Chris Cousins is the Bangor Daily News’ State House Bureau Chief. He has worked as a journalist in Maine for 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009. Raised in Western Maine, he holds an undergraduate degree from Colby-Sawyer College and completed a year-long fellowship at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University in 2007. In addition to politics, his interests include the outdoors and just about any situation that puts him on a boat. He lives in the midcoast with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons.
Michael Shepherd joined the Bangor Daily News in 2015 after covering state, federal and local issues for the Kennebec Journal for three years. He’s a Hallowell native who now lives in Gardiner. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 and is a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.