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.


Ferry service
5:53 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ridership on Nova Star Ferry on the Rise

The Nova Star ferry docked in Portland in April
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Ridership on the Nova Star ferry between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is picking up after a slow start to the newly-resumed service. Weak passenger numbers in June and July have forced the provincial government in Nova Scotia to give the cruise line $21 million this summer - subsidy payments that were supposed to be spread out over seven years. But trips in the first two weeks of August have already outpaced the total for all of July.

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Sentencing disparities
5:36 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Criminal Sentencing in Maine: Are Minorities and Whites Treated the Same?

LEWISTON, Maine - Leading players in the criminal justice system offered very different views Thursday on whether minorities in Maine face tougher sentences than whites for the crimes they commit. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, state lawmakers and current inmates shared their thoughts on sentencing disparities at a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hearing in Lewiston.

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FairPoint workers picket
4:09 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

FairPoint Workers in Maine Stage 'Informational' Pickets

A car dashboard sign at a FairPoint workers' informational picket today in Portland.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Workers with FairPoint Communications staged informational pickets in locations across the state today, with new contract talks scheduled for tomorrow and the company and its unions still far apart. The unions' current contract expired Aug. 2.  Workers have voted to authorize a strike, but have so far elected to stay on the job in hopes that a deal can be reached.

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High speed Internet
5:47 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Maine Town Flips Switch on Municipally-Owned Ultra-Fast Internet Service

ROCKPORT, Maine - Few states in the nation are worse than Maine when it comes to Internet connectivity and reliability. But today, a town on the mid-coast flipped the switch on its own ultra-fast Web hook-up. The municipally-owned, fiber optic network, serving parts of Rockport, immediately makes Maine an unlikely leader in the push for greater access to high speed Internet service.


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Tidal power
5:46 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Pembroke Residents Wary of Tidal Project Proposal

Residents of Pembroke questioned developers of a controversial, tidal energy energy project at a contentious public hearing this afternoon in the small, Washington County town. Halcyon Tidal Power wants to harness the energy potential of the Bay of Fundy's massive tides by building a so-called "barrage" across the mouth of the Pennamaquan River. Today's hearing came after the company spent two days telling federal and state regulators about extensive research it plans to do on the potential impacts of the project.


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Side Trips
5:10 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Side Trips: Preserving the History of the Telephone

In the second half of 2013, two of every five U.S. households had given up land lines in favor of wireless telephones. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, this move away from land lines is happening much more slowly in the rural Northeast, in states like Maine. So it seems appropriate, in a way, that Maine is home to a unique, out-of-the-way museum that tracks the evolution of landline telephone communication in America. 

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5:22 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Feds Nearing Permit to Limit Accidental Trapping of Canada Lynx

A Canada lynx.
Keith Williams Flickr

After years of planning, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to finally sign off on a permit in October that allows trapping in Maine to continue as the state also works to limit the accidental taking of federally protected Canada lynx.

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5:51 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Maine Program Gets $18 Million to Combat Brain Drain

Anne Campbell
Credit Jay Field / MPBN

A statewide biomedical research program is receiving an $18 million federal grant to continue work that's helping to combat Maine's so-called brain drain. That's the term given to the phenomenon of young people leaving the state after high school or college to look for work elsewhere. Founded in 2001, the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence has trained more than 2,000 students at 13 public and private colleges, universities and research institutions throughout the state.

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5:48 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

College Attendance Rising Among Maine High School Graduates

College attendance among Maine high school graduates is on the rise, according to a new report from the Portland-based Mitchell Institute.

Researchers are especially encouraged that the improvement has matched gains in the state's high school graduation rate.

Over the past seven years, Maine's high school graduation rate has jumped from 80 to 86 percent.

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5:25 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

2nd District Candidates Diverge on Ideas for Undocumented Children

The placement of eight undocumented children in Maine has forced candidates for governor and Congress to clarify how they would address the crisis on the nation's southern border. Whoever wins the election in Maine's 2nd Congressional District will have a say in how America's immigration challenges ought to be addressed. And the three candidates in the race all have different ideas about what to do.

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