Irwin Gratz

Morning Edition Producer

Irwin was born and reared in New York City and, while he never hiked miles to school, he did walk up six flights of stairs every day to the apartment his family lived in until he was nearly 19. Irwin remains a lover of subway rides, egg creams, and the New York Mets. He moved to Maine in 1978 and worked a dozen years in commercial radio in Sanford, then Portland, before beginning to freelance for MPBN in 1990. He's been local anchor of Morning Edition since September, 1992.

From September 2004 to October 2005, Irwin served as national President of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation's largest and most broad-based journalism organization. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from New York University.

Irwin also has an interest in astronomy which he indulges to this day as an occasional show presenter at the Southworth Planetarium in Portland. And he swims - a lot. Irwin has completed 5 Peaks Island-to-Portland swims. Irwin is married and has a young son.


6:04 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Nurse's Boyfriend Says UMFK Asked Him to Take Online Classes

FORT KENT, Maine — The boyfriend of nurse Kaci Hickox says Maine's protocols for Ebola quarantines are affecting him as well. Ted Wilbur lives with Hickox and is a nursing student at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. But for the duration of what is essentially a 21-day quarantine, he says he has to take online classes.

"The aid workers and what not — it's affecting their partners," Wilbur says. "I'm not able to go to school, and if we had kids, they probably wouldn't be able to go to school as well."

Your Vote 2014
11:12 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Cutler: If You Think I Can't Win, Vote for Someone Else

Independent Eliot Cutler tells reporters Wednesday that he is staying in the race for governor.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler says he's staying in the race, but told his supporters this morning that if they no longer think he can win, they should vote for someone else.

"I'm a realist," Cutler said at a Portland news conference. Cutler's message echoed what he's said all along during the campaign, but the timing, just six days before the election, has a stronger implication.

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Your Vote 2014
7:30 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Weighing Maine's Debt: The Impact of New Borrowing Proposals

In addition to the governor's race, the Senate and congressional, legislative and local contests, there will be six bond issues on next week's Maine ballot. They would authorize $50 million more in state borrowing, to be paid back over a decade. State Treasurer Neria Douglas tracks the state's indebtedness. She talks with Irwin Gratz Monday from MPBN's Augusta bureau.

View Maine's "Debt Snapshot."

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9:09 am
Mon October 27, 2014

New Poll Shows LePage with 10-Point Lead over Michaud

A Maine Sunday Telegram poll out this weekend found Republican Paul LePage with a 10 percentage-point lead over Democrat Mike Michaud, with independent Eliot Cutler still third.

The poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, showed LePage with 45 percent support to Michaud's 35 percent and Cutler's 16 percent. The poll had a margin of error of 3.8 percent.

It was one of the first polls to show LePage's support expanding beyond the base that won him the Blaine House 4 years ago.

Your Vote 2014
6:10 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Up for Grabs this Election Season: Control of the Maine Legislature

The Maine House chamber.
Credit File photo / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Much of the attention this election season in Maine has gone to the governor's race, and the battles for seats in Congress. But also up for grabs a week from tomorrow is control of the Maine Legislature. For a preview, MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks with Mal Leary, who's been watching the action from our State House bureau in Augusta.


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