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Jason Pafundi, a native Floridian who moved to Maine from Los Angeles in August 2015 with his wife, covers Hallowell, Togus, education and religion. He began his career at the Kennebec Journal in November 2015 after freelancing for the Portland Press Herald for several months. Pafundi graduated from the University of Florida earlier this century and has taught high school English, coached varsity basketball and worked in media relations for the New York Rangers. The diehard Mets and Redskins fan is a sports, movies, music and television fanatic who enjoys discussing current events, history and pop culture. He’s attended two Super Bowls, two World Series, a Stanley Cup Final and has seen Elton John in concert 13 times and counting. Pafundi’s modest goals for 2017 including cutting back on his cheese consumption.