OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHeather Steeves is a journalist who often veers from the news world on detours rich with photography, video, stop motion animation, blogging, roller derby, creative nonfiction writing and reading lots and lots of novels. Occasionally she’s ventured into the not-as-evil-as-it-sounds world of public relations, where she managed and coordinated major promotional efforts for various businesses.

Steeves is a journalist currently in Portland, Maine. Most recently, she was on the staff at the Portland Press Herald, producing and editing content for the lifestyle website Mainetoday.com. There Steeves produced articles and slideshows about travel in Maine, lifestyle news and pieces about fun things to do in the state.

Before that, she was a reporter for The Oregonian newspaper, where she covered several cities in Clackamas County. She was part of an award-winning news team that covered the Clackamas Town Center shooting.

Previously, Steeves was a reporter at the daily newspaper, the Bangor Daily News.  She covered local news as well as the Maine Department of Corrections and education beats. Steeves worked at the Bangor Daily News for three years and won an investigative journalism award from the Maine Press Association for her work with the paper. She also was named the winner of the Bob Drake Award for Young Writers for her work through 2011.

Steeves has worked for or interned at: The Union Leader (NH), The Concord Monitor (NH), WMUR News 9 (NH), The Associated Press (ME), The Ellsworth American (ME), The Maine Campus newspaper (editor), The Maine Channel (TV producer), WMEB radio (ME). She graduated from the University of Maine magna cum laude specializing in both broadcast and print journalism.

Steeves was one of 18 print journalists accepted into the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists’ Reporters Institute.

She was one of 15 journalists selected nationwide to be in a week-long investigative reporting workshop and acted as a judge in the Maine Press Association’s 2008 conference about news websites. In 2008 Steeves was also announced the unofficial dodgeball champion of the University of Maine – she has a trophy.

In her spare time, Heather “Hard Dash” Steeves can be found in a roller rink where she skates for Maine Roller Derby’s all star team.

She can be reached at HSteeves[at]gmail[dot]com.

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