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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Health
7:09 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Study: More Than 178,000 Mainers Rely on Food Banks

More than 178,000 Mainers use food banks to help stay afloat, according to a new study.

The study, from the Feeding America Food Bank Network, found that nationwide, one in seven Americans relies on food pantries and meal service programs. That's more than 46 million people, including 12 million children.

Clara Whitney is with Good Shepherd Food Bank, which is part of Feeding America's network of food pantries. She says the study showed the network's Maine food banks getting an average of 11 visits per year from families — and that's significant.

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Maine
5:20 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

2 Cabinet Members Visit Tribal School in Maine

PERRY, Maine — Two of President Obama's Cabinet members visited an aging school on the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point reservation in Washington County on Monday to learn how to best work with students, teachers and administrators to improve education in Bureau of Indian Education schools.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell toured the K-8 Beatrice Rafferty School.

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Maine
12:02 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

New Partnership Aims to Address Problems of Maine Islanders

To address areas of critical concern for Gulf of Maine islanders,  the Island Institute and the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor are launching a new partnership. 

Funded by a $2 million dollar challenge grant from the Patridge Foundation, the Fund for Maine Islands will be used to seek solutions in four problem areas:  energy, agriculture and food, education, and adaptation to climate change. 

College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins says the program is being endowed to ensure funding over the long haul.

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Sustainable aquaculture
1:57 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

$20M Federal Grant to Fund Maine Aquaculture Study

Orono, Maine - Maine's 3,500-mile coast line will become a living laboratory for scientific researchers, who will investigate how sustainable ecological aquaculture interacts with coastal communities and ecosystems.

Paul Anderson, who directs the Aquaculture Research Institute and the Maine Seagrant Programs at the University of Maine, says the research project will use various types of science to understand how aquaculture can fit into the state's multi-use working waterfronts, while also building partnerships and training students.

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Business
2:48 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Above Average Blueberry Yield Expected for 2014 Harvest

OLD TOWN, Maine — Maine's 2014 wild blueberry harvest is underway after a late spring, and officials say if favorable weather conditions continue through August, the season is on track to produce an above average yield of high-quality fruit.

"Pollination went pretty well so it looked like we got a pretty good crop set. Summer, although it may be warm now, it's been overall fairly cool and wet which is really what blueberries like for growth," says UMaine Cooperative Extension blueberry specialist David Yarborough.

Business
6:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Ashland Biomass Plant to Resume Operations

ASHLAND, Maine — A biomass to electricity facility in Aroostook County that has been idle since March 2011 due to market conditions is expected to resume full operations in December. Larry Richardson is CEO of ReEnergy, which bought the Ashland plant after it had been shut down as part of a portfolio transaction. He says ReEnergy has been actively seeking ways to reopen the facility.

"Recently here, over the last 60-90 days, we really identified a combination of factors that is allowing us to reopen the plant," Richardson says.

Maine
8:49 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Bad News for Cod Stocks

Federal fisheries officials are preparing to release a stock assessment update for Gulf of Maine cod and NOAA Fisheries says, unfortunately, the news is not good. 

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Sports
5:06 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Kidney Recipient, Donor Among More Than 6,000 Beach to Beacon Runners

Daavid Swift (left) of Freeport and Patty Blankenship of South Portland

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — More than 6,000 runners are expected to take part in the annual TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race in Cape Elizabeth tomorrow. The 6.2-mile course runs from Crescent Beach to Portland Headlight. Thousands of spectators are also expected to line the coastal route.

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Health
4:09 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Officials: 2 Maine Travelers Infected by Mosquitos

AUGUSTA, Maine — State health officials are confirming the first two cases in Maine this year of a travel-acquired disease which is transmitted by mosquitos. Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Sheila Pinette says that both Maine cases of chikungunya are in people who traveled to the Dominican Republic. She says several additional unrelated cases are under investigation.

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Politics
2:02 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Angus King Pushes for Paid Parental, Medical Leave for Workers

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King wants U.S. employers to voluntarily offer paid parental or medical leave for workers while they are meeting necessary family obligations, such as caring for a sick child or after giving birth.

Current federal law requires employers of 50 or more workers to provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave for such circumstances. Speaking today on the Senate floor, King says a measure authored by himself and Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb Fischer would open up tax incentives to employers of any size.

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