Gonzalez joins Journal team as reporter

Jan 11, 2018
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Fran Gonzalez, new face at The Republican Journal.

Fran Gonzalez is the newest addition to The Republican Journal staff. He started in the Belfast office Jan. 2.

After completing studies in English at the University of New York, Fredonia, Gonzalez began working in New York City as a production editor at Plenum Publishing, a scientific and technical publisher.

He later moved to Longman Publishing in White Plains, N.Y., where he worked as an administrative assistant and eventually a production editor, while playing music at night at local clubs. He plays guitar, bass and drums.

After two years in the New York City area, Gonzalez moved to Boston, where he began working as a graphic designer at the world-famous Rounder Records Co.

"Their biggest artists were George Thorogood and Alison Krauss," Gonzalez said. "For a young kid who was into music and playing and the whole lifestyle, Rounder was the rock and roll high school. I lived and breathed music at the time."

After meeting his future wife at Rounder, Gonzalez eventually married and settled down in the Boston neighborhood of Hyde Park, where they had two sons. In 2006, the young family decided to head north in search of green space and clean air and chose Montville as their new home.

Since moving to Maine, Gonzalez has worked as a freelance graphic designer, in graphic design at Moss Inc. in Belfast, and at Camden Printing in Rockland — but he still hasn't found a good bunch of musicians to play with.

Gonzalez has written the Montville town column in The Republican Journal for several years and said he loves the chance to tell stories with images and words as a reporter.

When not writing or taking pictures, Gonzalez can be found at his family camp Downeast, enjoying the great Maine outdoors.

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