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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CARIBOU, Maine - Northernmost Maine remains under a flood watch today, as warming temperatures and melting snow cause water to build up behind ice jams and rivers in the area to rise. Ice remains a concern, as well, on the upper Penobscot and Piscataquis Rivers.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is calling for an overhaul of gaming policy in Maine. They made their case at a press conference in Augusta this morning, as the Legislature is taking up a consultant's report that finds that Maine could support two additional casinos.

Maine's two existing casinos, in Bangor and Oxford, were both built after being approved by voters at the ballot box. For the past 11 years, state Sen. Linda Valentino fought as hard as she could to keep those casino's out of the state.

CAMDEN, Maine - The former head of a Midcoast charity, who alledgedly embezzled more than $4 million from the organization, has agreed to reimburse his former employer.

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Members of Maine's four Native American tribes say it's time for public schools in Skowhegan to stop using the term "Indians" as the nickname and mascot for their sports teams.


WISCASSET, Maine - It wasn't a cyber attack - or even a computer hack. Instead, it was an aggressive computer virus that crippled the main data server and forced the Sheriff's Department in Lincoln County to pay a 300 euro ransom payment to cyber criminals in Europe.

Officials decided to go ahead with the payment to avoid the risk of compromising or losing all of the county's digital law enforcement data.