Maine Public has announced that journalist Murray Carpenter has joined the Maine Public News Department in a new reporting role covering climate change. Carpenter is already contributing to Maine Public’s ongoing Deep Dive Climate Driven series focusing on climate change in all 16 Maine counties and will continue with this environmental focus after that series ends in 2023. Carpenter has worked as a freelance reporter for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, National Geographic, NPR, and PRI’s The World. He has previously worked as a freelance radio reporter for Maine Public and as a staff writer for Maine Times. Carpenter is the author of “Caffeinated, How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us” and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Colorado and a Master of Science in environmental studies from the University of Montana.

“I am thrilled to have Murray Carpenter join Maine Public,” said Mark Simpson, Maine Public’s Director of News and Public Affairs. “His nuanced reporting on a variety of Maine subjects puts him in a good position to cover the urgent topic of climate change across the state. Murray’s hiring enhances our on-going series ‘Climate Driven’ which examines how all of Maine’s sixteen counties are tackling changing circumstances. We are excited to work with Murray as we expand and sustain this important beat and grow our community engagement efforts.”

Maine Public has identified climate coverage as an ongoing area of focus for its news reporting. The launch of the “Climate Driven” series and the hiring of Carpenter are the foundational pieces for the long-term organizational goal of establishing a fully staffed climate desk.

“In the future, we hope this reporting unit will comprise several positions to further bolster our on-going emphasis on climate reporting and becoming a “go to” source for definite reporting around this issue in Maine and New England,” stated Simpson.

Maine Public’s editorial commitment to climate coverage has already drawn attention from national programs at NPR and regional partners from the New England News Collaborative and Maine newspapers. Its multi-platform approach is delivering in-depth stories on radio, video, and across a variety of digital platforms including Mainepublic.org, the Maine Public App, and on social media. For more information, visit mainepublic.org.