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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Roughly 10-15 percent of the K-12 student population in the U.S. is not attending school on a regular basis, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

  Maine’s newest charter school will focus on the performing arts.

The state’s charter school commission gave its unanimous approval this week to Snow Pond Academy, a high school that will open in September and be based in Sidney on Messalonskee Lake.

The commission is also considering a proposal for a new program at the state’s first charter school in Fairfield, focusing on pregnant and parenting teens.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of a referendum to increase funding for schools have submitted nearly 75,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office. If they pass muster with state elections officials, that would be more than enough signatures to qualify the item for the November ballot.

The initiative seeks to push the state to finally honor a longtime mandate to fund 55 percent of the annual cost of public education.

Under the initiative, households would pay an additional $30 in taxes for every $1,000 of income they earn above $200,000.

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CAMDEN, Maine — Festivities surrounding the 26th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships kick off this weekend in Camden.

The recent unseasonably warm weather forced event organizers to move a snow sculpting competition, scheduled for Saturday, to later in the month.

Race coordinators, though, say the toboggan chute will be as slick as ever, when competition begins a week from Saturday.

I went on a test run and filed this first-person account.

OLD TOWN, Maine - An official with the United Steelworkers says the union knows few details surrounding the sale of the Old Town pulp mill to a new limited liability corporation.

Expera Specialty Solutions acquired the mill a little over year ago, then announced in September that the facility would shut down at the end of 2015.

Duane Lugdon, with the steelworker's union, says he was surprised to learn Wednesday that Expera had gone ahead and sold the mill to a MFGR, LLC, which has ties to a Connecticut-based asset liquidation firm.