We have Maine covered, reaching 14 counties and 263 towns. Masthead Maine delivers over 660,000 printed newspapers a week and has over 2 million online visitors per month. The stories we tell are channel agnostic, reaching Mainers in whatever format they choose to read – print, website, ePapers, newsletters, events and more. Our brands and newsrooms are organized geographically.
CentralMaine.com is dedicated to the news of the central Maine region, home to the state capital, Augusta. It reaches 400K users with it’s important community journalism and coverage of the center of State government.
Central Maine Sunday – Covering Kennebec, Somerset, Franklin and Waldo counties and delivered to 73 cities and towns in Central Maine
Morning Sentinel – Founded in 1904, the Sentinel covers the burgeoning Waterville community, home of Colby College
Kennebec Journal – Founded in 1925, the KJ is Maine’s oldest newspaper and covers Augusta and the surrounding capital area and southern Kennebec County.
PressHerald.com is the largest of our sites, focused on Portland, Southern and mid-Coast Maine. The site reaches 1.5 million users each month within Maine as well as those following Maine news across the country.
Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram – Maine’s largest paid newspaper with statewide coverage and distribution to 263 cities and towns, concentrated in Cumberland and York counties
Times Record – Serving the Brunswick, Bath, Topsham, Freeport and Island communities, The Times Record is the only daily newspaper in Midcoast Maine
The Forecasters – Four, free weekly newspapers with hyper-local coverage of their communities, from Scarborough up the coast to Topsham.
American Journal – Free weekly paper serving Westbrook, Gorham and Buxton.
Lakes Region Weekly – Hyper-local coverage of the Maine’s popular Lakes Region.
Mainely Media – Five hyper-local papers covering Kennebunk/Kennbunkport, Saco/Biddeford/Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough, South Portland and the Sanford/Springvale area. Four are mailed direct to home providing full total market coverage.
Sunjournal.com is the primary news source for thousands of Mainers living and doing business in Central and Western Maine. It reaches nearly half a million users each month.
Celebrating its 175th anniversary, the Sun Journal is the flagship newspaper of Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties – the heart of Maine’s mill-town revival.
The Rangeley Highlander Every other week publication serving the Rangeley Region.
The Livermore Falls Advertiser Publishes every Wednesday and serves the communities of Livermore and Livermore Falls.
The Franklin Journal Hyper-local weekly coverage of Franklin County.
The Bethel Citizen Weekly paper for the Bethel Region including Norway, Newry and South and West Paris.
Rumford Falls Times Weekly coverage of the seven towns in the River Valley.
Advertiser Democrat Serving the communities of Oxford Hills with weekly coverage.
Our Print Coverage
With 158 journalists on staff, we serve audiences through our 5 daily newspapers and 17 hyper-local weekly newspapers. We cover what matters to Maine, putting a spotlight on issues of vital importance to our people, community and state.
Western Maine Weeklies
Our mission is driven by these core values:
We hold ourselves to the highest standards.
We empower our employees to do their best work.
We foster a respectful, inclusive, curious, collaborative, accountable and safe work environment.
We embrace innovation and our digital future with urgency.
We are connected to the communities we serve.
Since 2012, we’ve been forging a path toward sustainability for our newspapers.<! ========= Cool Timeline Free 2.6.1 =========>
New Ownership, New Leadership
Donald Sussman purchases MTM; Lisa DeSisto named new CEO
Upgraded platforms in newsroom and advertising
Key Customer Platform Upgrades
Circulation and logistics systems updated
Change in Ownership
Reade Brower purchases MTM; First year company is profitable since 2011
First time revenue grew since 2011
The Network Grows
Reade Brower purchases Sun Media Group; Sun Journal and Western Weeklies join MTM under common ownership
New Partners, New Space, New Press
Alliance Media Group is purchased and joins the publishing network; New modern press is installed and new, modern office space is completed in South Portland
Consolidation and Collaboration
Alliance Media Group printing consolidated to South Portland; Advertising platform upgrades enable cross-selling across publications
Digital Strategy Pivot
Portland Press Herald enters the Google Subscription Lab; New circulation strategies and technical tools accelerate digital subscription growth
Monday digital-only edition launches, Monday print edition on ePaper; Transition to remote work amid pandemic; Digital subscriptions rocket during Coronavirus coverage
PPH Digital Subscriptions Exceed Daily Print
Print Operations Consolidate
Lewiston press consolidated to South Portland
WHO WE ARE
Our leadership team is invested in Maine.
Living and working here by choice.
Committed to the future of local journalism and democracy.
CEO & Publisher
Lisa oversees the companies that publish five daily newspapers in Maine – the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Morning Sentinel, Kennebec Journal, Sun Journal and Times Record – and their websites. The network also includes 17 weekly newspapers and a commercial printing operation South Portland. Together the Masthead Maine papers constitute the largest newsgathering organization in northern New England and reach most of Maine’s residents. The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the state’s largest newspaper, has in recent years won some of journalism’s top awards, including the Loeb Award and the Polk Award, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer in 2016. Lisa serves on the board of the Associated Press and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. She hosts a live event series, “Like A Boss,” in which she interviews other Maine CEOs on their leadership principles. Before joining Masthead Maine (then MaineToday Media) in November 2012, Lisa spent 17 years at The Boston Globe, where she served as chief advertising officer and vice president/general manager for Boston.com. A native of Stoneham, Massachusetts, she is a 1985 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Lisa lives with her family and a herd of alpacas in North Yarmouth.
Steve oversees the newsroom of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the state’s largest newsgathering operation, as well as the news operations at the Times Record, the Forecaster group of weekly newspapers and the Mainely Media group of weeklies. Steve joined the Press Herald – for the second time – as managing editor in 2012 and became the executive editor in 2021. He has directed some of the Press Herald’s most important work, including an investigation that won the prestigious Loeb Award and a project that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Before moving back to Portland, Steve spent 12 years as an editor at The Boston Globe, where he led a team of award-winning reporters and editors whose work received national acclaim. In the 1990s Steve held a variety of positions at the Press Herald, including features editor, city editor, night city editor and City Hall reporter. Steve grew up in Warwick, R.I., and graduated from the University of Rhode Island. He is also a jazz critic and a musician who plays in two Maine rock bands.
Group Vice President, Consumer Revenue
Stefanie is responsible for consumer marketing, circulation and creative services. She is focused on driving subscriptions, creating new sources of revenue, building communities of readers, and giving (local) journalism heightened visibility in the communities they serve. Stefanie is the president and board chair for the Press Herald Toy Fund, delivering local holiday gifts to 3,500 Maine children each year. She also serves on the boards for the Local Media Consortium and Portland Public Library. Stefanie spent most of her publishing career in New York City, most recently as Associate Publisher of O, The Oprah Magazine at Hearst, for 13 years. Stefanie, her Portland-native husband, and three daughters moved to Cape Elizabeth in 2013 to take advantage of life the way it should be.
Group Vice President, Digital Development
Matt leads a team responsible for all of our reader-facing digital products including our websites, replica editions, mobile sites and additional digital products. He previously worked in various development and technical leadership roles in advertising and digital media, including The Boston Globe, where he served as Manager of Advertising Technology. Matt and his wife live in North Yarmouth with their three daughters.
Group Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis
Amy oversees the financial reporting and budgeting process, produces analytics and financial models to provide key insights and inform executive level strategic planning, and is the project lead on initiatives that streamline processes, enhance productivity and execute cross-company strategies. Amy was born and raised in Aroostook County, earned a degree in business economics from University of Maine at Farmington, and started down the career path in financial research and analytics after working with the Maine Health Research Institute. She lives in Brunswick with her husband and three children.
Executive Editor (Sun Journal, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel, and Western Maine Weeklies)
Judy oversees the newsrooms of three daily papers and a group of weeklies. She previously served as the Sun Journal’s managing editor/days, editorial page editor, special projects editor and Oxford County bureau chief. She started her career as a freelance writer and page designer. Judy is a vice president of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition and a member of the Right to Know Advisory Committee to the Legislature, and serves on the Courts & Media Committee working to protect and preserve access to public records and proceedings. She is a member of the boards of the New England Newspaper & Press Association and the New England First Amendment Coalition.
Publisher, Sun Journal/Western Maine Weeklies, and Group Vice President, Sales
As publisher, Jody’s focus is to build on the local strength and character of the Sun Journal and Western Maine Weekly brands by ensuring their vitality for our employees, readers and the local business community. Producing the best products possible ensures our readers and advertisers will continue to support the important mission of our newsroom. Jody is a lifelong resident of Lewiston.
Group Vice President, Business Development
The focus of the Business Development group is to create and maximize advertising revenue opportunities for our sales teams. Allison’s team leverages all Masthead properties and capabilities to create new sales opportunities broadly, as well as develop strategic, creative solutions to meet individual client needs. In addition, she oversees the Branded Content Studio, which creates sponsored content for advertisers across all platforms, and the Live Events team, which hosts experiences to deepen the connection between our newsrooms, readers and sponsors. Allison came to the Press Herald after nine years at The Boston Globe. After living in downtown Boston, she was eager for green space, visible stars at night and a yard for her dog.
Group Vice President, Advertising (Press Herald, The Times Record, The Forecasters, Mainely Media weeklies)
Courtney leads and supports a dynamic sales team that connects advertisers to readers and supports our journalistic mission. Her team develops custom, integrated campaigns across our suite of publications and websites that produce results for our clients. Courtney moved to Maine in 1991 thinking she would stay two to three years before heading back West, where she was born, but fell in love with the people and the place.
Group Vice President, IT & Facilities
Andrew’s responsibilities include systems administration, managing capital and expense budgets, contracts, vendors and continuous efforts to find the best solutions. He focuses on helpdesk, infrastructure, system security and availability. Andrew was born and raised in Maine and loves the outdoors, from the beaches to the mountains and the farmland in between.
Group Vice President, Human Resources
Jenn is focused on all aspects of the employee experience from an employee’s first day with the company through retirement. She believes in supporting each person to do their best work by offering comprehensive benefit plans, employee engagement, and developing an open, inquisitive, caring culture. Jenn is proud to be a part of our growing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and our continued commitment to building positive and strong relationships with our labor unions. Jenn was born and raised in Maine, leaving briefly to attend college in Boston and experience life in a big city. After graduation, she realized that her heart longed to return to Maine and make it the place she calls home.
Group Vice President, Production
Michael has more than 25 years of experience in newspaper production management. From 2000 to 2010 he worked with Freedom Communications as the operations director of The Gaston Gazette and The Shelby Star. Prior to that he held various roles throughout his 14 years with Dow Jones at The Wall Street Journal. Mike earned his degree in newspaper production management from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a degree in electrical engineering technology from Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y. He lives in Lyman with his, wife, Stacey and their son, Zack.