Reporter Ben Holbrook is no stranger to the newspaper business with experience working for weekly and daily newspapers in Vermont and Connecticut.

Holbrook began his newspaper career while majoring in Journalism at Lyndon State College in Vermont. He served as the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper, The Critic, for two years, while interning with a local daily newspaper.

“The experience of actually covering a story — whether it’s a car accident or a town meeting — taught me just as much about journalism as sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecture,” Holbrook said.

After college, Holbrook moved to Darien, Conn. where he worked as a general assignment reporter for a weekly newspaper. His assignments included writing about interesting people in the community, local politics and a surprise visit by former President Bill Clinton.

Holbrook, who grew up in Hope, Maine, dreamed of returning to his home state to work, but realized he would need more experience to have a chance at grabbing one of the few reporting jobs available in the state.

“When I moved to Connecticut I told myself I would work there for two years because most reporting positions require two years minimum experience,” he said. “It just happened to work out that one of my relatives saw an advertisement for a reporter with The Republican Journal, and I jumped at the chance.”

He is primarily responsible for the coverage of Belfast — where he now resides with his girlfriend and three cats — and Regional School Unit 3.

“The people here are so much more relaxed and polite than those I typically dealt with in Connecticut,” Holbrook said. “It’s good to be home.”

When not covering breaking news and the numerous events being hosted around the area, Holbrook reading, taking photos and questioning why he continues to be a steadfast fan of the Boston Red Sox.