Tom Porter

News Producer

That very British voice you've begun hearing on Maine Things Considered belongs to our newest reporter, Tom Porter, who comes to us after a prior stint as a reporter at WVTF-FM, a public radio station in Roanoke, Virgina.

A native of Birmingham, England, Tom comes from a family of British journalists. He worked for nearly eight years at Bloomberg Television and Radio in London as a reporter and news producer. He is also trained jazz pianist. Tom has a bachelor's degree from the University of London and a master's degree from Kings College in London.

Tom has a strong background in environmental reporting, chronicling the drought affecting much of the south, innovation in “green” construction and building design and advances in biotechnology.

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PORTLAND, Maine — Ever since last month's deadly fire in Portland, questions are being asked about whether or not the property on Noyes Street should have been classified as a boarding house, or rooming house.

It's an important distinction because rooming houses typically require stricter fire safety measures. But the line between "rooming house" and "single family home" is not as clear as it could be.

Next month, the City of Portland's Fire Prevention's task force reconvenes for Phase Two of its action plan to revise the city's fire and building codes policy.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The Sony-North Korea hacking scandal has prompted many private companies across the globe to ask themselves the following question: "How vulnerable am I to a cyber attack?"

KITTERY, Maine - Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery says it's in the process of hiring more than 700 workers.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Portland's fire safety task force held its final meeting of the year today, as it works toward improving the city's fire prevention and inspection programs.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The owner of a Portland duplex where six people died in a fire last month is under fresh scrutiny this week.