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.


Your Vote 2014
10:17 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Al Diamon Weighs in on Maine Congressional Races and Bear Referendum

We return once again to political commentator Al Diamon for his thoughts on the congressional races and the bear hunting referendum. Al writes the column, "Politics & Other Mistakes" for several Maine newspapers. He talks with MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.


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9:20 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Ad Execs talk Bear Baiting Spots

As we've been reporting, a judge yesterday refused to block ads featuring state wildlife officials arguing against the bear baiting ban on the November ballot. Our political advertising analysts, Sam Surprise and Bob Cott, both ad agency owners, are back this morning to talk about those ads.

Bob Cott is owner of CD&M Communications and Sam Surprise is president of Surprise Advertising.

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3:06 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Understanding Islam


A conversation about understanding Islam.  Get answers to your questions about one of the world's oldest, most popular, and perhaps most misunderstood religions.

Guests:   Omar Conteh, Outreach coordinator at the Islamic Center in Orono.
  Ali Ahmida, professor and chair in the Department of Political Science at UNE.
  Reza Jalali, Coordinator, Multicultural Student Affairs, USM.
  John Michaud, Director and Assistant Professor of the School of Legal Studies, Hu

sson University.

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Arts and Culture
10:17 am
Fri October 17, 2014

'In Blind Sight' Documentary Captures Life Without Sight

A 10-minute preview of a film called "In Blind Sight" will debut later today at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Ben Frost, director of legal and public affairs for New Hampshire Housing, said he was inspired after hearing Claudia Folska, who is featured in the film, and invited her to keynote a conference of planners.

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Your Vote 2014
6:44 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Al Diamon on Governor's Race, Borrowing

Political commentator Al Diamon joins us again. Al writes the column "Politics, and Other Mistakes," for several Maine newspapers. Our subjects this morning: the governor's race and borrowing.

Al will be back tomorrow with his take on the congressional races and bear hunting.

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