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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AUGUSTA, Maine - The University of Maine System's top financial official is taking over as the interim president at the University of Maine at Augusta.

Rebecca Wyke has served as the system's vice chancellor of finance and administration for the past seven years.

At UMA, Wyke replaces another interim president, Glen Cummings, who takes over as head of the University of Southern Maine next month.

Christine DiPasquale.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Leaders in the field of regenerative medicine are at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor this weekend. They're taking part in REGEN2015: The research symposium, lecture series and two-week course for graduate students look at the ways regenerative medicine is giving new hope to people suffering from paralysis and other traumatic injuries.

MEDWAY, Maine -  Supporters of a national park in northern Maine have a lot more work to do to convince residents in one area town to support the proposal.

In a non-binding straw vote Tuesday, 252 Medway residents opposed the park, while 102 voters supported it.

Park opponents say the vote is proof that an expensive campaign to convince area residents to support the proposal isn't working.  That campaign is being waged by Roxanne Quimby's son, Lucas St. Clair, and Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., the non-profit that manages Quimby's vast land holdings in the North Woods.

LOVELL, Maine - Janice Sage's career as an innkeeper appeared to be coming full circle when she announced this spring that she would hold an essay contest with her 210-year-old country inn as the prize. In 1993, Sage entered a similar contest, put on by the previous owner of the Center Lovell Inn, and won.

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine - More than 200 businesses have come out against a new national park in Maine's North Woods, ahead of a debate tonight on the proposal and two key municipal votes next week. The plan calls for a 75,000-acre national park between Baxter State Park and the East Branch of the Penobscot River, and a 75,000-acre recreation area that would allow snowmobiling and hunting.