Steve Mistler

Chief Political Correspondent and State House Bureau Chief

Steve has been a journalist for nearly two decades, specializing in the coverage of politics and state government. His work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Newspaper and Press Association for investigative projects and accountability journalism. He was named the MPA’s Journalist of the Year in 2011 for his coverage of municipal government for The Forecaster in Falmouth and, later, for his coverage of state government for the Sun Journal in Lewiston.

Steve became the state house bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram in 2012. After four years with Maine’s largest daily newspaper, Steve made the leap to radio journalism, joining Maine Public in May 2016.

Steve is married with one child and has two crazy dogs. His family lives in Brunswick.

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Updated 5:52 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.


Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody has called an allegation that he fired a former employee after she gave birth "outrageous." He is defending himself and his company, Moody Collision Centers, after a 12-year-old sex discrimination claim filed by a former employee resurfaced on Friday in a New York Times story.

And now another edition of Maine's Political Pulse with our politics team in Augusta, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  In this episode, Susan Sharon sat down with the team to look at this week's heated debates between the candidates for Maine's 2nd District Congressional seat. 

Associated Press

Updated October 5, 2018 3:55 p.m.

Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced Friday that she will vote for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

It’s the top story in the news — the coming vote on confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court — and it’s presenting Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine with possibly the most consequential vote of her career.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

The four candidates in Maine’s race for governor offered up their views on the economy, the workforce and education Wednesday morning, during a forum hosted by the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins is among a small number of centrist senators who could determine whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

Update September 28, 2018 4:22 p.m.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has said it will recommend a supplemental FBI background investigation into Justice Kavanaugh, and Senate Republican leaders have agreed to delay a confirmation vote. Sen. Collins tweeted that she supports this decision. 

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat from Maine’s 1st District, has held her seat and defended it convincingly for a decade.

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Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, potentially a key swing vote for Brett Kavanaugh's lifetime confirmation to the Supreme Court, is joining millions of other Americans watching Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills outraised Republican rival Shawn Moody over a two-month stretch this summer to take the overall fundraising lead in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Paul LePage.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Groups that can spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections have combined to bring in nearly $3 million already on Maine legislative and gubernatorial races.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

As the controversy around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh roils Washington, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine faces intense pressure at home.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she was appalled by a tweet from President Trump criticizing the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault. The tweet questions why Christine Blasey Ford failed to report the alleged crime at the time.

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says professor Christine Blasey Ford should testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s, but Ford wants an FBI investigation first.