Framing Maine 1: Television Host and Reporter Bill Green

A Conversation with Bill Green, featuring NPR’s Brian Naylor

The Maine Studies Program was proud to host an event on November 9th, 2017, featuring noted television host and reporter Bill Green, a University of Maine alumnus. The title of Bill’s talk was “Kids, Don’t Take my Advice: 45 Years of Braggin’ About Maine”—a play on his line, “Kids, don’t go braggin’ just ’cause you’re from Maine,” with which he ends his popular show Bill Green’s Maine every Saturday evening.

Following his presentation, Bill was interviewed onstage by noted NPR Washington correspondent Brian Naylor, another University of Maine graduate who knew Bill when they were both at Orono. Brian talked to Bill about his 45-year career as a television reporter in Maine, and his passion for the people, places and stories that inspire his work as a news reporter and show creator and host.

Bill was also honored at the event by the UMaine Alumni Association, which presented him with their Black Bear Award. This award is given annually to alumni in “appreciation of outstanding service through continuous, outstanding advocacy for the University of Maine.”

This was the first talk in a series called Framing Maine: Conversations with Storytellers and Imagemakers from the Pine Tree State. The series highlights notable Mainers who tell the state’s stories through various media, including literature, art, music, print and digital media, and other forms. The next speaker in the series will be Dave Mallett, nationally known folk singer and songwriter (and also a UMaine graduate).

“Framing Maine: A Conversation with Bill Green” is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund. Bangor Savings Bank is our exclusive corporate sponsor.

Additional sponsors include:

  • The Stephen E. King Chair in Literature
  • The Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • The University of Maine Alumni Association
  • The Maine Folklife Center

Those wishing to support future Framing Maine events are invited to contact the Director of the Maine Studies program, Dr. Kreg Ettenger, at or 207-581-1840. Additional gifts may be made to the Maine Studies Program through the University of Maine Foundation website. (Please note that many companies offer matching gifts to educational institutions such as the University of Maine; be sure to check with your HR representative or donor liaison.)

Flickr Album

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