Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 410


Douglas E. Kneeland was born in Lincoln, Maine, on July 27, 1929 to Bruce and Sally Kneeland. Through the Great Depression his family moved many times before settling in Somerville, Massachusetts. They lived in Somerville from the time Kneeland was in seventh grade until the beginning of his senior year in high school. After high school, Kneeland went into the Army for a couple years, and then went on to the University of Maine at Orono for four years. His father, Bruce Kneeland, had several odd jobs including working at the Bangor Daily News. When Doug was in school he worked as an editor and as a reporter. The day after Kneeland graduated from college he went to work on The Worcester Telegram. He eventually worked his way into a job for the New York Times in 1959. He covered four presidential campaigns including the Humphrey-Muskie bid for the presidency in 1968. He was recently inducted into the Maine Press Association’s Hall of Fame.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; the Great Depression; University of Maine; career in journalism; his job at the New York Times; covering the 1968 Humphrey- Muskie campaign; newspaper article on Humphrey and Muskie; Charlie Manson trial; covering Ronald Reagan for the Times; covering various events outside of politics; and Muskie’s legacy.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.