This week, the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting published senior reporter John Christie’s in-depth profile of Maine Gov. Paul LePage, “The Book on Paul LePage: The ‘biggest, baddest person around’ crashes Augusta’s ‘nicey-nicey’ club.”
But after six months of reporting, not everything Christie knows about LePage made it into the story.
Watch a two-part interview with Christie, where he talks about LePage’s golf swing, about what the story headline really means and why he chose to tackle the subject in the first place: Part I and Part II.
If you want to know how to set up an interview with a governor who is famously averse to the press, you can also read Christie’s latest edition of Reporter’s Notebook: How we got the LePage story.
And last month, the Center published a two-part series “RX for Theft” on pharmacists who abuse and steal drugs. Investigative Reporters and Editors, a professional group for investigative journalists, interviewed senior reporter Naomi Schalit about how she got that story — she calls it “recreational data cruising” — and you can read that account at Behind the Story: Maine pharmacists get licenses despite history of drug abuse.