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.

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TUCSON, ARIZONA - A new study indicates that sea levels along the coast of Maine rose rapidly during a two-year period between 2009 and 2010.  

The University of Arizona-led study, done in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that ocean levels between New York and Newfoundland jumped nearly 4 inches in that period.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A legislative committee has unanimously approved a measure to provide $2.4 million for Maine's county jail system, likely averting a looming funding crisis.

Maine Community College System President John Fitzsimmons says he's conferred with the system's board in the wake of Gov. Paul LePage's calls for his resignation.

"My attention today -as always - is focused on serving the best interests of the 18,000 students, 900 faculty and staff, and businesses across the state who rely on our colleges," Fitzsimmons says, in a statement.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he was just joking when he talked about running for U.S. Senate.

He was asked Monday night by conservative radio talk show host Howie Carr if he was going to run against independent Sen. Angus King in 2018. LePage responded that he was "considering it'' as part of an answer in which he criticized King for switching his support from independent Eliot Cutler to Democrat Mike Michaud in the governor's race.

LePage told WMTW-TV on Tuesday that he was just kidding about challenging King.

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TOPSHAM, Maine - Renowned pianist Frank Glazer has died, just weeks before his 100th birthday.

Glazer was an internationally known performer who still held a position as artist in residence at Bates College in Lewiston.  

Glazer was born in Wisconsin, but had lived in Maine for several decades. In addition to being known for his virtuoso piano playing, he was also credited with developing a piano technique he said enabled him to continue playing successfully into his 90's.