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.


State House Dome
1:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Maine Artists Could Get Some Copper from State House Dome

Scaffolding surrounds the State House dome, which is getting a new coat of copper.
Credit Mal Leary

Workers are in the midst of replacing the copper sheath on the State House dome and are scheduled to finish their work this fall. Now, Maine artists could get a chance to use some of the old copper from the dome for their works, under a plan being considered by a legislative leadership panel.

Lawmakers on the Legislative Council had planned to sell the old copper for scrap, before asking the Maine Arts Commission to come up with a more creative use for the leftover metal.

The commission's plan has five parts:

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National Hot Dog Day
6:16 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

National Hot Dog Day: Maine Vendors Serve up Classic Dogs With a Twist

The Moody Dog hot dog cart in Belfast.
Credit Jay Field

Today is a special day, as we celebrate a uniquely American food. Yes, today, July 23, 2014, is National Hot Dog Day. Americans consume some seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council in Washington.

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Subsidy rulings
5:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Maine Health Care Advocates: Don't Panic Over Dueling Subsidy Rulings

Health care officials in Maine spent the day analyzing the potential impact of two, conflicting federal appeals court rulings on a key part of the Affordable Care Act.

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FairPoint strike vote
5:49 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

In Wake of Strike Vote, FairPoint Vows to Maintain Service

FairPoint Communications says it's making preparations to keep telephone and Internet service up and running should some 2000 union workers walk off the job next month. 

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Virtual schools
4:22 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Maine's First Virtual School Courts Parents of Prospective Students

Maine's first virtual school continues to sign up students ahead of an enrollment deadline at the end of the month. The state's charter school commission gave Maine Connections Academy more time to hit its minimum enrollment of 243 students, and the school says it will likely surpass that number. Jay Field attended an informational session on the school for prospective families in Bangor.

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Your Vote 2014
5:49 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Money Race in Maine's 2nd District Reveals Key Differences

Democratic 2nd District candidate Emily Cain.
Credit File photo

Maine 2nd Congressional District candidates Emily Cain and Bruce Poliquin are locked in a tight money race, with just over six weeks until Labor day and the kickoff of the fall campaign.

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The Salt
3:42 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Craft Beer Reaches New Depths As Mainers Brew A Batch From Seaweed

A glass of the seaweed beer created by Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. in Belfast, Maine.
Jay Field MPBN

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 12:14 pm

More craft breweries are using exotic ingredients in their creations these days. There are ales made with all kinds of fruit, beers infused with coriander and other spices, stouts brewed with oysters — even beer made from yeast scraped off 35 million-year-old whale bones. But what about a beer made with seaweed?

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Side Trips
6:11 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Side Trips: Tall Ship Replicates Maine's 'Privateering' Past

The bow of the Lynx, a replica of a so-called privateer, built in Rockport, Maine.
Credit Jay Field

And now, another installment in our summer series, where we take you to museums, attractions and other hidden gems throughout Maine. We're calling it Side Trips. Today's destination: a painstakingly built replica of the The Privateer Lynx, a schooner from the War of 1812. Jay Field paid a visit to the tall ship on a windy day at the waterfront in Belfast.

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Wind Power
5:45 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Report: Maine Losing Ground to Other States in Offshore Wind Power Development

There's enough wind power potential right now off the Atlantic coast to power five million homes, according to a report released today by coalition of environmental, conservation and alternative energy groups.

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Wind Power
7:15 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

First Wind Vows to Appeal Permit Denial

First Wind says it will appeal the state's denial of a permit for a 16-turbine development in the Downeast Lakes region.

The company will argue before the Maine Supreme Judicial court that the Department of Environmental Protection made a mistake, when it declined to sign off on the Bowers Wind project last year.

DEP officials refused to issue a permit because they said views of the turbines would have an adverse impact on the scenic character of nearby lakes.

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