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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Downeast LNG is submitting new environmental reports to a federal agency for review, as part of a plan to build a liquified natural gas import-export terminal on the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay.

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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - In Michael Willette's hometown of Presque Isle, constituents have mixed views of the Republican state senator and the Facebook postings that forced him to give up his chairmanship of a legislative committee.

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EDGECOMB, Maine — An enthusiastic crowd welcomed home Nancie Atwell this morning at the Center for Teaching and Learning here.

Last weekend, Atwell won the $1 million dollar Global Teacher Prize in Dubai. For Atwell, who was one of ten finalists, the days before and after the awards ceremony have been a whirlwind.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine children below the 3rd grade would not be allowed to take yearly standardized tests under a bill before the Legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs Committee.

  ORONO, Maine — In-state students at the University of Maine are applauding the system's board of trustees for freezing tuition for the fourth year in a row.

The board finalized the tuition freeze with a unanimous vote at its Monday meeting in Orono.