Sjoberg to cover sports, news for Caribou and PI papers

12 years ago
Kevin Sjoberg

By Mark Putnam
Managing editor

Veteran journalist Kevin Sjoberg has rejoined the staff of the Caribou and Presque Isle newspapers after a year-long absence. He will primarily cover sports and recreation news in central Aroostook County as well as contribute occasional news and features to the Aroostook Republican & News and Star-Herald newspapers.

Sjoberg replaces Jon Gulliver who recently took a position with the Northern Maine Development Commission and Aroostook Partnership for Progress initiative.

A native of Caribou and University of Maine graduate, Sjoberg brings 25 years of solid sportswriting experience to the longstanding weekly newspapers. In his current duties, the Presque Isle resident will also take photographs and lay out the sports/recreation pages each week.

For Sjoberg, the return to the sports desk is a welcome opportunity. He began his duties on May 23rd.

“It’s a blessing being able to return to work and covering the local sports scene. I’m certainly grateful for the opportunity. I’ve always enjoyed the beat because the community embraces athletics,” he said.

Although some of the names and faces have changed during the past 12 months, Sjoberg has had little trouble picking up where he left off.

“I have been able to forge solid working relationships over the years with the coaches, ADs and others involved in recreation and sports and look forward to building on that,” he said.

Sjoberg began employment with Northeast Publishing Company following his college graduation in May 1988. He served as sports editor/news reporter with the Aroostook Republican through 1995 and was sports editor for both the Caribou and Presque Isle newspapers from 1995-2005 and in brief stints since.

The 1984 Caribou High School graduate is a two-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year (National Sportscasters and Sportwriters Association) and has received multiple awards from the Maine Press Association through its annual “Better Newspaper Contest.”

Sjoberg and his wife Sue reside in Presque Isle with their children Emily, 13, Jacob, 11, and Faith, 7.