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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ORRINGTON, Maine - The former owners of an Orrington chemical plant must pay for an engineering study to figure out how to clean up toxic mercury dumped in the Penobscot River in the 1960s and 70s.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock ordered Mallinckrodt US LLC to finance the remediation plan in a ruling issued Wednesday.

Cleaning up the pollution - caused by the HoltraChem Manufacturing Company - will likely be one of the largest and most expensive environmental remediation projects in state history.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

BREWER, Maine - Opiate dependency is a disease, and those suffering from addiction should have the same ready access to effective treatments as patients with cancer or diabetes. That was one of the major messages echoed by many speakers at U.S. Sen. Angus King's forum on opiate addiction Tuesday morning in Brewer.

King's forum, looking at how the federal government ought to address the problem, comes as the Maine struggles with a surge in heroin use that's pushed overdose deaths to record highs.

MACHIAS, Maine — The University of Maine at Machias is one of the country's most inclusive campuses for students, faculty and staff who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

SACO, Maine - A man charged with stabbing a woman to death at a Shaw's supermarket in Saco did not enter a plea this afternoon at his first court appearance.

Mark Vogelzang / MPBN File Photo

PORTLAND, Maine - A congressman from Oregon, where voters have legalized recreational marijuana use, says advocates in Maine would be wise to settle on one ballot initiative in 2016.

Earl Blumenauer, who represents Portland, Oregon, in the U.S. House, is in Maine this week visiting a family camp and making appearances on a range of issues.

Two groups - the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, and Legalize Maine - are gathering signatures to put a measure before voters next year.