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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PORTLAND, Maine - The University of Southern Maine is getting another new president. Harvey Kesselman, who had been scheduled to take over at USM in July, is withdrawing from the job to stay in New Jersey and deal with problems at Stockton University, where he's the acting president.

AUGUSTA, Maine - An innovative non-profit that's helped combat the diversion of prescription drugs in Maine is at risk of shutting down. Diversion Alert gives health care providers access to statewide drug arrest data to help them identify patients who may be involved in illegal activity.

BATH, Maine — An independent boarding school here is pulling its boys basketball team out of the Maine Principals Association.

A report from earlier this week listing the nation's top high schools — on which a number of Maine schools appeared — contains apparent errors.

In its annual rankings of the nation's high schools, U.S. News and World Report used enrollment data from the 2012-2013 school year from the National Center for Education Statistics.

BANGOR, Maine - U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of the best public high schools in the nation includes 17 in Maine. On this year's list are some of the regular top performers, such as Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Yarmouth and Camden Hills. The list, though, also includes five Maine high schools that are receiving the honor for the first time.

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