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.

Ways To Connect

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PORTLAND, Maine — A local nonprofit has launched a new Web tool that it hopes will make it easier for consumers to access locally caught seafood.

Coastal Enterprises Inc., or CEI — which works to spur small business development — says the idea is to do for seafood what the locavore and "buy local" movements are doing for Maine agriculture.

From an office overlooking Portland's working waterfront, Hugh Cowperthwaite sits hunched over his computer.

PORTLAND, Maine - There's some positive news on Maine's real estate front today. As hundreds of industry professionals gathered in Portland today learned, Maine's property market is continuing its recovery from the recession lows of four or five years ago.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The long-awaited results of an investigation into Portland's deadliest fire in more than 40 years were released today. Six people died in the blaze at 20 Noyes Street this past November.

PORTLAND, Maine - Investigators have concluded that a fire that killed six people in a Portland apartment building was an accident caused by improper disposal of smoking materials.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Hundreds are gathering at events in Maine today to honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.