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 — It's been 12 years since voters approved an initiative requiring the state to fund 55 percent of the cost of public education in Maine.

CASTINE, Maine — Students and faculty at Maine Maritime Academy held a solemn meeting late this afternoon as Coast Guard crews continued searching for survivors from the cargo ship El Faro.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage is urging Mainers to pay close attention to weather forecasts over the weekend, even though Hurricane Joaquin is predicted to stay far off the East Cost.

Emergency management officials say the state will be spared Joaquin's heavy rains and winds, but will likely see strong surf along the coast early next week.

LePage got an update on the storm during an afternoon conference call with emergency responders across the state.

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Today is the deadline for retailers nationwide to begin using new credit card readers designed to combat fraud.

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STANDISH, Maine — The first Pope to use a Twitter account has arrived in the U.S., and students at St. Joseph's College here say they'll be following his historic visit.