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 - Portland launched a campaign today to encourage more children to eat school lunches.

Mayor Michael Brennan visited Lyseth Elementary School in North Deering to promote the "Choose School Lunch" initiative.

Talking to fourth and fifth graders before heading into lunch, Brennan said much of what they eat is supplied by local farmers, and the aim is to have 50 percent of their food locally-sourced by the end of 2016.

"It's better for the environment, it helps local businesses, and you get healthy food," Brennan said.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The fire and building codes task force set up by the city of Portland met for the last time Thursday, before finalizing its recommendations for the City Council.

The 12-member panel was established in the wake of the deadly November fire in a rental housing unit on Noyes Street which killed six young adults. The aim is to improve fire safety in the city's 17,000 rental units.

Task force member Brit Vitalius, of the Southern Maine Landlords Association, says one of the recommendations is for landlords and tenants to sign a disclosure agreement.


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Regional fishing industry regulators have rejected a plan to list river herring and shad as part of the Atlantic Herring fishery.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Regional fishing industry regulators have rejected a plan to list river herring and shad as part of the Atlantic herring fishery.

The measure would have put the two species under a federal management plan, with a view to helping with their conservation.

Lori Steele is herring plan coordinator with the New England Fishery Management Council. She told council members there's a lack of useful data on shad and river herring - which includes alewives and blueback herring.

Courtesy: Orly Genger

PORTLAND, Maine - A New York-based artist has become an unlikely source of revenue for a lot of Maine lobstermen. Internationally-renowned sculptor Orly Genger makes massive works of art using rope - particularly discarded lobster line.