Eric Russell has been a general assignment reporter at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2012 and has been a journalist in Maine for 13 years. Because he doesn’t have a specific geographic or topical area to cover, Eric often is free to roam the state in pursuit of the most interesting stories, whether it’s tackling the big topic of the day or chasing ideas that fall just outside the boundaries of everyday news. His favorite assignments are ones where he can leave the office and meet with people in their homes or their workplaces to talk about their struggles and challenges – and sometimes their triumphs. Or to try and answer complicated questions: How does a woman die alone in a Wells mobile home without anyone knowing for 2.5 years? How does a convicted rapist from Massachusetts disappear before his sentencing and then live quietly in Gorham for 34 years before being caught? How does a husband in Bath respond when his wife develops early-onset Alzheimer’s disease? Eric grew up in Southern Maine, went to college at the University of Maine and worked in Bangor for eight years before joining the Press Herald. He lives in Brunswick with his wife, a school teacher, and two daughters.

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  • June 19, 2012

    Residents have their say on Maine Turnpike toll increase plan

    At the first of three public hearings this week, central Maine residents express skepticism about the need for an increase, and seem concerned about equity.

  • June 19, 2012

    Groups raise alarm over possible tar sands pipeline

    Environmental groups protest the possible flow of tar sands crude oil from Montreal to Portland even though no firm plans have been made to involve Maine.

  • June 18, 2012

    Public hearings on Turnpike toll hikes slated

    PORTLAND — For several decades, ridership on the Maine Turnpike increased like clockwork by an average of 2.5 to 3 percent every year. Toll revenue did the same.

  • June 15, 2012

    Report: Pilot error, engine failure caused Biddeford plane crash

    The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the pilot failed to maintain proper speed in part because of engine failure caused by improperly installed parts.

  • June 12, 2012

    Health exchange decision could hurt state

    Even with the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in doubt, many states are positioning themselves to be ready with at least one provision of the federal law: setting up insurance exchanges.

  • June 12, 2012

    Maine holds off on insurance exchange for ruling

    Even with the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in doubt, many states are positioning themselves to be ready with at least one provision of the federal law: setting up insurance exchanges.

  • June 7, 2012

    Live cam catches ospreys hatching on Maine coast

    The first of three chicks hatched a little before noon today. The other two hatchlings are expected later in the day.

  • June 2, 2012

    Turnpike plans toll hike

    The Maine Turnpike Authority has proposed a $26 million toll increase, largely to continue paying down debt associated with a massive widening project on Interstate 95 from several years ago, Director Peter Mills announced Friday.

  • June 2, 2012

    Toll hike coming down the road

    The Maine Turnpike Authority has proposed a $26 million toll increase, largely to continue paying down debt associated with a massive widening project on Interstate 95 from several years ago, Director Peter Mills announced Friday.

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    June 1, 2012

    Driven to exact a higher toll

    The turnpike authority wants to increase motorists’ cost of using the road in order to pay down debt from its widening.