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Journalist Nick Mills to lead Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting Board of Directors

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B. 'Nick' Mills of Cumberland, a professor of journalism at Boston University's College of Communication and an award-winning broadcast journalist, was elected president of the board of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting at the organization's recent annual meeting.

Founded in 2009, the Center is Maine's is Maine's only non-profit, non-partisan investigative news source producing stories about state government and elections. The Center publishes its stories on its website, pinetreewatchdog.org, and also provides them free of charge to 24 media partners across the state.

Mills, who succeeds the Center's founding president, journalist Jay Davis, said, 'The Center, and more than 50 similar centers around the country, are doing what many newspapers can no longer afford to do, which is in-depth reporting on the workings of government at all levels. A healthy democracy needs a minimum daily requirement of Vitamin J Journalism to survive and thrive. I look forward to helping the Center fulfill its vital public service role as a watchdog over Maine government.'

Davis, also a journalist and former editor of the Maine Times, said, "It was an honor and a privilege to serve as the first president of the Center's board. My respect for what the Center provides fact-based journalism on subjects as diverse as climate change and a legislator's business dealings continues to grow. There are challenges ahead, but I'm sure we'll meet them, and I look forward to working with Nick Mills."

John Christie, Center founder and senior reporter, said, 'I'm grateful for Jay's leadership in the crucial startup phase of the Center and that he is staying on our board. Nick is also an accomplished journalist whose commitment to the Center's role is already demonstrating the leadership we need in helping make the Center a permanent part of Maine's media landscape.'

Mills has done extensive international media consulting and training. In 2004 he served as an advisor and trainer in the Office of the Spokesman for the President of Afghanistan, in Kabul. In 2005, he spent three months in Kabul meeting with President Hamid Karzai, gathering material for a book ('Karzai The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan,' Wiley & Sons, 2007). In the 1980s Nick worked with the Afghan Resistance and was a founder of the Afghan Media Resource Center in Peshawar, Pakistan in 1987. He has also worked in Iraq, Kosovo, Beirut, Tajikistan, Portugal, Switzerland, Panama, the Caribbean, Ecuador, Colombia, Vietnam and in Washington, D.C., as a frequent trainer for journalists at Radio Free Asia.

Mills lives in Cumberland and Upper Dam, Maine with his eight flyrods and an Old Town canoe.

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