LEWISTON — Sharon Deveau-Handy will be guest speaker at the L-A Rotary Club from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Ramada Inn.

Her topic of discussion will be “It’s Not Your Grandparents’ Evening News,” and will look at the role technology has played in changing the news.

Deveau-Handy has covered the news in Lewiston-Auburn and southern Maine for nearly 40 years. A native of Bangor, she grew up in the Orono/Old Town area. She was inspired to pursue journalism by Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who uncovered the Nixon administration’s role in the Watergate break-in.

She graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in journalism in 1978. Her first job after graduation brought her to Lewiston, and she liked Lewiston-Auburn so much she never left.

Over the course of 20 years at the Sun Journal, she worked her way up from a general assignment reporter to covering police, fire and business beats before moving to editorial duties. She has been the assignment editor at WMTW since 1998.

She won a Maine Association of Broadcasters award in the category of Public Affairs for an exclusive report in 2006 detailing tax liens that had been imposed on a candidate for governor.

Deveau-Handy is also active in the community. She recently became chairwoman of the board of directors for Literacy Volunteers Androscoggin and is president of the Lewiston High School Performing Arts Boosters. She and her husband, Jim Handy, are parents of three adult children, all of who live and work in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

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