Maine Monitor, MCPIR welcome new additions

The six additions will help the nonprofit news organization continue its growth trajectory.
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logo for the maine monitor newsroom

The Maine Monitor and its publisher, The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, are welcoming three new additions to the day-to-day operations of the independent, nonprofit news organization.

Additionally, the Monitor added new editing responsibilities for one staff member, brought on a new advisor, and added two members to the MCPIR board of directors. 

Reporter Emmett Gartner will join the newsroom this week as a Roy W. Howard Fellow through the Scripps Howard Fund, focusing on accountability and Maine’s rural communities. 

Emmett earned his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Vermont. 

While working as a reporter at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, he helped produce two award-winning investigations: “Printing Hate,” which documented the historic role of newspapers inciting racial lynchings, and “Mega Billions,” which investigated state lottery operations. 

Most recently, Emmett reported on health and environment for The Frederick News-Post in Maryland.

Composite photo of headshots for Emmett Gartner, Amanda Geduld, Kate Cough and Emma Gallant.
Emmett Gartner, Amanda Geduld, Kate Cough and Emma Gallant.

Amanda Geduld joined the newsroom last month as an education reporter for the summer, via the Institute for Nonprofit News and Columbia Journalism School Internship Program.

Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Chalkbeat, CNN, Columbia News Service, and AM New York. She previously reported on New York City’s public school system, exposing wrongdoing including fraudulent grading practices and a school busing crisis.

Amanda graduated as salutatorian from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Stabile Investigative Fellow.

Kate Cough, The Maine Monitor’s environmental reporter, will take on additional responsibilities as enterprise editor. She will continue to cover environmental news and co-write the weekly Climate Monitor newsletter. (Sign up to receive the latest environmental news each Friday in your inbox.)  

Kate, a Report for America corps member, was previously a reporter for The Ellsworth American and a digital media strategist for The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander before joining The Maine Monitor in July 2021. 

She graduated with honors from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Magna Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, which publishes The Maine Monitor, welcomed Emma Gallant as a nonprofit management intern. 

Emma is a student at Brown University majoring in English with a focus in nonfiction writing.

New advisor, board members join news organization

Pamela Maffei McCarthy joins the Monitor as a senior advisor. She has more than four decades of experience in magazine publishing and editing, and was most recently deputy editor of The New Yorker. 

In her 28 years at The New Yorker, Pam led the editorial department while positioning the magazine for a new generation and developing a sustainable business. She was previously the managing editor of Vanity Fair and the executive editor of Esquire.

Composite image of headshots of Pamela Maffei McCarthy, John Boit and Cathy Lee.
Pamela Maffei McCarthy, John Boit and Cathy Lee.

MCPIR also welcomed two new additions to its board of directors. 

John Boit is a former journalist, international development contractor, and public relations executive. The Harvard University graduate co-founded a Boston- and Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm, where he was a partner for 18 years.

Over the course of his career, John has worked as a contractor to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Defense, the United Nations, and international nonprofits.

Cathy Lee is an attorney with 42 years of legal experience and 37 of them in the energy and environment sectors. She served as carbon advisor for several states, including Maine, in various stages of developing programs to measure and monetize carbon credits from retrofitting low income housing in the US. 

Cathy is managing director of Lee International, an international consulting firm that provides climate advisory services to public and private sector clients, project developers, and sellers and buyers of carbon credits in the compliance and voluntary markets around the world.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is a 13-year-old nonprofit whose mission is to fill the gap between diminished in-depth, investigative reporting and the need of Mainers to be fully informed about their state. The Maine Monitor’s stories are available for free on its website and via its newsletters, and provided at no cost to Maine news organizations for republication.

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