Veteran journalist Steve Betts will join the Courier Publications newspapers and VillageSoup/VS Digital team, according to an announcement by owner Reade Brower. Betts, an award-winning writer, grew up in Stonington and was an editor at The Courier-Gazette from 1994 to 2008.

“We’re thrilled to have someone of Steve’s caliber joining us,” Brower said. “He is the Dustin Pedroia of Midcoast journalists. He’s a gritty and tough-nosed player, just like Pedroia, for his team. He’ll be a great addition to our seasoned news team, in print, online and on our VStv video platforms. We expect Steve to continue to do what he loves to do, dig out the story and bring it to his faithful following in Midcoast Maine. Steve will also be appearing in the Portland Press Herald, Augusta Kennebec Journal and the Waterville Sentinel. ”

In this new role, Betts will provide in-depth coverage and analysis. Plans are afoot for him to host a new series on VStv, called “Cops & Courts,” which goes straight to the streets and sidewalks of Midcoast Maine. A special component of the new program is “Betts’ Bets,” where he challenges viewers to predict the outcome of key events, trials and races in the region.

“We see this as a very strategic move for our business,” Brower said. “We’re doubling down on the quality of information we provide for our customers and at the same time recognizing that people want to enjoy their news in different ways on different platforms. Steve is one of those rare individuals who has unparalleled journalistic integrity, is a prolific writer and, with decades of experience under his belt, can seamlessly present the information in print, broadcast, online and social media. He’s a power hitter who can dance!”

Courier Publications LLC publishes The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal, reaching more than 25,000 readers every week. It also operates Knox and Waldo counties’ leading full-service websites on VillageSoup.com, attracting more than 1.2 million pageviews every month. VStv, its video platform, was launched in May 2015 as the Midcoast region’s first full-service, standalone television station. Today, it features a full lineup of programming on TWC 88, LCI 13, MaineCoast 7, Belfast Community TV 2, ROKU, and streaming 24/7 at VStv.me, reaching more than 95,000 households every day.