ORONO - University of Maine athletic director Steve Abbott announced today that he'll be leaving his job in the coming months. Abbott says he plans to return to Senator Collins campaign, where he worked as her chief of staff for a number of years. Politics has long been an interest for Abbott, who ran for governor in 2010, losing to Governor Lepage. He also says that there were a number of challenges that made his job difficult and time consuming, and his hope is now he'll have more time to spend with his family in Portland. Abbott has led the UMaine athletic department for four years, and will continue on with the program for the time being while a nationwide search is conducted. The hope is a new athletic director will be named before he leaves the position.
Craig Colson became news director and anchor at WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox Bangor in December of 2012. He began his career in broadcasting in 1985 while working as a news photographer at another Bangor television station. Craig worked his way up through the ranks and became the main anchor for the nightly newscasts before leaving in 2009. At that point, he became news director for four local radio stations and delivered the morning news before taking on his current position.
Craig grew up in a "news family" and followed in the footsteps of his father who was also a news director and anchor. His brother is also a news photographer at a Boston television station.
Craig's career has brought him all over-reporting from everywhere from Washington D.C. to Red Square in Moscow, Russia. When he isn't reporting the news, Craig can be found taking on new adventures with his two daughters or exploring the coast of Maine in his kayak. His other passion is making furniture in his shop or just about anything involving the outdoors.