Ed Morin

News Producer

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his B.A. in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with Public Broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.

After doing post-graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Ed took a full time job with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network in 1979 and has been with the company ever since. Ed works primarily as a news producer although over the years he has produced a number of TV arts and public affairs programs as well as many radio arts and music programs. For many years Ed was the principal producer of Maine Stage. These days he is heard primarily as producer of Midday as well as Maine Things Considered newscast producer.

Ed counts among his passions music, sports and family, not necessarily in that order. He sort of plays piano and guitar and has done a good deal of singing. He is an enthusiastic figure skater.

Ed and his wife live in Portland and have four grown boys.

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Storm damage
5:07 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Meteorologist: Microburst, Not Tornado Caused Damage in York

The National Weather Service says that it was a microburst, not a tornado, that caused some significant damage in and around the town of York in far southwestern Maine early yesterday evening.

Meteorologist John Cannon of the National Weather Service office in Gray says a survey team determined that the microburst occurred at about 5:15 yesterday afternoon, with estimated maximum winds of from 70 to 80 miles per hour.

Cannon says in a microburst, winds fan out near the surface in a straight line rather than rotating, as they do in a tornado.

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Fentanyl Warning
2:46 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Maine AG Warns About Deadly Drug Combinations

In response to a spate of overdoses this week, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is warning people about a deadly mixture of heroin, caffeine and fentanyl, and also about a new mixture called acetyl fentanyl.  These appear to be causing users to overdose more quickly than if they were using straight heroin. 

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Your Vote 2014
7:57 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Bellows Proposes 10 Debates with U.S. Senate Incumbent Collins

Democratic candidate Shenna Bellows is proposing to debate Republican Sen. Susan Collins 10 times during their race for the U.S. Senate seat Collins now holds.

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Green crabs
4:47 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Harpswell to Close Shellfish Beds for Predator Study

The town of Harpswell has closed almost 15 acres at the mouth of Strawberry Creek to the harvesting of shellfish and marine worms for the rest of the year.

The closure is being done to study the effectiveness of removing a couple of predators that are taking their toll on clams: invasive European green crabs and milky ribbon worms.

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Aquatic Invasives
11:53 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Boaters in Maine Urged to Check Vessels for Invasive Plants and Animals

State environmental officials are asking people boating in Maine waters to check their boats before and after they float.  

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says heavier boat traffic during the summer season increases the risk of spreading invasive plants and animals.

Department officials say boaters should check their vessels for invasive species after they leave one body of water and before launching into another.  DEP biologist John McFedron says, for many environmental issues, prevention is the best bet.

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Tar Sands Report
11:32 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Report: Tar Sands Advocates Use Oil Industry Tactics

A new report indicates that what are being called "tried-and-true industry tactics" have been used by opponents of an ordinance aimed at keeping tar sands oil out of Maine.  

Environment Maine released it's report as the South Portland City Council prepares to vote on a new ordinance that would prevent tar sands oil from being loaded onto tanker ships in Casco Bay.

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White Pine Needle Disease
10:39 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Fungal Disease Leads to White Pine Needle Drop in Maine

A white pine tree.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

State forestry officials want people to know why many white pines in Maine, and throughout the Northeast, have turned yellow and brown and lost a lot of needles over the past two to three weeks.  

The culprit is White Pine Needle Disease, which is caused by one of several needle fungi.  Maine Forest Service Pathologist Bill Ostrofky says needles that come out in early June are infected, but don't drop off until the next growing season.   

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Natural Gas Expansion
10:22 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Owner of Pipeline Through Maine Proposes Expansion

The principal owner of a major natural gas pipeline that runs through Maine and into Atlantic Canada has proposed expanding it's capacity into the New England market to meet critical demand for reliable electric power generation.  

Richard Kruse is a vice president with Houston-based Spectra Energy.   He says for the last several years New England has had pipeline constraints. 

"Pipelines are running 100 percent full to serve both the local distribution companies as well as prior generation needs,"  he says.

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Dam Breach
1:19 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Dam Breaching 15 Years Ago Returns Life to Kennebec

Fifteen years ago today the 160-year-old Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River in the heart of downtown Augusta was breached. 

Environmentalists say removing that dam, and the Fort Halifax Dam upriver in Winslow about eight years later, has not only improved the health of the river itself,  but has also contributed to a large increase in life, both in and near the river.   

Natural Resources Council of Maine Staff Scientist Nick Bennett says the river has started to breathe again. 

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Whale protection
4:52 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Feds Release Rules to Reduce Whale Entanglements

Federal fisheries regulators have announced measures intended to reduce the number of large whales getting entangled in fishing gear along the Atlantic seaboard.

In the Northeast, the measures include increasing the number of lobster traps hooked to each trawl line that fishing vessels release into the water. The aim is to reduce the number of vertical lines in places where whales are most abundant, and fishing activity is highest.

Other areas, including the mid-Atlantic and the Southeast, face different whale-protecting requirements.

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