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.


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.  

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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