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 - Despite major shocks in recent years, the U.S. economy continues to be relatively consumer friendly, but challenges remain.  That's according to Brett Miller, a senior portfolio manager with Key Private bank in Portland.  MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks with Miller about the early 2016 economic outlook.

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PORTLAND, Maine — After years of planning and millions of dollars in public and private investment, freight trains are now carrying shipping containers loaded on the Portland waterfront to other parts of New England.

State officials see the rail link as key to reviving the port, which was among the largest on the East Coast a century ago but had fallen in past decades.

The state of Maine spent last year clearing land west of the Casco Bay Ferry terminal in Portland. It is expanding the International Marine Terminal, which container ship company Eimskip moved into in 2013.

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BUCKSPORT, Maine - "Thriving in Place" is the name of an effort in Bucksport that is helping it become a community that's friendly to its growing number of older residents. Its goals are to enable seniors to stay in their homes, stay social, and stay healthy.  

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The Maine Arts Commission is trying to nurture the creative side of aging Mainers.  In some cases, the effort helps to preserve memories of what once was, or knowledge of traditional Maine crafts. Irwin Gratz spoke with Kathleen Mundell about how the Arts Commission - and artists - are working to cultivate the creativity of Maine's elders. 

WATERVILLE, Maine - Princeton University History Professor Emerita Nell Painter believes that to truly understand the black experience in America, whites must first understand their own history.  That's why she wrote "The History of White People" in 2010.  Painter spoke with MPBN’s Irwin Gratz ahead of a speaking appearance Monday at Colby College.