Who we are
The Penobscot Bay Pilot connects a wide range of communities into a larger and lively online regional network, emphasizing immediate and free access to community news, opinions, public discourse and perspectives, as well as business and citizen participation. The Penobscot Bay Pilot provides answers, information and resources, establishing a hub around which citizens actively engage.
Lynda Clancy, a founding director of Penobscot Bay Pilot, has been reporting in Maine since 1984, when she first started covering Bucksport, its mill and union strikes. The beauty and complexity of New England and the Maritimes — their culture and controversies — have inspired her as a writer, editor and photographer. She has yet to tire of chronicling the lives of hard-working and unique individuals, all of whom shape the times here.
Janis Bunting, a Penobscot Bay Pilot founding director, has more than 20 years of sales experience promoting unique businesses, products and services through trade shows, print and more recently online. Well versed in the opportunities and benefits of online advertising, she puts a lot of effort to stay on the cutting edge of this constantly changing field.
In 1993, Janis left Boston for a one-year residency program at the Maine Photographic Workshop, now known as Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport. She had plans to return to Boston after completing the program, but, while headed south on Route 1 in her rented U-Haul filled with all her belongings, the thought of Camden and its beauty began to haunt her. She decided to turn around and make Camden her home.
Nearly 20 years later, Janis and her husband, Steve, are building a passive solar home in Hope. Janis is blogging about each stage of the building process and sharing some of the interesting and amusing incidents that have occurred.
They currently reside in Hope with daughters Kierra and Quinn, Jessie, their black lab mix, a brood of chickens and two guinea pigs. She is enjoying the benefits of this wonderful coastal town and boating on its beautiful nearby lakes. Janis also continues to stretch her artistic vision with collage work when time allows.
She can be reached at 207 706-6656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kay Stephens, a Maine arts and lifestyle freelance writer, has been with Penobscot Bay Pilot since it launched, covering the Midcoast arts and entertainment scene, events and people. With a B.A. in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism (Ohio University) and an M.A. in writing and publishing from Emerson College, she is a veteran newspaper and magazine writer and has written for TheScene, Penobscot Bay Pilot, The Wave, Dispatch Magazine, Bangor Metro and Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors. She is also the Managing Editor for two Maine magazines: Maine Brew Guide and Activities Guide of Maine.
She is the author of The Ghost Trap, a Maine lobstering novel, and co-author of Cyberslammed, an award-winning nonfiction cyberbullying guide.
Sarah Thompson is a writer for the Penobscot Bay Pilot. She grew up in Augusta and attended the University of Maine school of journalism.
Sarah Shepherd is the police and court reporter for Knox County. She moved to Camden in 2005 after living in Washington, D.C., for 21 years. Sarah’s professional experiences were in fundraising, community relations, special events and volunteer management at several national nonprofits. Her positions included creative writing projects so being a community reporter and writer is an exciting opportunity to share the experiences and stories of some interesting and special people.
After experiencing the fallout from 911, especially when she lived near the Pentagon, Sarah was ready to return to living in a small community. She fell in love with coastal Maine after visiting friends during her summer vacations.
Sarah is active in the local community including serving as a deacon at the First Congregational Church, member and former board member of the Camden Rotary Club and various special event committees, such as Winterfest.
The fall months will find her cheering away for the Penn State Nittany Lions (her Pennsylvania football roots) and now the Patriots, since the Washington Redskins still haven’t had a winning season since she left Washington, D.C.
Sarah lives in Rockport with her two spoiled basset hounds and three cats. Her dream is to write a children’s book through the eyes of her basset hounds.
George Harvey primarily works the sports beat for the Penobscot Bay Pilot. George has been published by news organizations across the United States since diving into journalism in middle school.
Outside his time as a journalist, George has worked in athletics administration for middle school, high school and college teams and serves as a social media coordinator for a handful of organizations.
Jenna Lookner grew up in Camden underfoot at The Waterfront Restaurant which was co-owned by her father until 2012. She began writing for the local newspaper as a contributor while she was in high school. Despite attending college in Boston, and living in Chicago and Portland, Maine for a time, Jenna never lost her passion for the Midcoast. She returned to Camden in 2008 and has continued her career in writing, communications, and public relations. She has a profound interest in the unique communities that comprise the Midcoast region, and is especially interested in farming, agriculture, and their historic — and future — relationship to the greater Midcoast economy. Jenna enjoys telling the stories that underlay the fabric of the region, and meeting the myriad characters who conspire to make Midcoast Maine so unique.
Jenna received a Maine Press Association award for environmental reporting in 2012, and contributed photos and/or copy to national publications including Air & Space Magazine, Aviation Digest, and Hemmings Motor News. She is a member of the board of directors at Maine Coast Animal Rescue, and serves on the Camden Select Board. Her interests include aviation and automotive history, working with animals, and exploring the vibrant state of Maine — both on foot and by road in her 1971 MGB. She lives in Camden with her husband, Ethan.