Down East Enterprise, Inc. announces two new hires, Sarah Stebbins and Hannah Clark.

Stebbins was recently hired as a special projects editor and Clark joined as circulation assistant and production representative.

Before accepting the position of special projects editor at Down East, Stebbins was a freelance writer for more than eight years with pieces appearing in a number of national titles, including All You, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Family Circle,, Glamour, Ladies’ Home Journal, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, This Old House, Woman’s Day, and Women’s Health. She has also held editorial positions at In Style, Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Maine Home + Design. She lives in Portland with her husband and two sons.

In her new role at Down East, she will manage a variety of special editorial projects that find their way into the magazine and the corresponding digital assets. She will also play a role in our ever-expanding custom publishing division.

Editor in Chief Kathleen Fleury spoke of her addition to the team, saying, “Sarah's extensive experience and intelligence are great assets and will benefit our expanding audiences online and in print. She is a welcome addition to the Down East group.”

Sharing a few thoughts about joining the team, Stebbins said: “I am excited to bring my experience in service journalism, shelter, and feature writing to Down East, a magazine that combines my personal interest in telling Maine stories with rigorous journalistic standards and exceptional photography and prose. I am humbled and honored to be joining this team.”

In Clark's new role she will be one of the friendly front-line associates advertisers and subscribers interface with for a variety of needs. Clark will also assist internal staff on various marketing projects.

Clark is a 2016 graduate of Regent University in Virginia. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications. Prior to joining Down East, she was filling customer service and sales roles at Camden Falls Gallery and Linda Bean’s Maine Wyeth Gallery.

“In the short time she’s been here, Hannah’s enthusiasm has been infectious, and the speed at which she has become proficient in industry-specific areas has been remarkable. She’s a wonderful addition to our team, and exemplifies the values that define our company.,” said Thierry Bombeke, associate publisher for the company’s outdoor publishing group.

Sharing a few thoughts about joining the team, Clark said: “Growing up in Midcoast Maine, one of my early memories was passing by the Rockport headquarters and thinking, ‘One day I could work at a place like Down East.’ Sophisticated but local, grand yet familiar, Down East represents Maine to the rest of the world. I feel privileged to work here and contribute to a vital piece of Maine culture.”