January 27, 2023

MDIFW: Woodcock Names Rafferty to Head Division of Public Information and Education

AUGUSTA, Maine – Chandler E. Woodcock, Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, today named Doug Rafferty to head the Department’s Division of Public Information and Education. Rafferty joins the Department after a 21-year career as an anchor, a reporter, and an IT specialist at WGME-TV, in Portland.

“To me this is an honor to be named to head up the Division of Public Information and Education. I want to thank the Governor and the Commissioner for placing their confidence in me,” said Rafferty.

Rafferty comes to the Department after a long career in news that began while he was a student at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. He graduated from there and went on to earn his B.A. in Telecommunications at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While still a student he landed an early morning news position with WTTV in Indianapolis and went on to spend 18 years there. He began his duties with WGME in 1991.

While at Indiana University he also completed a double minor in Forensic Studies and Marketing. He also served five years as an officer with the Carmel Police Department, in Carmel, Indiana.

During his career at WGME Doug covered a wide variety of issues, ranging from George H.W. Bush’s final State of the Union address to flying with the world-famous Blue Angels. Along with Kim Block he co-anchored the station’s nightly news broadcasts until 2007, when he stepped away from the anchor desk. He subsequently was named to the Maine Broadcasting Hall of Fame. But he will always be known for his “Doug’s Discovery” broadcasts. He covered many facets of the outdoors-from bees pollinating a field of hay to students setting salmon free in the Saco River; from search and rescue for those lost in the Maine woods to those canoeing the Allagash for the first time.

“Much of my life has been spent outdoors and I’m thankful I can continue that tradition by joining one of the finest Departments in state government,” said Rafferty.

Doug and his wife Beverly reside in Yarmouth with their daughters Sarah and Emily and three cats. In addition to his love of the outdoors, Doug also finds time for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

The Division of Public Information and Education is established within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and is responsible for the administration of programs to increase the public’s knowledge and understanding of inland fisheries and wildlife resources and the management of these resources, including the administration of education programs for hunter safety and for safe operation of snowmobiles, watercraft and all-terrain vehicles. The division’s responsibilities include public education, promotion of inland fisheries and wildlife resources and the dissemination of information. In addition, the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray and the Swan Island Wildlife Management Area are also part of the Division.

For more, go to: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/bureaus_divisions/publicinformation_education.htm