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Hall of Fame - Mary Dodge Brewer
Mary Dodge Brewer
Boothbay Register and Wicasset Newspaper
For more than a half-century, Mary Dodge Brewer served as the voice and conscience of her hometown as Managing Editor of the Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper. Following in the footsteps of great Maine editors, from Elijah Parish Lovejoy to James Russell Wiggins, Mary guided her newspaper through troubled times, keeping it afloat and on course, despite the rocks and shoals of economics and uncertainty. Her storied career saw newspapers move from the era when flat bed presses were the norm to today’s use of computerized production and Internet websites to bring the local news to the readers. Under her leadership, the Register won numerous awards while bringing readers big stories, like the controversy surrounding the Maine Yankee Nuclear Plant in Wiscasset, and the important, but not so big stories, including news from fishermen, local businesses, town government and the goings on in various neighborhoods and summer colonies. Through it all she demonstrated the finest characteristics of our profession: integrity, honesty, courage, hard work, and just plain common sense. Her work won praise from one of America’s best loved columnists -- the late Andy Rooney. “One of my favorite newspapers in the world is the Boothbay Register…If I wanted to show someone in a foreign country what America was really like I’d buy them the Boothbay Register.” Mary was president of the Maine Press Association in 1982-83, and named Maine Journalist of the year in 1984.