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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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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Maine
2:55 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

A Your Vote 2014 Conversation about Political Advertising

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A conversation about the good, the bad and the ugly campaign ads so far this political season.

Guests:  Sam Surprise, President, Surprise Advertising
  Bob Cott, Partner and Account Director, CD & M Communications

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Health
8:12 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Maine Medical Center Holding Patient for Observation

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Medical Center says it has been asked by the federal Centers for Disease Control to hold a patient for observation.

Maine Med says, in a news release, there is no confirmation the patient is infected with the Ebola virus. But the hospital, and state officials, are saying little else about why the patient is being held at the hospital.

The hospital says it has the facilities and protective clothing necessary to isolate a patient if necessary; it is not saying if that's being done in the current case.

Your Vote 2014
10:41 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Analyst: New Poll Indicates Little Change in Maine Governor's Race

A new poll shows Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud continuing to run close together, with independent Eliot Cutler a distant third, in the race to become governor of Maine.  Now, some analysis of the race from Brian Duff, an associate professor at the University of New England in Biddeford.    Duff spoke with MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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