What does golf have to do with the governor?

This week, the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting published Senior Reporter John Christie’s in-depth profile of Maine Gov. Paul LePage, “The Book on Paul LePage: The ‘biggest, baddest person around’ crashes Augusta’s ‘nicey-nicey’ club.”

But after six months of reporting, not everything Christie knows about LePage made it into the story.

Watch a two-part interview with Christie, where he talks about LePage’s golf swing,

Senior reporter John Christie, being interviewed by Naomi Schalit

Hildie Lipson

John Christie, being interviewed by Naomi Schalit

about what the story headline really means and why he chose to tackle the subject in the first place.

Christie interview, Part 1 and Part 2

MPBN’s Irwin Gratz also interview Christie, and here’s that audio interview, in two parts: 

MPBN interview, Part I

MPBN interview, Part II

If you want to know how to set up an interview with a governor who is famously averse to the press, you can also read Christie’s Reporter’s Notebook, “How we got the LePage story,” right here.  

And last month, the Center published a two-part series, “RX for Theft, on pharmacists who abuse and steal drugs. The professional group for investigative journalists, called “Investigative Reporters and Editors,” interviewed senior reporter Naomi Schalit about how she got that story — she calls it “recreational data cruising” — and you can read that  account at “Behind the Story: Maine pharmacists get licenses despite history of drug abuse.”




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