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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BANGOR, Maine — Joe Baldacci says his lifetime of experience in Maine, as a public servant and attorney here, makes him the best candidate to face Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin next year.

Government subsidies provided to Canadian producers and importers of supercalendered paper are directly hurting competitors in Maine, according to a preliminary ruling by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Coalition for Fair Paper Imports, which includes Madison Paper Industries and Verso Paper, had asked the department to investigate the subsidies back in February.

Under what's called countervailing duty or CVD law, U.S. companies can seek financial relief when subsidies provided to foreign competitors are hurting their bottom lines.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies is in talks with the Maine College of Art on a merger plan that could allow the Portland-based school to remain open.

BANGOR, Maine — City councilors will vote tonight on a proposal to increase the city's minimum wage from $7.50 to $9.75 an hour by the year 2018.

Supporters argue the city must take action to create a livable wage, in part, because state and federal government have failed to do so.

City Councilor Joe Baldacci first proposed the Bangor ordinance back in February.

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OLD TOWN, Maine - Whitewater canoeists and kayakers from across the country are in Maine for a competition event that wouldn't have been possible just three years ago. The Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta got underway in Old Town Thursday, with races scheduled to take place through Sunday afternoon.

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