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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PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Medical Center has announced a new source of funding for its "hospital-based teacher" program. Dunkin' Donuts owners have pledged to raise a quarter of a million dollars to endow the position, currently held by Abby Snyder.

"For the most part, kids and their parents are absolutely delighted to meet me, to see me, to know that my classroom exists," she said at a press conference. "Because that is their normal; that is their identity, their routine, their life outside the hospital."

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine District Court Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz today conceeded he made an error in ordering reporters not to report testimony in a plea hearing for attorney Anthony Sineni III.

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PORTLAND, Maine - This is shaping up to be a big year for wind power. That's according to Muskie school economist Charlie Colgan, who unveiled a new study today at a Portland news conference.

"We're right at what I would call a takeoff point for the industry," Colgan told reporters.

Year end can be a time for reflection on what we've gained - and who we lost. They were friends and public enemies. They made us laugh, gave us songs to sing. They made news, and delivered the news. Some gave of their fortune, others of themselves.  What they all had in common was a tie to this state and a life story that came to an end in 2014.

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - The state is now half-way through a 10-year effort to clean up Long Creek in South Portland.