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.

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Last week, we had a conservative view of the upcoming legislative session. Today a more liberal view from Garrett Martin. He's executive director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy, the progressive think tank.

Martin told Irwin Gratz that when he talks about goals for the new legislative session, they're tied to the budget.

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WESTBROOK, Maine - A new report out today aims to deal with the so-called "skills gap" in Maine's workforce. The report is part of a series called "Making Maine Work."
 

This one, according to Christopher Quinn, president of Kaplan University in Maine, uncovered a disconnect between educators and business people.

Maine will enter next year with divided government that has a conservative slant. The head of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Matt Gagnon believes that could yield movement on issues conservatives have long talked about. Irwin Gratz spoke with him about what areas he thought the new Legislature would act on next year.

Matt Gagnon is chief executive of the Maine Heritage Policy Center. He'll be giving the latest in a series of talks about the future for conservative action in Maine Wednesday afternoon in Auburn.

Maine Sen. Angus King says future directors of the CIA should come from outside the agency, as a way of acting as a check on its behavior.

King, appearing on the CBS program "Face the Nation" yesterday, said there was no question Congress was misled about the extent and effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques used in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine has adopted a so-called "Complete Streets" policy. It's hoped the policy will lead to Maine roadways that are more friendly to people who aren't in cars.

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