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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AUGUSTA, Maine — Members of the Maine Army National Guard will continue in their role as military engineers.

An announcement by the Maine Army National Guard Friday put an end to speculation that the storied 133rd Engineer Battalion could be converted into an infantry unit.

The adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, Brig. Gen. Gerald Bolduc, made the announcement Friday afternoon, saying he's pleased that all plans to convert the 133rd into infantry battalion had been officially scrapped.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland Police Department is notifying people about a man being released from prison today who's still considered a threat to the public.

Police chief Michael Sauschuck says 51-year Steven Ricci has an extensive criminal history going back to the early 1990s.

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YORK, Maine — A chain of southern Maine hardware stores is being recognized by environmental groups Thursday for its decision to sell only organic garden products.

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YORK, Maine — By a narrow margin, voters here have chosen to prohibit stores from using plastic shopping bags.

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PORTLAND, Maine — Opponents of Question 2 in the city are celebrating victory Wednesday morning after soundly defeating the so-called "scenic view" ordinance.