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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SACO, Maine - The head of a southern Maine high school traveled to Washington recently to receive a presidential award - not from the Department of Education, but from the Department of Commerce.

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PORTLAND, Maine - U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is visiting Maine with Sen. Susan Collins today to highlight the importance of training partnerships that provide skilled workers in the shipbuilding industry.

Perez and Collins spoke to the press earlier today at the Portland International Jetport before visiting training programs at Bath Iron Works and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.

Collins says that, at both facilities, the employees are growing older and heading into retirement, "and the work that is done is technical and highly skilled."

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PORTLAND, Maine - A Portland man is facing drug charges, following an operation by drug enforcement agents and the city's police department. Kerwin Lamour, 29, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school - in this case Presumpscot School.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Cmdr. Scott Pelletier says the arrest follows a month-long investigation during which agents made several undercover purchases of crack cocaine from Lamour.

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland Police are seeking a suspect or suspects involved in a series of armed robberies over the past couple of days.

Authorities a man robbed the TruChoice Federal Credit Union on Park Avenue today around noon, after displaying a handgun and demanding money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Meanwhile, Monday night at around 10:20 p.m. a man brandishing a handgun threatened a family of four on Sherman Street, near State Street. The family fled on foot and were not injured.

Tom Porter

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland police have confirmed that one man is dead following a shooting at a recording studio in the Old Port Monday night. At a press conference this afternoon, Assistant Chief Vern Malloch named the victim as 19-year-old Treyjohn Arsenault, of Scarborough.

Malloch says a 20-year-old Portland man was also shot at the incident at Da Block Studios, but is expected to recover. Police have not released his identity. "Our initial investigation suggests that there may be more than one shooter involved in this incident," Malloch said.