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.


5:46 am
Mon November 24, 2014

UMaine Record Attempt, Football Team Fall Flat

The University of Maine has fallen short in its quest to break the world record for having the most people in one place wearing flannel apparel.

The university had called on football fans to don plaid or tartan-patterned clothing for Saturday's game against the University of New Hampshire. It even gave out 1,500 plaid bandanas to attendees.

The school needed more than 1,090 people wearing two plaid-patterned items to attend the game to break the Guinness world record. Instead, only about 1,000 turned out.

12:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Picketers Protest Portland DHHS Move One Last Time

Ashley Gorczyca, a community organizer for Homeless Voices for Justice, pickets outside the DHHS office in Portland Wednesday morning.
Credit Irwin Gratz / MPBN

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.

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7:09 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Morning Edition Weather Forecasts to Air at New Time

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.

12:00 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Parades Commemorating Veterans Day

A police color guard leads the South Portland Veterans Day parade.
Credit Irwin Gratz / MPBN

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.

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1:16 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Professor: Bear Hunting Referendum Affected Governor's Race

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.

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