Barbara Cariddi

New Media News & Content Producer

Barbara grew up in Biddeford. She earned a Master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Southern Maine.

After stints as a lobsterwoman, woodworker and newspaper editor, Barbara joined MPBN in 1989. She left in 1994 to learn about television at WCSH6-TV, the NBC affiliate in Portland. In 1999, Barbara began producing, reporting and anchoring the MPBN television public affairs program, MaineWatch. She returned to radio in 2003, and now oversees news content for

Barbara’s interests include music and theater. For several years, she sang in a local jazz group called !zing, and currently serves on the board of South Portland's Mad Horse Theatre Company.

Barbara has a daughter, who is an opera singer.


USM program cuts
6:23 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

UMaine System Board Approves Program Cuts at USM

USM President David Flanagan addresses the UMaine System board of trustees, which voted Friday to approve cuts at the southern Maine campus.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

The University of Maine System's board of trustees has approved a plan to eliminate two programs at the University of Southern Maine at a contentious meeting Friday.

The board voted 9 to 2 to cut the campus's bachelor of arts in French program and it's master's program in Applied Medical Science.

In a statement, UMaine System spokesman Dan Demeritt says the Applied Medical Science program graduated fewer than five students on average over the past five years, at a cost of nearly $1 million a year.

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Home sales
4:04 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Maine Home Sales Rise in September

aine home sales rose nearly 7 percent in September, compared with sales the same month last year.  The Maine Association of Realtors says 1,393 existing single-family homes were sold in Maine this September, compared with 1,307 in September of 2013.

The median sales price also rose 1.16 percent over the same period, rising from $173,000 to $175,000. The median price means half the homes sold for more and half for less.

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Flu season arrives
11:27 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Maine Confirms First Case of Seasonal Flu

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine has confirmed its first case of seasonal flu.  Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Sheila Pinette, says the case turned up in Lincoln County in an unvaccinated adult.

The patient had not traveled recently, did not require hospitalization and is recovering at home, Pinette says. She says the virus was identified as an Influenza A strain.

She says both Influenza A and B strains are circulating across the nation.

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Ebola vigilance
12:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

LePage Steps up Monitoring for Ebola in Maine

A colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of an Ebola virus virion.
Credit U.S. Centers for Disease Control

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the state has stepped up its monitoring to ensure that any cases of Ebola that might turn up here are handled safely. He says the elevated vigilance is in response to the spread of the disease in Texas, and the risk that travelers could bring it to Maine.

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Ebola virus
4:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Maine Patient Tests Negative for Ebola Virus

PORTLAND, Maine - A patient who had been under 24-hour observation at Maine Medical Center has tested negative for the Ebola virus. That's according to officials with the Portland hospital, who say the unidentified patient was discharged from the facility this afternoon.

Officials say multiple tests showed no Ebola infection. The tests were done as a precautionary measure at the request of state and federal health officials, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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