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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WATERVILLE, Maine — An 11th grader from Mount Ararat High School will represent Maine in the National Poetry Out Loud competition next month.

  Rose Horowitz won the state finals held yesterday at the Waterville Opera House. She surprised herself — she couldn't even believe that she made it to the finals. But she was a natural on stage.

"Like my actual character is very shy and scared and I have a hard time talking," she says. "I actually do Poetry Out Loud because I can be someone else and can be confident."

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PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Historical Society has a new chief curator. Kate McBrien most recently was curator of historic collections at the Maine State Museum in Augusta. McBrien came by MPBN's studios last week to talk with Irwin Gratz about her work, and her passion for the past.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine transportation officials acknowledge there's a shortfall in the funding available to maintain the state's road and bridge network. State Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt can even put a number on it.

AUGUSTA, ME_ Transportation experts say Maine is among states spending too little on highway and bridge maintenance. 

How to recognize and treat opiate addiction.  We'll hear from individuals who've struggled with addiction... a nurse who's worked with patients in methadone treatment... and the medical director of Community Substance Abuse Centers who is also the author of a medical-mystery novel that addresses drug addiction and treats it as a chronic illness. 

Guests:  Michelle Morin, RN - Merrimack River Medical Services - opiate addiction treatment center.