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
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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Business
7:31 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Maine PUC to Investigate Alleged CMP Wrongdoing

AUGUSTA, Maine — Did Central Maine Power improperly use ratepayer money to influence decisions by city officials in Augusta on behalf of Maine Natural Gas? The Maine Public Utilities Commission has voted unanimously to investigate allegations to that effect made by the City of Augusta. Both CMP and Maine Natural Gas are owned by a subsidiary of the Spanish energy giant Iberdrola.

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Campaign finance reform
4:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

King Leads Hearing on Campaign Finance Disclosure Measure

Following two U.S. Supreme Court decisions removing some significant restrictions on campaign spending, a U.S. Senate panel today considered a measure that seeks to increase campaign finance transparency.

Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent, led a Senate Rules Committee hearing on the "Disclose Act," which would require organizations that spend money to influence elections to disclose their spending as well as their major sources of funding in a timely manner.

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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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