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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This month's deadly fire in Portland that killed six people has focused attention on code violations and safety issues in Portland's huge rental market.

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TOPSHAM, Maine - Concert pianist Frank Glazer, who has lived in Maine for more than 30 years, is preparing to celebrate his 100th birthday. The internationally-renowned performer, who still holds a position as artist in residence at Bates College, spoke recently with Tom Porter at his home in Topsham about his early experienes in music and how they have shaped his approach to the piano.

PORTLAND, Maine - The city of Portland has announced the details of a task force on fire safety issues, in light of the tragic fire on Noyes Street that claimed the lives of six young people earlier this month.

City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin says the task force will examine city codes and ordinances, as well as review inspection policies and practices.

Grondin says the group's first meeting will be on Dec. 3, "and then hoping to have some draft recommendations to present to the City Council's Public Safety Committee by February," she says.

PORTLAND, Maine - The University of Maine System was today recognized by the federal government for its leadership in cyber-security education.

UMS says it's the first public university system in the nation to be designated by the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

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PORTLAND, Maine - In the wake of the deadly Portland fire that claimed six young lives earlier this month, dozens of landlords attended a public meeting Wednesday night focused on a subject that's now in the public spotlight - fire safety.

Following the deadly Noyes Street fire, Brit Vitalius says one thought above all probably went through every landlord's head: "That could have been me as a landlord."