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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Business
7:24 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Canadian National Railway Closing Auburn Hub

AUBURN, Maine — Canadian National Railway says it plans to end service to its Auburn truck-and-rail hub. The hub provides a route for shipments to reach western Canada and ultimately Asia. It allows containers to be lifted off trucks and onto rail cars.

Canadian National spokesman Mark Hallman says the company is terminating its rail service to the Auburn Intermodal Terminal because traffic volumes are not sufficient to sustain that service.

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Apple crop
10:50 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Maine Apple Growers Expecting Good Crop

Despite some significant winter deer damage at a few orchards - and more hail damage than usual in parts of the state - experts expect an excellent apple crop in Maine this year, with good size and color.

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Business
7:05 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Maine Home Sales Up in July

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Sales of single-family homes in Maine, along with the median sales price, were up modestly in July compared to the year before. The Maine Association of Realtors is reporting that Maine home sales saw a two percent increase last month. The median price increased 1.4 percent to $181,500.

Maine Association of Realtors President Angelia Levesque says it appears that the market is steadying.

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Business
6:57 am
Thu August 21, 2014

5 Maine Businesses Split USDA Grant

AUGUSTA, Maine — Five small Maine businesses that offer value-added food products are sharing a half-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One to market organic mushrooms in compostable packaging. Another is expanding the market for precooked and blast-frozen pocket meals.

Peter Arnold, with Maine Fresh Sea Farms in Bristol, says much of his grant money will be used to learn more about fresh seaweed, which he says is an unfilled niche.

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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.

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