Pat Richardson and Bob Sansone are the newest members of the Harpswell News Board of Directors.
Harpswell News, the nonprofit publisher of the Harpswell Anchor, recently welcomed two new board members.
Pat Richardson joined the board in December. She grew up in Maine and started her career in the newspaper business while in high school, working at the Kennebec Journal.
Richardson served as publisher of several newspapers, including The Virginian-Pilot; the Capital Gazette and Carroll County Times, both of Maryland; and The Day, of Connecticut. She also held the position of vice president of strategy and associate publisher with the Times Union, of Albany, New York.
She now serves as a digital news transformation coach for the American Press Institute, treasurer and board member at The Maine Monitor, and board member at the First Amendment Museum.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Maine and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville.
Recently retired, Richardson returned to Maine and settled into her home in Cundy’s Harbor. She enjoys spending time with her dad and sisters, who live in Central Maine.
Richardson is excited to support the Anchor as it provides impactful journalism to Harpswell residents and visitors.
Bob Sansone joined the board in January. His career in human resources spanned 40 years: 17 at Combustion Engineering/ABB and 23 at Tyler Technologies, where his last position was chief human resources officer.
Sansone is originally from Stamford, Connecticut. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Villanova University, where he met his wife, Wendy. In 1989, they moved to Yarmouth, where they raised four children.
The couple built a home on Curtis Cove in 2015 and moved to Harpswell in 2018, wanting to spend their retirement in a special place where their children and grandchildren could experience nature and build shared memories.
“When the Anchor was resurrected, I was very impressed with the quality of the content, which was both interesting and well written,” Sansone said. “I also appreciated that, as a nonprofit publication, it had to remain neutral, which enhances the reading experience. A major void in the Harpswell community had been filled.”
Harpswell News now has 12 board members. Established in 2021, the nonprofit seeks to provide nonpartisan, trustworthy local news and to build community in Harpswell.