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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Nick Woodward / Maine Public

As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to accelerate, researchers and epidemiologists at the Maine Center for Disease Control are using several scientific models to prepare for an outbreak that could kill between 100 and 1,000 residents.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills says Maine will likely push back its June 9 primary election to July 14 to alleviate concerns that in-person voting could further the spread of COVID-19.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Updated April 6, 2020 at 1:14 p.m. ET.

Maine now has 499 cases of COVID-19, an additional 29 cases since Sunday, says Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah.  More than 350 of those cases are among residents of Cumberland and York counties.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Like many states, Maine has experienced very limited capacity to test for COVID-19, first because of the number of tests available and later because of a nationwide shortage of a critical element needed to produce a result. Now, with the introduction of a new rapid testing platform, the Maine Center of Disease Control says it is poised to pick up the pace.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Updated April 2, 2020 at 2:27 p.m. ET.

The Maine Center for Disease Control Thursday is reporting 376 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 32 cases from yesterday’s report.

As the surge of COVID-19 cases increases in Maine and across the U.S., public health officials and epidemiologists are attempting to model when the outbreak could hit its peak. Health officials acknowledge that the forecasts are imprecise, but can serve as guide posts as they attempt to plan for the worst.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Citing the historic public health threat of the coronavirus, Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday issued a stay-at-home order for all Maine residents and visitors.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Maine Center for Disease Control Director Nirav Shah says the federal government has shipped what could be the state’s last shipment of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health care workers.

JOE RAEDLE / Getty Images via NPR

Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday that there will be notifications on the Maine Turnpike near the New Hampshire border telling visitors from out-of-state that they must self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in Maine if they are coming from places designated as COVID-19 hotspots. The governor says the move comes amid concerns that people will attempt to flee other states and worsen the outbreak here while also overwhelming the state's health care system.

David Goldman / AP Photo

The Maine Center for Disease Control is now prioritizing COVID-19 test results for residents and employees in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. The change marks a departure from federal guidelines, which had originally ranked testing in such facilities as a lower priority. But the change comes amid concern that the federal test ranking was ignoring the risk of infection in nursing homes to both residents and staff.

Biddeford native Ross LaJeunesse announced Thursday that he is ending his bid for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Susan Collins.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Updated March 25, 2020 at 3:10 p.m. ET.

Maine now has 142 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, a jump of 24 cases in a day. Eighty-seven of the cases are in Cumberland County, and 23 are in York County.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

As Maine Gov. Janet Mills takes additional measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, she and other governors are saying residents should brace for a long period of sacrifice to protect public health. But President Donald Trump has begun signaling a dramatically different approach, telling Americans Tuesday that he wants large sections of the economy reopened by mid-April.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills Mills has signed an executive order that adds new restrictions on non-essential businesses. Her order closes public-facing locations and businesses that cannot offer employees enough space to work safely with one another. The new steps come as Maine's total number of cases reached 118. Maine Public's Chief Political Correspondent Steve Mistler broke down the specifics with our All Things Considered host Nora Flaherty.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Updated March 23, 2020 at 3:58 p.m. ET.

The Maine Center for Disease is reporting 107 cases of COVID-19 across Maine, an increase of 18 cases since just Sunday.