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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JONESPORT, Maine - Public schools Downeast were closed again Wednesday, as the region dug out from yet another snow storm. The record snowfall in Maine this winter has made it a banner year for school closures.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Historically, debate over charter schools in Maine has meant sharp disagreement between their supporters and those who believe they operate at the expense of traditional public schools and districts.  But in Augusta today, the two sides were more or less in agreement. Maine, they argued before the Legislature's Education Committee, must change how it funds charter schools.

BANGOR, Maine - A midday fire at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor is now under control.

There were no students in the building, which is closed for vacation this week

Bangor Fire Chief Tom Higgins says one firefighter had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance, after part of a ceiling fell in on him.

"He was conscious and alert when he left. So, we're hoping for the best for him," Higgins says. "I believe he's up at the hospital, doing x-rays and under good treatment up there."

AUGUSTA, Maine - In Augusta, there's disagreement between advocates and the LePage administration over how to go about expanding early childhood education in Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Politicians, business leaders, economists and educators agree: The future health of Maine's economy depends, in large part, on growing a younger, more highly educated workforce.