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.

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A Midwest solar power company, and its subsidiary, are joining forces to acquire First Wind, in a deal valued at roughly $2.4 billion. Boston-based First Wind operates five wind farms in Maine and is developing a sixth in Aroostook County. Analysts say being acquired by SunEdison and TerraForm Power will give First Wind the opportunities and capital it needs to bring wind and solar energy to new markets.

 

PORTLAND, Maine - University of Maine System trustees have strengthened the definition of "consent" as part of the system's new policy on sexual assault and harassment. A growing number of post-secondary educational institutions have been adopting stricter interpretations of consent to comply with new federal regulations. Jay Field dropped by UMaine's Orono campus to talk with students about the change.

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BUCKSPORT, Maine - Tomorrow will mark six weeks since Verso Paper announced it would shut down its mill in the town of Bucksport. The closure, scheduled to take place in December, will cost more than 500 workers their jobs. Roughly 80 percent of the workforce is over the age of 50. A few out-of-state mills have sent word to officials in Bucksport that they have some openings for experienced papermakers. But many workers are pulling together resumes and attending job fairs in search of new opportunities - that will likely pay them a lot less than they've been making at Verso.

 

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Charter School Commission has given the OK to the state's 2nd virtual charter school. Members of the commission voted 6 to 1 today to enter into final contract negotiations with Maine Virtual Academy.

The school will serve roughly 300 kids in grades 7-12 from across Maine. This was Maine Virtual Academy's third application for charter status. Two years ago, the school withdrew its application.

It's a statistic that's been used repeatedly by top political leaders in Maine to attack opponents in the opposing party. For the past four years, Maine has been ranked dead last in Forbes magazine's list of the best and worst states to do business in the U.S. This year, Maine's ranking improved, though not by much.

 

So first, the good news: We're no longer last! In Forbes annual list, Maine jumped from 50th to 49th place. But here's the bad news.

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