Jules Walkup covers the midcoast region of Maine for the Bangor Daily News, which includes the coastal area from Brunswick to Rockland. Prior to joining Report for America, Jules received their B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia in December 2022. With a minor in political science and a certificate in sustainability, Jules is heavily interested in political journalism and climate change reporting, with a focus in solutions journalism. They worked up from a news contributor in 2020 to managing print editor in 2022 for UGA’s independent student newspaper, The Red & Black. They also wrote environmental stories for the rural paper the Oglethorpe Echo, where they received two awards for their photo story about seniors and the changes they’ve seen in their rural community over the years. In summer 2022, Jules interned for CNN’s Ana Cabrera Show as a producer. Jules is passionate about serving the community they’re reporting on with in-depth, character-centered journalism supported with meaningful and impactful photojournalism.
Beat: Midcoast Maine
The reporter explores how big environmental trends affect readers' lives. Issues include the growth of Maine-based wind and solar industries, fisheries disruption, home energy needs and jobs outlook. Advocacy voices are loud, but missing from the conversation is trusted, independent local journalism addressing Mainers’ ongoing questions and priorities on these issues.