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.


Reformulated gasoline
4:28 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

EPA Proposes to Require Cleaner-Burning Gasoline in Seven Maine Counties

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to require the sale of so-called reformulated gasoline in several Maine counties, beginning in June. The proposal is in response to Maine's request to opt in to the program.

Reformulated gasoline - or RFG - is blended to reduce chemicals that cause smog and other pollution. RFG is required in cities with high smog levels, but is optional elsewhere.  The EPA is proposing that Maine require the blend in seven counties - York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln.

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Mexico standoff
2:43 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Autopsy: Shots that Killed Man in Mexico Standoff Not Self-Inflicted

The gun shots that killed a man involved in a standoff Sunday night with police in the Maine town of Mexico were not self-inflicted. That's according to the state Medical Examiner's Office.

Officials say an autopsy of Steven Piirainen, 52, of South Paris, showed that he died of gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.  Piirainen died in an exchange of gunfire after he allegedly stole a pickup truck in Paris, and then led police on a chase that ended at a convenience store in Mexico.  

12:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Cutler Releases First TV Ad in Governor's Race

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has released his first television advertisement.

The ad launched Tuesday touts Cutler's business experience. Cutler highlights a company he helped start after the 2010 campaign that he says has sold more than 5 million pounds of Maine lobster to China.

Cutler says that Maine needs a governor who ``knows how to create jobs and open new doors'' for local products.

The ad is the first in a series and will run on broadcast and cable television statewide.

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Worst Road Contest
12:43 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Winner of the 'Worst Road in Maine Contest' Announced

Two views of Route 15 in Camden, winner of the "Worst Road in Maine Contest."
Credit Courtesy Maine Better Transportation Association

AUGUSTA, Maine - And the winner is...Route 15 in Camden. The road beat out several other pock-marked, tire-busting routes to win this year's dubious honor.

The road was submitted for consideration by Gabriel Zacchai, of Camden, who travels around the state a lot for his job as a facilities specialist for Camden National Bank.

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Train Disaster
11:31 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Report: 'Weak Safety Culture' Led to Lac Megantic Disaster

The Lac-Mégantic derailment site following the accident.
Credit Courtesy Transportation Safety Board of Canada

LAC MEGANTIC, Quebec - Canadian officials say the runaway train disaster that killed 47 people and destroyed part of Lac Megantic, Quebec last summer was caused by a combination of human error and lax safety systems.

That's the conclusion of a year-long investigation into the accident by Canada's Transportation Safety Board.  At a press conference unveiling the investigation's findings, TSB Chair Wendy Tadros said Maine-based Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway shares some of the blame.

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Missing man
3:14 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Portland Police Searching for Missing Man

Missing Portland resident Robert Koch.
Credit Courtesy Portland Police Department

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland Police are searching for a man who went missing Friday night.  Authorities say Robert Koch, 52, left his Riverside Street residence at about 8:30 p.m., and mentioned going to the Trolley Park on Forest Avenue.

Koch has medical conditions that might have altered his mental state, officials say. He might have been seen at the 7Eleven at Forest Avenue and Riverside Street early Saturday morning, but that has not been confirmed.

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Mill shuts down
10:59 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Old Town Pulp Mill Shuts Down, Furloughs 180 Workers

A view of the Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill.
Credit Courtesy Old Town Fuel and Fiber

A wood pulp mill in Old Town is suspending operations "indefinitely."  

Old Town Fuel and Fiber announced Wednesday that it's closing down its pulp operations and putting about 180 workers on furlough, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Company officials cite foreign competition and high wood and energy costs for the closure.

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11:21 am
Wed August 13, 2014

World Acadian Congress Spanning Three Borders Underway

Lead in text: 
The 2014 World Acadian Congress, which opened August 8, celebrates the shared history and French culture of northern Maine, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. It's the fifth Acadian Congress, which occurs only once every five years.
In 2004, the people running the Fort Ingall Historic Site in Cabano, Qué., had a seemingly simple idea. They would co-publish a pamphlet for tourists that would link Fort Ingall to two other sites with which it shares a common history: the Petit-Sault Blockhouse in Edmundston, N.B., and the Fort Kent Blockhouse in Fort Kent, Me.
2:25 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Feds Award Maine $84K to Fund Advanced Placement Tests

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Maine nearly $84,000 to help fund advanced placement tests for low-income students.  The tests include those administered by the College Board, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations.

In all, the department awarded a total of $28.4 million to 40 states, Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands. The money is aimed at helping low-income students become ready for college and careers.

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Child porn
2:50 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Bar Harbor Man Facing Child Porn Charges

BAR HARBOR, Maine - A Bar Harbor man is facing child pornography charges after Maine State Police investigators found hundreds of images of children on his personal computer.

Authorities say Randal Babiuk was arrested Thursday at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, where he works. There is no indication that any computers at the lab were involved.

Babiuk was charged with possessing sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12.  He was taken to the Hancock County Jail.

The investigation was led by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit.