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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Recreational fishing activity is having a sizeable impact on the New England and the U.S. economies, according to a new report. Federal regulators have just come out with the first ever economic survey of bait and tackle shops.

WASHINGTON - Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins today introduced bi-partisan legislation aimed at beefing up cyber-security in the federal government.

This follows the recent hacker attack on the government's Office of Personnel Management, which compromised the personal information of more than 21 million current and former government employees, including Sen. Collins herself.

"This cyber attack points to a broader problem: the glaring gaps in the process for protecting sensitive personal and economic information in federal agencies," Collins says.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Environmental advocates in Maine are welcoming the results of a new national survey showing widespread support among sportsmen for the revised Clean Water Act.

In May, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency finalized the act's Clean Water Rule, extending its protections to the smaller streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - The minimum wage debate continues to rage in Maine's largest city, where the Portland City Council Monday voted to delay until September consideration of a wage ordinance they passed two weeks ago. That ordinance inadvertently gave tipped workers more than policy-makers intended.

Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

BATH, Maine - A report published by the U.S. Naval Institute's news service says delays in the Zumwalt destroyer program have led to a bottleneck in production at Bath Iron Works, something which is affecting the yard's ability to remain competitive in the pursuit of other Navy ship-building programs.