Longtime MDI newspaper editor to leave for PR job – Bangor Daily News

The founding editor of the weekly Mount Desert Islander newspaper is leaving for a communications post at an Acadia National Park-focused nonprofit.

Earl Brechlin founded the paper in 2001 alongside publisher Alan Baker, who also publishes The Ellsworth American. After 16 years at the helm of the Islander and 30 years in the newspaper industry, Brechlin will leave to become communications director at Friends of Acadia at the end of August, the organization announced Friday.

Friends of Acadia is a nonprofit focused on conservation efforts at the national park, tackling projects ranging from wildlife conservation and invasive plant management to carriage road preservation and youth stewardship programs.

“Earl knows Acadia and the surrounding communities as well as anyone, and FOA is thrilled that he will be applying his many talents as a writer, editor, and photographer in support of our mission,” Friends of Acadia president David MacDonald said in a Friday news release.

Brechlin previously served as editor of the now-defunct Bar Harbor Times and is a past president of the Maine and New England press associations. He was named 1997’s Maine Journalist of the Year.

Brechlin wasn’t available for an interview Friday but said in the article announcing his departure that, “it has been an incredible honor over these past 16 years to help tell the stories of the people of this island community.”

Baker called Brechlin’s departure “sad news” but wished him well in his new endeavor.

“Over the past 16 years, Earl and his crew have earned the esteem of the MDI community and won state, regional and national honors for first-rate journalism,” Baker told the Islander. “He’s made us proud. Rest assured that Earl will be succeeded by a capable editor and the Islander will continue to be the excellent newspaper that it is.”



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