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Michele has been the photo editor of the Portland Press Herald for five years. Previously she was a photographer for the Boston Globe, The Virginian-Pilot, and the Concord Monitor. She began her journalism career as a reporter/photographer for the Daily Eagle, in Claremont, NH. Michele’s first camera was a Kodak Brownie Starflash camera, which she got when she was 9. She used it to take unusual family photos, like one of her youngest sister Megan refusing to move from the neighbor’s driveway. (Megan McDonald is the author of the Judy Moody and Stink series, well-known books for children). Michele still has the camera. It has a roll of undeveloped film in it, which she’ll get around to developing someday. A college dropout (from Bensalem, an experimental college that no longer exists), Michele later won a mid-career Nieman fellowship to Harvard. She was a finalist for a feature photography Pulitzer Prize for her photos of a young woman choosing to die in hospice care. She was a juror for the Pulitzer prizes in photography in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

  • Published
    April 9, 2024

    In photos: Look back on the total solar eclipse in Maine

    The chances of pristine weather during the rainy April season were slim. But locals, tourists and chasers of celestial events who took a risk on Maine enjoyed the payoff.

    Here’s some of the best work from our photographers across the state and the path of totality.

  • Published
    January 31, 2024

    In photos: Greater Portland sees snow, at last

    Greater Portland saw only a half inch of snow in December. With the exception of 1999, when the area had only a trace amount of snow, it’s the smallest amount since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1882. But January has been playing catch-up and winter is far from over. Here are some of our favorite photos from this month’s snowstorms.

  • Published
    January 13, 2024

    In photos: Maine’s coast battered by yet another storm

    Around 2 inches of rain fell Saturday in southern Maine, flooding low-lying streets and businesses, while a record-breaking high tide inundated the already-soggy coast, eroded beaches and washed away two iconic fishing shacks.

  • Published
    December 26, 2023

    2023 Photos of the Year: Maine in mourning

    On the night of Oct. 25, minutes after Lewiston police began fielding calls about multiple shootings in the city, the newspapers of the Maine Trust for Local News mobilized as one newsroom to learn everything we could about what would turn out to be the deadliest shooting in Maine history. On that night, 18 people were killed and 13 injured and a manhunt was launched to find the shooter. Photographers from the Sun Journal, the Kennebec Journal and the Portland Press Herald fanned out across the area to document it all – the fear, the shock, the anger, the manhunt, the extraordinary outpouring of shared grief and pain. This is some of their best work from those dark days.

  • Published
    July 14, 2023

    In photos: The best of Varsity Maine spring sports

    Photo by Brianna Soukup/Press Herald York’s Cary Drake comes in first in the 800-meter run at the Class B State Track Championships at Freeport High School on June 3. Photo by Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Mt. Ararat’s Kennedy Lampert, foreground, gets a hug from teammate Alex Durant after Lampert hit an inside-the-park home run during a […]

  • Published
    July 14, 2023

    In photos: The best of Varsity Maine winter sports

    Photo by Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel Carrabec High School head basketball coach Erik Carey prepares his players for a game at Carrabec High School in Solon on Tuesday, January 17. Photo by Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel Ellsworth diver Kiera Springer completes her dive under the scrutiny of judges during the Class B girls swimming championships at […]

  • Published
    July 14, 2023

    In photos: The best of Varsity Maine fall sports

    Photo by Ben McCanna/Press Herald Scarborough’s Ali Mokriski, left, and Lana Djuranovic celebrate after Djuranovic scored a header off Mokriski’s corner kick to win in double overtime against Brunswick in the Class A girls’ soccer state championship. Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Press Herald Cheverus’s Joe Osei, left, celebrates with teammate Elijah Timlin after Timlin scored […]

  • Published
    June 4, 2023

    In photos: A look inside the lives of Maine’s parent caregivers

    Families with medically fragile children hope that a bill awaiting votes in the Maine House and Senate will pass and allow parent caregivers to receive the same MaineCare compensation that hired caregivers get. Heather Johnson and Andrea Dole are mothers of children who need constant care and, as a result, can’t work themselves. Here’s a look at a small part of their lives.

    Photos by staff photographer Sofia Aldinio

  • Published
    January 29, 2023

    In photos: After some dustings, snow finally makes clean sweep over Maine

    Winter made itself known slowly this year, with only a few light snows by the time the season officially began. By then, some of us were already muttering that Maine winters as we once knew them were over.
    That all changed in recent days, with storm after storm blanketing everything in white, and Press Herald photographers were there to chronicle the season’s first big performance.

  • Published
    December 28, 2022

    2022 Photos Of The Year

    The best photojournalists carefully observe the world. They notice the most authentic details and bring them to us in ways we are unable to forget.
    Photographs by themselves may not be able to change the world or stop a war, but they can pinpoint what we have in common, what’s worth our investment, our hope, our struggle and our fight. They can help us see our surroundings more clearly. They can inspire us to action.
    Here we share some of the best of the year from the photographers of the Portland Press Herald.