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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RANGELEY, Maine - Owners of the Saddleback Mountain ski area in Rangeley say unless they can get $3 million in financing needed to replace its aging Rangeley Double Chair, the family-owned resort will not open for the 2015-2016 ski season.

The 51-year-old double chair lift serves as the main access from the base lodge to the top of Saddleback Mountain. Owner Mark Berry says a new four-person lift will more than double the number of skiers per hour that can transported up the mountain.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - Permitting applications for what would be New England's largest wind farm have been submitted to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Kellen Ingalls, project manager with EDP Renewables, says the Number Nine Wind Farm would be centered in Township 9, Range 3 in Aroostoook County, which is about 15 miles southwest of Mars Hill.

"It's a 250-megawatt wind farm with 119 wind turbines, and it's a total capital of investment of just over $600 million," Ingalls says.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland Police say they are investigating two armed robberies that occurred about an hour apart and a couple of miles away from each other this afternoon.

The first incident took lace around 1:45 in the Hannaford's Supermarket parking lot on Forest Avenue.

Authorities say a man with a handgun approached another man who was sitting in his car and demanded his phone. Police say the suspect eventually fled on foot without the phone.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of a referendum effort designed to increase accountability and transparency in Maine elections, and limit the influence of big money, say they've raised more than $430,000 during the latest recording period.

Andrew Bossie is executive director of the group "Maine Citizens for Clean Elections Action." He says Mainers will be asked if they want to restore Maine's Clean Elections Act so that elected officials remain accountable to voters and not campaign donors.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Drug policy advocates are hailing a new law that increases access to a medication that reverses the often deadly effects of opioid overdoses.

Maine already allows first responders, law enforcement and family members to administer naloxone, often marketed as Narcan.  Kenney Miller, co-founding member of the Maine Harm Reduction Alliance, says the new law extends that to people who might witness an overdose and who may themselves be addicts.

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