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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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.

Four health centers across Maine are sharing more than $1.5 million in federal dollars to expand oral health services.

The four are among 19 health centers in Maine that receive funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The facilities are designed to serve medically underserved populations.

HRSA Communications Director Martin Kramer says there’s a variety of things the centers can do with the money.

The Maine Army National Guard plans to build a $15.5 million, 43,000 square foot regional readiness center in Presque Isle to replace the current facility in Caribou, which houses the 185th Engineer Support Company, a unit of the 133rd Engineer Battalion.

Col. Dwaine Drummond, the Maine Guard’s director of facilities and engineering, says the center in Caribou has reached its life expectancy. He says the new Northern Maine Readiness Center will contain all the administrative support offices for full-time staff.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland City Council is set to vote Monday on a resolution to remove the exclusion for trangender health care services from the municipal employee health plan. 

The resolution is sponsored by Mayor Ethan Strimling and City Manager Jon Jennings and co-sponsored by the  entire City Council. 

Strimling says the resolution makes clear that the city supports health care services for trangender people in order to protect the health, safety and quality of life for all Portland residents.

Agricultural experts in Maine are giving this year’s strawberry season a thumbs up.

David Handley, vegetable and small fruit specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, says that’s despite the relative lack of protective snow cover last winter.

The Maine State Housing Authority has been awarded $3.4 million in federal dollars for lead abatement efforts.

With the money, the authority says it will address lead hazards in housing units for low- and very-low-income families with children.

MaineHousing spokesperson Deborah Turcotte says that, in addition to getting the lead paint out of homes, the authority will be providing ways to remove lead dust.

The composition of the next Legislature will begin to take shape after Maine voters go to the polls on Tuesday.

There will be 30 primary contests in State House races, the winners of which will go on to compete in the general election. In some instances the winners of those races will immediately find themselves in a strong position to win in November, but in other swing district contests, the winners of Tuesday’s primary will likely engage in tough races against the other party’s nominee.

If you care, leave them there — that’s the message state wildlife officials want to get out during a time of year when wildlife becomes more visible.

Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesman Mark Latti says, as the weather gets warmer and more people are enjoying the outdoors, it’s not unusual for people to come across baby fawns, moose calves, robins, raccoons and other young wildlife. He says that does not mean it’s a good idea for people to intervene.

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