Pine Tree Watch
Location: * Northeast, Maine
Beat: State legislature and education
Position: This Report for America corps member covers state politics and education throughout Maine. The reporter develops a statehouse beat for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. This includes day-to-day coverage of important issues in Augusta, as well as a year-long enterprise series looking at divisiveness in Maine, in particular, how the state transitions from eight years of leadership under Gov. Paul LePage. Education is a different beat, focused on scouring the state and examining how leadership failures in education are impacting individual towns and schools. This beat also has a data focus, examining why Maine is below national averages in reading and mathematics. There is significant opportunity for a year-long investigative project looking at the state of a failed education system.