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.

Ways to Connect

Mal Leary / Maine Public File

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says she does not plan to get involved in a potential ballot campaign that could determine whether Central Maine Power (CMP) can build a controversial transmission line through Western Maine, even though she supports the project.

Courtesty LaJeunesse campaign

A former Google executive and senior adviser to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced his bid to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

Say NO to NECEC Facebook

Opponents of Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line project through western Maine say the effort to put the issue on the 2020 ballot got a boost from yesterday's election.

Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen says Sen. Susan Collins' reelection chances will not be affected by her position on impeaching the president, as long as she explains her decision to voters.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Former Secretary of State John Kerry encouraged Maine voters to make climate change a priority issue in the 2020 election and he cited President Trump's efforts to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord as a motivator.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

The installation of solar panels at the governor's mansion in Augusta got underway Tuesday, fulfilling a vow by Gov. Janet Mills to lead by example in the state's effort to dramatically reduce carbon emissions by 2050.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Former Maine Republican Sen. William Cohen says President Donald Trump's assault on democratic institutions will intensify if he's elected to a second term.

It's a slow year for the statewide ballot, but an intriguing mayoral race will be decided in the city of Portland on Tuesday. Politics in Maine's largest city closely resemble the topics and tenor of state and national politics, but with one key difference: In Portland it's not Democrats and Republicans duking it out, but Democrats essentially debating how progressive they want the city to be.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Maine's campaign finance regulators voted Wednesday to fine Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon’s now-dissolved political action committee for contributions made in her name three years ago. But the Maine Ethics Commission declined to investigate the matter further.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage Wednesday used his first major public appearance since leaving office to try to reframe his eight controversial years in office — and to continue teasing a possible run in 2022. LePage's engagement with student protesters at Colby College shows how the conservative firebrand is shifting responsibility for his record of divisive comments to his favorite foil.

"Say NO to 145-mile CMP transmission line through Maine" via Facebook

Central Maine Power is gearing up to beat back a potential referendum on its controversial power line through western Maine.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP File

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins continues to build a formidable war chest for her likely 2020 reelection bid, even as she was outpaced last quarter by Democratic challenger Sara Gideon.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Maine will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day for the first time Monday, since the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Janet Mills changed the holiday from Columbus Day.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

As the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump slogs forward, Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins faces a big dilemma — again.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Maine independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says President Donald Trump's phone call this summer with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky looks like an attempted transaction, and is worth exploring through the House impeachment inquiry.