PORTLAND, Maine — Jackie Farwell of Gorham will return to the Bangor Daily News on Monday as its new health care editor. Farwell began her career with the BDN a decade ago, leaving in 2006 for a job with The Associated Press in New York. She most recently was employed by Mainebiz.

“I’m thrilled to rejoin the Bangor Daily News at such an exciting time for the company, as it pursues an ambitious digital strategy built on the top-notch journalism that first drew me here several years ago,” Farwell said.

In addition to health care, Farwell covered energy, real estate development, banking and finance for Mainebiz.

“As someone who grew up in Bangor and worked covering the Maine business community, Jackie knows Maine well,” said Todd Benoit, director of news and new media at the BDN. “Her coverage of the business end of health care and her skill as an award-winning journalist made her an excellent fit for us.”

Working from Portland, Farwell will cover both health care finances and health issues that directly affect Maine residents.

“Health topics affect our lives on so many levels,” she said, “from complicated policy and public health issues to the daily decisions we all make about our own wellness. I plan to cover that full spectrum in a way that’s not only accurate and objective, but also accessible and relevant.”

Outside of her workday, Farwell is a fitness enthusiast who hikes, cross-country skis and rides horses. She completed her first 5K road race this summer.

Farwell can be reached at jfarwell@bangordailynews.com.