About MaineToday Media
MaineToday Media provides news and information for local, state, national and international matters. We strive to inform and enlighten our readers with reporting and editorial content that enrich lives, challenge thinking and are vital to Maine. Our media properties include the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel, The Coastal Journal, PressHerald.com, CentralMaine.com and MaineToday.com.
We are committed to delivering content by employing a variety of sources including traditional print products and emerging technology platforms. Our goal is to allow our readers to access our information in any manner of their choosing. Our content is produced and available throughout the world for people seeking information regarding the State of Maine and beyond.
MaineToday Media provides an advertising platform that brings buyers and sellers together for the exchange of goods and services. As the largest media company in Maine, with the largest audience in Maine, our print and online products reach over 100,000 households and over 1.2 million unique visitors every month.
Lisa DeSisto is the Chief Executive Officer for Maine Today Media which publishes The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel, and The Coastal Journal.
Before joining MTM in November 2012, she worked in a variety of positions at The Boston Globe.
Most recently, she served as Chief Advertising Officer for The Boston Globe and General Manager for Boston.com. Lisa spent most of her career at The Boston Globe as the VP/General Manager of Boston.com directing the site’s development into the most visited local media website in New England. She joined Boston.com as marketing manager just two days after the site’s launch in 1995.
Before joining the Globe, she held marketing positions at The Boston Phoenix, Boston Magazine and WRKO Radio. In 2006, Lisa was named Online Innovator of the Year by the Newspaper Association of America. Boston Magazine named her one of the Most Powerful Women in Boston. While in Boston, she served on the executive committee of the Ad Club of Boston and on the board of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Lisa is a 1985 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Cliff Schechtman joined the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram as Managing Editor in October of 2011 and became the Executive Editor in February of 2012. A veteran editor with 30 years experience in investigative and community journalism, Cliff was hired from Newsday where he was associate editor of the metropolitan newspaper on Long Island, New York. At Newsday since 2005, he held various positions including associate managing editor, where he was responsible for news, politics and business coverage. Prior to that, he was editor-in-chief at the Cape Cod Times for nearly 10 years, where he was credited with sharpening the paper’s coverage and raising its profile across New England.
During his career, Schechtman guided many award-winning public service projects such as exposing the National Guard’s pollution of local drinking water supplies, proving safety negligence was injuring scores of passengers on the nation’s largest commuter railroad system and prompting a state supreme court to force a county sheriff to reveal his secret force of 200 deputy sheriffs.
His public safety project for Newsday was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service journalism in 2007.
He served as a juror for the 2015 Pulitzer Prizes for Explanatory Journalism.
Cliff and his wife Ann-Marie live in Pownal. They have two grown sons.
Vice President, Advertising
Barbara Bock joined MTM as Vice President of Advertising in June 2013. She brings 16 years of experience as National Advertising Director for the Boston Globe, where she built and managed a multi-million dollar integrated print and online sales division with offices in NY, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. AT MTM, Barbara is responsible for developing MTM’s advertising sales capabilities and revenue performance. She leads a team of consultative sales professionals who work with local businesses to execute integrated marketing campaigns across multiple platforms including print, online, mobile and events. Barbara and her husband Jay live in South Portland and have two grown daughters.
Managing Editor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
Steve joined the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram as Managing Editor in July 2012. This is his second tour of duty with the company. Steve was hired from The Boston Globe, where he spent 12 years in a number of roles, including Editor of Page One Features. At the Globe, Steve was key in reshaping Page One, transforming the features sections and launching new sections. He led a team of award-winning reporters and editors whose work received national acclaim. Before joining the Globe, Steve held a variety of positions at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from 1993 to 2000, including features editor, city editor, night city editor and City Hall reporter. Prior to that, he was the City Hall reporter at The Day, an award-winning newspaper in New London, Conn. A native of Warwick, R.I., Steve is a 1991 graduate of the University of Rhode Island. Steve is also a jazz critic, musician and runner who has competed in every Beach to Beacon 10K since 2007. He and his wife have three children.
Chief Information Officer
Stewart spent the first six years of his career working for the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs, as the client systems lead engineer and global team manager. While there, Stewart spent the last year working with the Systems Division implementing their thin office solution. From New York City, Stewart moved to Maine where he worked for a local technology consulting company as the team manager and solution architect. His primary responsibilities there, beyond managing the technical team, were to meet with the executive leadership of client companies, understand their business needs, and then devise and implement technical solutions to fix their problems. Stewart joined MaineToday Media’s executive team as the Director of IT in March of 2011. He is a 2001 graduate of Hamilton College and lives in Portland.
Vice President, Labor & Employee Relations
Maryann joined what is now MaineToday Media in 1993 where she has been working in Human Resources/Labor Relations since. She is skilled in labor contract negotiations, conflict resolution, management consultation, grievances and arbitration. While she is not an attorney, her familiarity with Maine labor laws gives her a unique perspective when advising the leadership team with respect to the workforce. Her 32 year career in Human Resources started at the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. She is a 1971 graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. She is married with four grown children and lives with her husband in Scarborough.
Vice President, Marketing
Stefanie Manning joined MTM as Vice President of Marketing in May 2013. She brings 24 years of marketing and brand development experience at prominent multi-media brands including New York Magazine, SELF Magazine, Newsweek, BusinessWeek and the past 12 years at Hearst’s O, The Oprah Magazine. At MTM, Stefanie is responsible for developing and implementing programs across all marketing platforms including: Consumer/Brand marketing, B2B Marketing, Circulation Marketing, Product Portfolio Development and Market Research/ Analytics. Manning and her husband Tom are also the owners of the Miss Portland Diner on Marginal Way in Portland. They live in Cape Elizabeth with their three daughters Kalie, Aerin and Olivia.