Jay Field

News Producer

Jay Field is a reporter for MPBN Radio based in the network’s Bangor bureau. In his reporting for the network’s flagship program, Maine Things Considered, Field enjoys exploring how real people’s lives are impacted by the unique policy challenges, economic, education, natural resource and otherwise, that come with daily life in a rural state.

Prior to joining MPBN, Field was based in Evanston, Illinois, where he filed freelance stories for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Marketplace and The World, and worked as a staff reporter for WBEZ-FM in Chicago. At WBEZ, Field helped launch an education desk, spent four years reporting, in-depth, on the nation’s third largest school system and covered general assignment news. Field began his public radio career as an intern and contributing reporter at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where he filed stories for KQED News and The California Report.

Field has received many honors and awards for his work. In 2012, his series on Maine’s prescription drug monitoring program was honored in the Public Affairs category by the Maine Association of Broadcasters. In 2007, Field won a national Sigma Delta Chi award for Radio Investigative Reporting for a series on overcrowding and disciplinary problems at a high school on Chicago’s South Side. That same year, Field was also part of a team of WBEZ journalists who contributed to the series Chicago Matters: Valuing Education, which won the Casey Medal for Meritous Journalism, which honors distinguished coverage of disadvantaged children, youth and families. In 2006, Field was honored with the national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the Radio Feature Reporting category for a two-month series on school truancy in Rockford, Illinois. In 2005, the National Headliner Awards honored Field for his ongoing coverage of school finance challenges in a poor suburb on south of Chicago, near the Indiana border. Field has been a finalist for the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. His work has also been honored by the Chicago Headline Club, the Illinois Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

Field graduated from Colby College, earning a B.A. in English.


Your Vote 2014
5:44 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Cutler Supporters in Maine's Conservative Somerset County Rethink Their Votes

Eliot Cutler tells supporters Wednesday to vote for someone else if they think he can't win.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

Republican Gov. Paul LePage won a narrow victory four years ago thanks to triumphs in a few rural, largely conservative counties. One is Somerset County, where LePage defeated independent Eliot Cutler by just over 3,000 votes.The governor needs to hold onto - or increase - this advantage to win re-election. To unseat LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud must chip away at LePage's support in these strongholds by winning over more of the voters who were planning to back Eliot Cutler. Jay Field traveled to Somerset County to talk with voters about the state of the governor's race.


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Elver quotas
6:07 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Quota Cuts Dishearten Maine Elver Fishermen

Elver fishermen in Maine face a nearly 18 percent cut in the number of glass eels they'll be allowed to catch next year. Regional fishery regulators voted to reduce the state's catch limit Monday, as part of an overall management plan for the American Eel Fishery. Maine elver fishermen say the cut is unncessary and will further harm their ability to make a living.

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Elver quotas
5:23 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Panel Recommends Cut in Maine's Elver Quota

Tiny glass eels, know as elvers, squirm in a Maine fisherman's net.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - The group that manages commercial fisheries in the Atlantic states is recommending a nearly 2,000-pound cut in the catch limit for glass eels in Maine. Under the suggested rule change, fishermen would be able to catch a total of 9,688 pounds of elvers in each of the next three seasons. That was the total number of glass eels hauled in this past season, despite a 2014 quota of over 11,000 pounds.


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Ebola readiness
3:19 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Maine Nurses Union: Nationwide Ebola Treatment Standards Needed

Maine nurses want President Obama and the U.S. Congress to force hospitals and health care employers to implement uniform safety standards for treating Ebola patients. Last night, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued its own updated rules to protect health care workers from contracting the virus.


The new guidelines encourage those treating Ebola patients to wear two pairs of protective gloves, fluid-resistant gowns, pants and shoe coverings, a waterproof apron and a disposable, full face shield.

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UMaine cuts
4:12 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

UMaine-Orono: Help Us Figure Out How to Cut $7 Million

The University of Maine campus in Orono.
Credit NightThree / Wikimedia Commons

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine at Orono will cut $7 million from its budget in fiscal year 2016.  Administrators made the announcement at a morning meeting on campus, where they asked faculty and staff in different departments for feedback on where to come up with the cuts.


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