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.


Your Vote 2014
5:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Pot Citations in Portland Up Since Legalization Approved

PORTLAND, Maine - Next month, residents in Lewiston and South Portland will vote on local ordinances that would legalize possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana. Last November, Portland residents overwhelmingly approved a similar measure. But new data show that, despite that vote, police have issued more marijuana citations than before marijuana was legalized. And supporters of the ballot effort say it's a sign that local authorities are ignoring the will of the people.


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Portland pot citations
11:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Pot Citations Rise in Portland After Legalization

Data recently released by Portland police show that the number of marijuana citations is up nearly 50 percent since voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing the drug for recreational use last year.

Speaking at a City Council meeting Monday night, Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said his department has been gathering statistics regarding marijuana arrests between December 2013 and October of this year.

"So what we found in that 10 month period is that Portland police officers had issued 48 citations to 46 different individuals," Sauschuck said.

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5:04 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Maine Native Targets Russian Human Rights Violators

Kyle Parker talks with students at the University of Southern Maine.
Credit Tom Porter / M

A U.S. foreign policy advisor - and one of the people credited with writing legislation to deal with mounting tensions with Russia - was in Portland today to share his latest insights. Kyle Parker is a native of Old Town, Maine, and a 1999 graduate of the University of Maine. He's also a a leading advocate on human rights. Parker spoke to students at the University of Southern Maine about his work, and the man who inspired him.

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In Blind Sight
4:56 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

What's it Really Like to be Blind? Tom Porter Gets a Taste

Tom Porter gingerly makes his way up Congress Street in Portland, led by blind urban planner Claudia Folska.
Credit Michael Barndollar

Claudia Folska is a highly-qualified professional woman: She holds a dual Ph.D. - in urban planning and cognitive science - and works as a public transport official in Denver, Colorado. She's also blind. Folska's story is the inspiration behind a new documentary titled "In Blind Sight," and she's in Portland right now to promote it and to take part in a public discussion tonight on the challenges faced by blind people in the modern world. Tom Porter met with Folska this morning to find out first-hand what life is like for a sightless person in a strange city.


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Ocean cluster
1:49 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

New England 'Ocean Cluster' Aims to Boost Maine's Maritime Economy

A view of the Iceland Ocean Cluster in Reykjavik.
Credit Photo: Courtesy Ocean Cluster Iceland

PORTLAND, Maine - Ocean-related businesses in Maine are teaming up with an Icelandic entrepreneur to establish a so-called "cluster" - or business incubator - on Portland's waterfront. The aim is to grow the local economy and commercialize new maritime products and services.

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