on the state desk. He also spent time supervising the reporting staff that worked out of the Brunswick office at that time. He later served as manager of public relations at Bath Iron Works Corp. More recently he spent three years as editor of the Coastal Journal, and is now semi-retired, dividing his time between his portable sawmill and freelance writing. He lives in Woolwich with his wife, several Welsh Corgis, many chickens, a few guinea hens, two cats, a horse, and a voluble donkey named Oliver who can be heard up to a mile away when he thinks it is time for breakfast. E-mail him at fkahrl@newmainetimes.org.

Brandon Carter, reviewer and reporter

Brandon Carter

Brandon Carter, a former reporter at the Coastal Journal, continued to write occasional correspondence from his new digs in Manhattan. He will primarily do film reviews and review other shows that will also make an appearance in Maine. E-mail him at bcarter@newmainetimes.org.

Kitty Wheeler, feature writer

Kitty Wheeler is a long-time freelance writer who has credits in virtually every newspaper in Maine. She wrote long local pieces for Midcoast Life, and was often the featured centerfold writer at the Coastal Journal. Her focus will be travel and culture writing, and she may occasionally do the 'Our Maine Man' (or woman) sketch. E-mail Kitty at kwheeler@newmainetimes.org.

Avery Hunt, reporter

Avery Hunt (Wellesley College, BA, English) spent 30 years in New York City in the publishing industry, and has worked both as an award-winning journalist for Newsday, and an executive for Newsweek, Business Week, Esquire and Scholastic Publishing, among others. She has also written for major magazines and newspapers throughout her long career in journalism. In 2001, she and her late husband, Donald Meyers, moved to the coast of Maine, where she spent many childhood summers. She is interested in both feature and news reporting, and has a special interest in art and lifestyle issues in Maine. E-mail her at ahunt@newmainetimes.org.

Annee Tara, reporter

Annee Tara writes extensive, informative articles about complex events.  She is currently working on a series about the handover of the Brunswick Naval Air Station to the local Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority this spring.  Email her at atara@newmainetimes.org.

Jan Brennan, copy editor and columnist

Jan Brennan worked for many years as a copy editor at the Portland Press Herald. Recently retired, she joined the New Maine Times because she was ready for a newspaper experience again. Jan also covers events in southern Maine. She writes her own column, The Southern Maine Dilettante --- Covering the good life, haphazardly, or Dilettante, for short.  E-mail her at jbrennan@newmainetimes.org.

Jean Anthony, reporter

Jean Anthony is also the noted author of "History's Mysteries" at the Coastal Journal. Look for her to write on issues of Maine's history for us, too, as well as arts and drama reviews.  Email her at janthony@newmainetimes.org.

Christopher Bouchard, reporter

Chris studied at New England School of Communication, and was an intern for the New Maine Times at that time.  He is back as a freelancer and will be covering Aroostock County. Email him at cbouchard@newmainetimes.org.

David D. Platt, columnist and reporter

David D. Platt is a longtime Maine journalist. He worked at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and the Bangor Daily News in the 1970s and 1980s and became editor of the old Maine Times in 1986. In 1991 he became publications director at the Island Institute, where he founded and edited Working Waterfront until he retired in 2008. He lives in Falmouth in a restored former meetinghouse and Odd Fellows’ hall. He has two sons, Joshua and William, and two grandchildren. Email him at dplatt@newmainetimes.org.

Andi Parkinson, statehouse reporter


Andi is a seasoned political professional.  She was on staff during the Libby Mitchell campaign for governor in 2010, and the Jon Hinck campaign for Senate in 2012. Andi has worked on many other political causes.  She has been assistant editor on staff at Dirigo Blue, and is editor of the Maine Progressives Warehouse, covering Maine politics since 2010.  A twelfth-generation Maine native, she lives with her family in Monmouth, but you'd hardly know it because she can almost always be found in the statehouse during session.  Email her at aparkinson@newmainetimes.org.