Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda

Colby College

Trinity College Dublin (TCD)


Erin Rhoda is the editor overseeing investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News, a daily newspaper that covers the state of Maine. She formed the Maine Focus team in 2014, after working for two years as the newspaper's editorial page editor. In addition to leading her team, Erin also writes, often centering her work on the topics of domestic and sexual violence, addiction, public health and the future of rural communities. She was named "Journalist of the Year" in 2016 for chronicling the life of a young man addicted to heroin who never got the help that could have saved his life. She has investigated many local and state agencies, including sheriff's offices and the Maine State Police, and her stories have prompted legislation, a lawsuit and grassroots organizing. In 2018 she was named one of Maine's most trusted journalists. She has received many other local, state and national honors.

Erin is a 2009 Mitchell Scholar. She received a master's degree in creative writing from Trinity College in Dublin where she grew her portfolio of short stories and poetry. The freedom to focus on writing for a year in Ireland helped galvanize her resolve to make writing her career.

Erin earned her undergraduate degree from Colby College in Maine where she graduated summa cum laude in 2006.