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 - Volunteers at a southern Maine community radio station are hard at work trying to save thousands of vinyl records. About 3,000 LPs - many of them rare blues and reggae releases - were damaged when a water pipe burst at WMPG, on the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus.

PORTLAND, Maine - Regional fishery regulators have been trying to balance conservation concerns against the needs of the commercial fishing industry this week.

They've been tackling the complicated issue of habitat amendment in federal waters from Maine to Connecticut.

MYSTIC, Conn. - The New England Fishery Management Council has opened some areas up to limited fishing, but has approved the majority of habitat protection measures being put forward.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The long winter may now be over but its effect is still being felt in the Maine lobster industry. That's because there's a shortage of supply, and consumers have been paying more for lobsters lately than they have in the past five years.

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ALFRED, Maine - The head of the Maine State Police has personally apologized for his agency's delayed response to a 911 call last week reporting an intruder at a York County daycare center.

Col. Robert Williams also says an investigation is being launched to find out why it took more than two hours to respond, and to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Col. Williams summoned reporters to the Maine State Police barracks in Alfred Wednesday morning to make one thing clear: "It's pretty simple. We failed."

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ALFRED, Maine - Maine State Police have apologized for their late response to a 9-1-1 call from a Dayton child care center last week.

Speaking from the police barracks in Alfred - about 10 miles from where the incident happened - state police chief Col. Robert Williams admitted his agency failed to respond in the way it should have.

"It's important to the public, as it is to us, that when they call, the police respond in a timely manner and take care of their problem," Williams said.

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