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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Jotul wood stoves
5:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Jotul Moving Wood Stove Assembly Operation from Norway to Maine

GORHAM, Maine -- Wood and gas stove manufacturer Jotul has announced that all Jotul brand wood and gas stoves, inserts and fireplaces sold in North America will soon be built in Gorham, Maine, doubling the facility's manufacturing capacity.

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ISIS Measure
5:16 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Maine Reps Reject ISIS Measure, while Sen. King Presses for Arming Rebels

WASHINGTON - Maine's two Democratic U.S. House members Wednesday voted against providing money to train Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State terrorists. But 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree and 2nd District Rep. Mike Michaud were on the losing side. The House passed the measure on a vote of 273 to 156.

On the Senate floor today, independent U.S. Sen. Angus King spoke in favor of arming, equipping and training the moderate Syrian opposition. King says ISIS presents a clear and present danger to the United States.

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Data center expansion
3:59 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Oxford Networks Expands Data Center

The largest data center in northern New England is now open at Brunswick Landing, the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. Oxford Networks says a more than $6 million expansion will allow the data center to better service the need of customers across the country to safeguard critical business information.

Hydropower inventory
3:04 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

LePage Administration Seeks Hydropower Inventory

AUGUSTA, Maine - As part of a new state energy plan to be delivered to the Legislature in January, the Governor's Energy Office is undertaking a study to update the state's inventory of existing and potential hydropower resources.

Maine energy officials say the state has not assessed its hydropower resources since the early 1990's, back when policies were aimed at constructing significant new hydro dams.  State Energy Director Patrick Woodcock says officials want to see if it's possible to get more clean energy from existing hydropower.

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Mathematics grant
12:11 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Unity College Professor to Share in $2.9 million NSF Grant

UNITY, Maine - A Unity College professor, and collaborators from five other colleges and universities across the country, have been awarded $2.9 million from the National Science Foundation to promote and facilitate the use of mathematical biology in classrooms.

Unity College Associate Professor Carrie Diaz Eaton, who's one of the principal investigators, says as researchers reason through complex problems in sustainability science they've found mathematics to be important for testing theories on how things work in biology and ecology.

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Elephant veterinarian dies
11:12 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Maine Veterinarian Dies after being Accidentally Crushed by Elephant

Opal, left, and Rosie, foreground, were brought to Maine by former circus veterinarian Dr. James Laurita.
Credit Courtesy Hope Elephants

HOPE, Maine — The state medical examiner says the death of the founder of a facility here that cares for retired circus elephants was due to asphyxiation and multiple injuries due to compression of the chest by an elephant. Mark Belserene is administrator of the medical examiner's office in Augusta.

"The manner is ruled accidental and at this point we have no indication that the elephant acted in an aggressive manner," Belserene says. "It's clearly an accident."

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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
2:27 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Advocates Tout Success of Regional Greenhouse Gas Program

Dylan Voorhees, of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, touts the benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative at a press conference today in Westbrook.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

WESTBROOK, Maine -- Environmental advocates gathered in Westbrook this morning to celebrate what they say is the success of a multi-state regional "cap-and-trade" program that seeks to reduce carbon dioxide pollution by placing limits on emissions from fossil fuel-burning power plants.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, is slated to hold its 25th carbon credit auction today.  

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Business and Economy
8:52 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Labor Day Fairpoint Union Rally

People rally in Portland on Labor Day in support of Fairpoint workers.
Susan Sharon MPBN

Hundreds of people gathered for a rally in downtown Portland Monday morning to support unionized Fairpoint employees who are working under a contract imposed late last week by the company which declared that contract talks are deadlocked.   The employees are now working under terms of a new contract with major concessions.  Speaking at the rally, First District Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says the union has put three offers on the table.

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Child porn charges
1:44 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Falmouth Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

FALMOUTH, Maine -- A sixty-three-year-old attorney was arrested at his home in Falmouth this morning by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit and charged with possessing child pornography.

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says Lawrence Winger's computer was seized earlier this month after authorities got a tip. "His computer was reviewed by the unit in the last couple of weeks and dozens of images of child porn was found on it," McCausland says.

Authorities don't believe any of the images are of children from Maine.

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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