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Mike DeSumma has been a member of the NEWS CENTER team since October of 2009 and comes to us from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In his many years as a mutlimedia journalist in our Bangor newsroom, his passion for story-telling has taken him from logging roads in the north woods to busy communities Downeast and in the Midcoast. His steady reporting focuses mostly on issues tied to the state's economy, local education as well as environmental projects. Yet at his core he enjoys telling stories about every day people and the experiences that have shaped their lives.

Throughout 2011 Mike extensively covered the tense sale of the Katahdin region's two paper mills --- a tough transition that left more than 400 area jobs hanging in the balance. He has also reported on numerous court cases over the years including the capital murder trials of Rory Holland, Nathaneal Nightingale, and Jay Mercier.

Before starting his career, Mike earned a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He completed four news internships during his year's of schooling and also worked as a temporary Capitol Hill correspondent for WTAJ News in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

In his spare time he enjoys cooking, hiking, getting outdoors and enjoying everything Maine has to offer!

Years have passed but Mike is still thrilled to call Bangor his home and work on the stories that matter most to you. If you have a story idea or would just like to say "hello" to Mike (and he'll appreciate that because he loves people), you can send him an e-mail at any time to mdesumma@wlbz.gannett.com.

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