This past Saturday, October 21st, the Maine Press Association held their Annual Conference at the Atlantic Oceanside Events and Conference Center in Bar Harbor. At that time, Publisher Alan Baker of The Mount Desert Islander and Ellsworth American was inducted into the MPA Hall of Fame along with Mark Woodward former executive editor of the Bangor Daily News.

Baker has owned the American since 1991 and established the Islander in 2001.

The Islander won First Place, General Excellence, Weekly II. The Mount Desert Islander has been named Newspaper of the Year 11 times since 2006 – six times in the Weekly 1 division and five years in Weekly 2 (4,000 and over circulation).