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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PORTLAND, Maine - On Friday a new state law takes effect designating Nov. 1 as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Appreciation Day in Maine. 

There is a national movement to recognize the holiday as an annual event; Maine is believed to be the first state to do so.  The measure was introduced on behalf of Jay Emerson, of the Penobscot County town of Hudson. 

PORTLAND, Maine - The state of Maine is receiving more than $10.5 million in federal money to help fund replacement of the bridge the connects Beals Island and the town of Beals, in Washington County, with the mainland at Jonesport. 

Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot says the existing bridge was built in 1958.

PORTLAND, Maine - Insurance company investigators have tentatively identified failure of concrete grout as the cause of a chairlift failure at Maine's Sunday River ski resort earlier this month.

The top unloading terminal of Sunday River's Spruce Peak Triple lift toppled over when the foundation separated from the mountaintop. 

PORTLAND, Maine - Severe storms moving east across the state are taking a toll on some trees and knocking down electric lines, leading to a number of power outages. 

At this hour, Central Maine Power is reporting around 7,400 outages in its service area, about 3,700 of them in Somerset County.  Emera Maine is reporting about 1,700 outages.

CMP spokesperson Gail Rice says there are  reports of trees down in Franklin, Piscataquis and Somerset Counties. 

PORTLAND, Maine - Four Maine school districts and a provider of rural health care are sharing more in $1.6 million in federal funding to expand access to rural broadband and telemedicine.

The four school districts will use their U.S. Department of Agriculture money to purchase video conferencing equipment. The almost $400,000 that MaineHealth has been awarded will be used to install telehealth videoconferencing carts at six rural medical clinics and at three home health agency sites.

PORTLAND, Maine - The U.S. House has passed legislation that could help Maine's urchin dealers. The bill would exempt urchin imports and exports from mandatory inspections by federal wildlife officials.
 

The University of New England has received a five-year, $2.5 million federal grant aimed at improving rural health care in Maine.

UNE Vice President for Clinical Affairs Dr. Dora Anne Mills was the grant’s chief author. She says, over the course of the grant, more than 250 UNE health profession students from several different disciplines will train together at Penobscot Community Health Care, learning the skills needed for interprofessional, team-based care.

Avesta Housing, a Portland-based nonprofit, is holding a grand opening Tuesday at its newest affordable apartment facility.

Thomas Heights on Washington Avenue has 18 efficiency units with monthly rents, including utilities, ranging from about $550 to $700 dollars. Avesta officials says that’s far less than the cost of comparable units in the city.

Avesta’s Matthew Peters says all 18 units are rented.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against two Maine men who were caught with guns in violation of a federal statute.

Both Stephen Voisine of Wytopitlock and William Armstrong III of New Vineyard had misdemeanor domestic assault convictions.

PORTLAND, Maine - There's been a sharp decline in Maine's ranking when it comes to overall child well-being.  That's according to the Maine Children's Alliance annual Kids Count Data Book, which indicates that Maine ranks 17th in the nation, dropping five spots from last year.

The report, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, finds that child well-being has improved nationally as a result of federal and state policies, but Maine is among states that have seen a dramatic decline. 

PORTLAND, Maine - A protest by U.S. House Democrats continued this morning as Republican leadership adjourned the session early and departed the chamber. 

That was a move Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree says runs counter to the democratic process.  Pingree was among those who joined in the protest, which eventually came to an end early this afternoon.

Due to concerns about elevated mercury levels, state marine resources officials have extended an area at the mouth of the Penobscot River that’s closed to the taking of lobsters and crabs. Marine Resources Department spokesman Jeff Nichols says, based on data from a court-ordered study, a seven-square-mile area was closed in 2014. He says, follow-up monitoring conducted by DMR has led to closure of an additional 5.5 square miles to the southwest of the original closure area. The boundary now runs between Squaw Point on Cape Jellison and Perkins Point in Castine.

Portland city councilors vote tonight on whether to raise the legal age to buy tobacco in the city from 18 to 21.  The measure has already won approval of the council's Health and Human Services Committee on a three to nothing vote.
 
Councilor Ed Suslovic chairs the committee.  He says a lot of research shows that teenagers are particularly susceptible to marketing by tobacco companies and are more likely to become lifelong smokers.

PORTLAND, Maine - The average price of gasoline in Maine dropped more than three cents in the past week, comparable to what's being seen nationwide.

GasBuddy analyst Gregg Laskoski says that's despite the high demand for gasoline in June. "We know that the Department of Energy has projected a 4 percent increase in fuel consumption this year, and yet even with the increased demand we're seeing retail gasoline prices declining."

Part of the reason for the decline, Laskoski says, is the smooth transition refineries made from producing winter blend gasoline to summer blend.

For the first time, an air carrier is making commercial jet service available at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport.

Today, Elite Air begins Friday service to and from Portland, continuing to Islip, New York. There’ll be another Portland flight on Sundays.

Airport Manager Brad Madeira says Thursday and Sunday service to and from Newark begins at the end of the month with continued service to Vero Beach, Florida.

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