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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In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at fair market rates in Maine, renters would need to earn just over $17 an hour, and in parts of the state the so-called housing wage would be much higher.

That’s according to the National Low Income Housing Coaltion’s annual “Out of Reach” report. Among its findings, the study indicates that the typical renter in Maine earns almost $7 less than the hourly wage needed to afford a modest two-bedroom home.

An small internet service provider in Washington County has been awarded almost $73,000 from the Microsoft Corporation. The money will be used to help provide affordable wireless internet to up to forty rural customers who, to this point, have been beyond internet reach. Mark Ouellette is president and COO of grant recipient Axiom Technolgies, based in Machias. He says his company will employ so-called TV white space, frequencies previously used to provide analog TV signals.

A Portland Fire Department hazmat team, along with several other agencies, were able to contain an industrial ammonia leak Tuesday.

Portland Fire Chief David Jackson says around 5 a.m., a worker called 911 after smelling ammonia outside a building that houses Paradigm Windows and a refrigerated warehouse operated by the parent company of Barber Foods.

With some forecasters predicting an active Atlantic hurricane season, state officials are highlighting actions Mainers can take to protect their property and stay safe.

State insurance bureau spokesman Doug Dunbar says it’s important that people know what’s covered by their homeowners or renters policies and evaluate the benefits of purchasing flood insurance.

“And a lot of people don’t realize that flooding, whether it’s associated with hurricanes or otherwise, is typically not covered by a standard homeowners policy,” he says.

PORTLAND, Maine - The same week the U.S. returned an early copy of a letter Christopher Columbus wrote to Italian authorities, the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine says it holds a copy of the letter.

The explorer wrote the letter five centuries ago to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. Osher Map Library Director Ian Fowler says the edition at USM was printed in Basil, Switzerland in 1494, a year after Columbus wrote the letter to his patrons. Fowler says the edition the library holds is one of only 80 copies left.

A $20,000 reward is being offered to anyone who recovers a 1 kilogram chunk of the meteor seen Tuesday.

The meteor was captured on police video streaking across the sky early Tuesday. The fireball reportedly was visible across New England and into New York state, although primarily in Maine. Experts say that evidence suggests the meteorite fell to Earth about 18 miles west of Rangeley in Franklin County.

Preliminary numbers in New Hampshire indicate winter ticks have taken a huge toll on calves being tracked in the Granite State. Nearly three-quarters of the 36 calves wearing tracking collars have died from the blood-sucking insects.

State of Maine Moose Biologist Lee Kantar says, while Maine hasn't released it's figures yet, in western Maine it was a pretty rough year for calves. But he says calf mortality was quite a bit lower in northern Maine. Kantar says moose aren't as good at grooming ticks off themselves in the fall as are, for example, white tail deer.

PORTLAND, Maine - Motorists traveling near the Portland International Jetport Saturday morning should expect some traffic congestion as the jetport conducts a live training, mass casualty exercise.

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May is the time of year when Mainers start heading outside to enjoy warmer weather — it’s also when ticks start coming out. That’s why state health officials have named May Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine and are reminding people to get in the habit of taking precautions against ticks and tickborne diseases.

“We had in 2015 over 1,200 people with Lyme disease, and that’s a lot of people for the state of Maine,” says State Epidemiologist Siiri Bennet.

After being at the helm of the University of New England for almost 11 years, Danielle Ripich plans to retire in June of next year.

Under Ripich’s leadership, the private institution has launched a College of Pharmacy, a College of Dental Medicine, an online College of Graduate and Professional Studies and established a campus in Tangier, Morocco. In addition, the school has increased its enrollment from 4,000 to more than 10,000 and expanded its athletic offerings.

With a season that starts on June 5 and runs through the third week of August, Maine state parks are facing a shortage of lifeguards.

Kurt Shoener, who manages three state parks in southern Maine, says there’s a tight market for lifeguards. Of the five lifeguard positions at Crescent Beach State Park, he says four are open and only two people have applied.

Shoener says some other state parks in Maine have a similar number of openings with no applicants.

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A British cruise line says one of its ships is sailing to Canada as planned despite evidence of a possible norovirus outbreak following a visit to the U.S., which included a stop in Portland on Sunday.

The CDC reports that around 250 of the 900 passengers had fallen ill, as well as eight members of the 500-member crew, since the 34-night cruise began in England on April 16.

PORTLAND, Maine - A section of I-395 in Bangor that was shut down this weekend so crews could replace a bridge is open again, about 18 hours ahead of schedule. 

Maine DOT spokesman Ted Talbot says the section between Exits 1 and 2 was cordoned off late Friday evening and reopened at 1 o'clock this afternoon.  It was originally expected to reopen at 7 tomorrow morning.

BANGOR, Maine - Bangor Police say a 12-year-old boy is facing charges after he stole a bus and went on a brief ride.

Cell phone video posted on the police department's Facebook page shows a large blue bus making a slow right hand turn and then traveling erratically down a highway.

Department spokesman Sgt. Tim Cotton says the boy allegedly stole the bus from John Cyr and Sons on Ohio Street. The excursion came to an end when John St. Germain, who was following the bus, was able to climb aboard and take control.

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The nonprofit Friends of Fort Gorges has been awarded $5,000 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help fund a preservation plan.

The fort, which sits just off Portland in Casco Bay, was built as a response to the War of 1812, but construction didn’t start until 1858.

After a century and a half much of the fort has fallen into disrepair, but efforts are being made to preserve the unique edifice, which is short, six-sided and sports several dozen relatively small rectangular openings.