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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Mainers who've pushed for ending the United States trade embargo against Cuba are praising President Obama's move to re-establish diplomatic relations with the island nation.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine's former top drug prosecutor has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison, on convictions for child pornography and contempt of court.

Charles Beck / MPBN

BUCKSPORT, Maine - Attorneys for the International Association of Machinists and Verso Paper had their first meeting with a U.S. District Court judge today on the union's lawsuit against the company.

BANGOR, Maine - Three years ago, "bath salts" were big news in Maine. The synthetic drugs were blamed for acts of bizarre behavior and crimes that had law enforcement and emergency room doctors scrambling.

As many as 500 additional kids in Maine will be able to go to public preschool, thanks to a nearly $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant is part of President Obama's commitment of $1 billion in public and private money to expand early childhood education, unveiled at a White House Summit today.

"It's a holiday gift to many of Maine's children," says Sue Reed, the early childhood consultant at the Maine Department of Education. "We're really looking at helping those learning gains continue into Kindergarten, first, second and third grade."

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