Maine Morning Star is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan news site covering state policy and politics — and how they impact the lives of Maine’s people. We focus on issues that Mainers grapple with every day: from the overdose crisis, to housing affordability, to tribal rights, to the challenges of the legal system, to the impact that our changing climate will have on the geography and economy of the Pine Tree State.

We aim to hold powerful people and institutions accountable and explain how their actions affect communities from Kennebunk to Caribou. You might say we’ve got Moxie™. 

Ultimately, we believe good journalism is essential for a strong democracy and that honest reporting can empower Mainers to create the world that they hope to achieve. 

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Lauren McCauley


Lauren McCauley is an editor and reporter covering politics and policy in Maine for more than 10 years. She is the former editor of Maine Beacon. Lauren also produced the documentary film “Mississippi Messiah’’ about civil rights icon James Meredith, and worked on several others including the award-winning “Soundtrack for a Revolution.’’ Her writing has been featured in Newsweek, BillMoyers.com, TruthDig, Truthout, In These Times, and Extra! the newsletter of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. She currently lives in Kennebunk with her family.

Evan Popp


Evan Popp studied journalism at Ithaca College. He joins Maine Morning Star following three years at the Maine Beacon writing about statewide politics. Before that, he worked for the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper and interned at the Progressive magazine, ThinkProgress and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Evan's interests include writing about the criminal legal system and the environment along with producing long-form, narrative journalism.

Emma Davis


Emma Davis is a reporter based in Portland, Maine, where she focuses on government accountability. She comes to Maine Morning Star after working as a researcher for Type Investigations in New York City, a reporter via Report for America in Ohio, and a fellow with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Denmark. Her also work has appeared in The Hechinger Report, PBS NewsHour, EdSurge, Fortune Magazine and the Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism, among others. She grew up in New York and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and leadership studies from the University of Richmond.

AnnMarie Hilton


AnnMarie Hilton grew up in a suburb of Chicago and studied journalism at Northwestern University. Before coming to Maine, she covered education for newspapers in Wisconsin and Indiana.