Thompson will be based in Augusta and begin work in early fall. He had previously served as editorial page editor at the Fort Worth (Texas) Business Press before stepping away from journalism in 2007.
Thompson told the Portland Press-Herald he was invited to take the position in Maine by Richard L. Connor, president and chief executive officer of MaineToday Media Inc., which owns the Journal and Sentinel as well as the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. Thompson had previously worked for Connor as city editor at The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. in the early 1980s, when Connor served as editor and publisher of that paper.
"I really think he understands what needs to be done to make a newspaper successful at this time," Thompson told the Portland paper, for which he will also write editorials. "I want to be part of that."
Thompson describes himself politically as conservative, and will be in frequent contact with Connor on editorials. Connor, a native of Bangor, Maine, currently reviews all editorials for the newspapers and reserves the right to edit, accept or reject them.
By: E&P Staff Bill Thompson has been hired as the editorial page editor of the Kennebec Journal of Augusta, Maine, and the Morning Sentinel of Waterville, Maine.