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 - For one final time, protestors picketed outside the Department of Health and Human Services building in Portland. They object to plans to move the facility to a new structure in South Portland.

John Monahan, an advocate for the group Homeless Voices for Justice, says it's still a bad idea, but given last month's election results, it'll soon be a done deal.

Minor tweaks will be coming to Morning Edition, starting Nov. 17. Here's what you need to know:

  • Lou McNally's weather forecast will now be heard just after 6:20 a.m. and 7:20 a.m.
  • There will now be three local newscasts hourly: at 6 minutes after the hour, 31 minutes after the hour and 43 minutes after the hour.

So if you set your clock radio to the weather forecast, make sure to change your alarm.

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — With the usual mix of pomp and solemnity, Mainers are marking this Veterans Day.

Among those waiting for the parade down Broadway here was Priscilla Daniel of South Portland, and she had a surprise when asked what the holiday meant to her.

"Well, I can show you," she says, showing off a yellow T-shirt from the Run for the Fallen with, on its back, the names of Mainers who've given the ultimate sacrifice in the nation's recent wars. "In honor of all the people who lost their lives in Maine.

On Morning Edition, Irwin Gratz interviewed University of New England political science professor Brian Duff. Among other analysis, he says those who turned out to vote no on Question 1 likely voted to re-elect Gov. Paul LePage.

"The bear hunting initiative probably brought out a lot of conservative voters, and they broke for LePage," Duff says.

Political commentator Al Diamon took on election results with Irwin Gratz. He says Gov. Paul LePage was re-elected based on three major factors: he ran a good campaign, the Democratic Party in Maine is "severely broken," and Mike Michaud's announcement that he is gay.

Diamon writes the column "Politics, and Other Mistakes," for several Maine newspapers.