Who, What, Where, When, Why

The Mainer News Cooperative was co-founded by Chris Busby and Crash Barry earlier this year as a response to the corporatization and consolidation of most of Maine’s print and digital media companies. We’re seizing this opportunity to resurrect the dying local news industry by providing more meaningful content and high-impact, long-form journalism. Mainernews.com launches on Labor Day as a daily companion to the monthly print version of Mainer, replacing The Bollard, which is already distributed to hundreds of locations across the Pine Tree State.

Chris Busby — Mainer’s editor-in-chief — has been the editor and publisher of The Bollard since the Portland newsmonthly’s debut in 2005. Prior to The Bollard, he was editor of the now defunct Casco Bay Weekly and from 2012 to 2016, he was a former politics and culture columnist for the Bangor Daily News. Chris is a founding board member of the Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance (the group that created Portland Buy Local). For decades, he’s been spinning rare and rarified soul and funk music as a volunteer DJ for community radio station WMPG. He and his family live in Woolwich.

Crash Barry — Mainer’s editor-at-large — is a journalist, filmmaker, and the bestselling author of the novel Sex, Drugs and Blueberries, the memoir Tough Island and the true tale Marijuana Valley. He’s been writing about the seamy side of Maine life since 1993, often going undercover to discover the real story. For the past two years, Crash has been investigating a gang of evil criminals in preparation for Season One of his true-crime podcast, “Devils and Dirtbags.” He lives near a cannabis grove in the foothills of western Maine with his wife and various critters.

Mainer‘s team also includes art director Nathan Galvez and Bollard contributors Samuel James, Phoebe Kolbert, “Tackle Box” Billy Kelley, Robin Rage, Joe Sweeney, Katy Finch, Bob Bergeron, Dan Zarin, Cory Tracy, Gary Manners, Sarah Bouchard and Zara Boss. Seth Macy, founder of the satirical website New Maine News, is joining us, and in the coming months Mainer will be hiring an associate editor, two reporters, and many more Maine freelance writers and artists.

To learn more about why Maine needs and deserves Mainer, (plus details about subscribing and the prizes you could win during our Mainer contest this May) read Chris Busby’s cover story in the May edition of The Bollard.

Subscribe today to help bring down the bad guys and keep the good times rolling! Thank you for being a Mainer.