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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Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting 37 new cases of COVID-19 and another death, a woman in her 80s from Cumberland County. This total number of people associated with COVID-19 who have died is 85.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

On a day when the Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting 52 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths, state officials were forced to deal with the possibility that the virus has infected part of its response team.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Citing a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Janet Mills announced Wednesday that she is postponing the reopening of indoor restaurant service in the state's three most populous counties.

Robert F Bukaty / AP

Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday that her administration is prepared to quadruple the number of people who identify and help isolate people who have been exposed to the coronavirus through what is known as contact tracing.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Facing pressure from the hospitality and tourism industry, the Mills administration announced Thursday that, as of June 1, hotels and other lodging establishments in Maine can begin accepting reservations from residents and out-of-staters who have completed a 14-day quarantine. The change does not technically scrap the quarantine requirement, but it raises more questions about how it will be enforced.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Three more Mainers infected with the new coronavirus have died since Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 69. The Maine CDC also reported 50 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, for a total of 1,565.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine has now had 1,515 cases of COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic, and 66 deaths. That's according to new figures the Maine Center for Disease Control released Wednesday.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine CDC reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 and another death on Monday, the first day that retail businesses in 12 of Maine's 16 counties can resume limited operations.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Buoyed by a new agreement to increase testing for the novel coronavirus, Maine Gov. Janet Mills is modifying her plan to restart the Maine economy. Her revised plan will allow restaurants and retail stores to reopen with new safety restrictions, but with a key caveat: It will only apply to mostly rural parts of the state.

State and local governments have been front and center in the U.S. as we face the coronavirus pandemic. That is especially true because of inconsistent messaging from the Trump administration, and the fact that the federal government has not met states' needs for testing and medical equipment. So how has Maine responded since our first case of COVID-19, which was nearly two months ago?

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday announced a new partnership with a subsidiary of IDEXX Laboratories of Westbrook that could triple the state’s testing capacity for Covid-19. 

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Maine Gov. Janet Mills hinted Wednesday that her administration might soon modify its plan to allow restaurants to resume some operations.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Four more Mainers infected with the coronavirus have died, and another 21 new cases have been identified. That's according to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, who discussed the new figures Tuesday at a live briefing in Augusta.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Twenty new cases of COVID-19 have occurred in Maine in the past 24 hours, for a total of 1,205 since the pandemic began, and at least five additional cases identified Monday afternoon that will be added into Tuesday's total.

David J. Phillip / AP Photo

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maine and other states appears to plateau, scientists and public health experts are looking for ways to track people who may have had it and recovered. One way is with antibody tests, which are used to determine infections and, potentially, who may have immunity to the disease. But the antibody tests now being offered in Maine and elsewhere are far from conclusive.