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.


Ray Rice
12:33 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Collins Among Senators Pushing NFL for 'Zero-Tolerance' Policy on Domestic Violence

Collins at an event in Maine in June.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is among 15 women senators urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to institute a "zero-tolerance" policy for domestic violence.

In a letter to Goodell today, the senators said the league needs to send a strong message that domestic violence won't be tolerated.

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Your Vote 2014
1:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Maine Gubernatorial Candidate - 'But Not Really' - Drops out of Race

Lee Schultheis.
Credit Courtesy Lee Schultheis

Lee Schultheis, a retired mutual fund consultant from Freeport, says he's dropping out of the governor's race.

Schultheis, who was running as an independent in a four-way race, has acknowledged that his campaign was a long shot. He said he was running, "but not really," in order to participate in debates.

Schultheis said the debates would offer him an opportunity to deliver voters his message, which focused on the need to fix the nation's broken political system. But several of the debates Schultheis had hoped to participate in have been canceled.

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Painting auctioned
12:36 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Painting by Buxton Folk Artist Fetches $413,000 at Auction

A portraint of Marcia Ingraham painted by John Brewster Jr. in 1823.
Credit Courtesy Caddigan Auctioneers

A painting of a young girl by Buxton folk artist John Brewster Jr. was auctioned in Maine last month for $413,000, far exceeding the expectations of the auctioneer.

The 15-inch by 18-inch painting is of young Marcia Ingraham. Its sale was handled by Massachusetts-based Caddigan Auctioneers.

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Mosquito-borne virus
2:39 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

EEE Found in Three More York County Mosquito Pools

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine health officials say the sometimes-fatal virus known as EEE - or Eastern equine encephalitis - has been found in three additional groups of mosquitoes in York County, and in an emu in Cumberland County.

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12:01 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Farmington Man Dies After Diving into Lake in Wilton

Jeffrey Mitchell's pontoon boat on Wilson Lake in Wilton.
Credit Courtesy Maine Warden Service

WILTON, Maine - A Farmington man died Tuesday after diving from his pontoon boat into Wilson Lake in Wilton.

The Maine Warden Service says Jeffrey Mitchell, 63, was struggling when he surfaced. A friend he was boating with, and other boaters nearby, managed to get Mitchell out of the water.

They transported him to a nearby boat landing, where they were met by medical personnel who had been called to the scene at about 4:36 p.m. 

Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene.

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11:40 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Addiction in the Orchestra: Classical Music's Drink and Drugs Problem

Lead in text: 
At 15 she was playing the Royal Albert Hall. At 21 she was breakfasting on vodka. As a new documentary explores addiction in classical music, cellist Rachael Lander tells her story
I was 23 when it dawned on me that I might be an alcoholic. It was a cold February morning and I was in a public lavatory in south London, decanting supermarket-brand vodka into an empty water bottle, so I could carry it undetected in my handbag.
Body recovered
12:15 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Body of Bar Harbor Man Recovered from Pond in Franklin

Divers have recovered the body of a Bar Harbor man who went missing Sunday in Donnell Pond in Franklin after he jumped off a stopped motorboat to retrieve a water bottle that went overboard.

Authorities say the body of Ian MacDonnell, 33, was found at about 10:00 this morning by Maine Game Warden divers. 

MacDonnell was boating with four other people Sunday in a 16-foot Bayliner motorboat Sunday when he jumped off the boat.  Wardens were first called to the scene at about 5:35 p.m., and searched for MacDonnell until dark. The search resumed this morning.

Data Breach
3:59 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Portland Pizza Chain Reports Data Breach

PORTLAND, Maine - A Portland-based pizza chain says the credit or debit card numbers of about 900 customers might have been compromised in an attack by hackers.  

In a press release, officials with OTTO Pizza say a "point-of-sale" attack at its Portland locations began in early May and ended in mid-August. Affected were the company's credit card terminals at its two Congress Street restaurants. The chain's other six restaurants in Maine and Massachusetts, and its home delivery customers, were not involved.

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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.