Veteran journalist J. Craig Anderson joined the staff of the Harpswell Anchor on May 3.

The Harpswell Anchor is doubling its news staff with the addition of a full-time reporter.

Craig Anderson brings more than 20 years of experience in journalism. He was a business editor and business reporter at the Portland Press Herald from 2013-2022, a business reporter at The Arizona Republic from 2008-2013, and a reporter and assistant city editor at the East Valley (Arizona) Tribune from 2002-2008.

Anderson was in the U.S. Army from 1991-1995, serving as an intelligence analyst and Arabic linguist at the National Security Agency. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. A resident of Freeport, he started work at the Anchor on May 3.

Anderson joins the Anchor’s editor, J.W. Oliver, on the full-time news staff.

The addition of a full-time reporter — a goal since the founding of the new Anchor in 2021 — will allow for more frequent and up-to-date coverage of town government and local schools, as well as more in-depth reports like May’s “Development and the Harpswell Environment.”

Also joining the Anchor staff is Miles Bergquist as seasonal news intern. Bergquist, of Brunswick, is a rising senior at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada.

The Anchor is bringing on a paid seasonal news intern for the second straight year. The Anchor plans to continue the program on an annual basis, both to supplement summertime coverage and to provide experience and mentorship to aspiring journalists.

“Thanks to excellent support from our community, the Anchor has added a highly respected Maine journalist and a student intern to its staff,” said Greg Bestick, president of the Harpswell News Board of Directors. “We plan to provide even more in-depth coverage of issues that affect Harpswell’s present and future.”

Harpswell News, a nonprofit, publishes the Harpswell Anchor.