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 - A 90-year-old, twin-masted schooner sailed into Portland harbor Thursday morning. The "Adventure," as she's called, arrived to pick up three tons of Maine-grown farm produce. She'll then depart for Boston at first light on Friday.

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FREEPORT, Maine - A well-known figure in the Maine art world died over the weekend. As well as being a respected painter, Tom Crotty was an outspoken art promoter and gallery operator who championed the work of many other Maine artists.

FREEPORT, Maine - One of Maine's most popular contemporary artists and art promoters died over the weekend.

Tom Crotty, who was 80, was diagnosed with cancer nine months ago, according to the Portland Press Herald, and had undergone a couple of surgeries.

GARLAND, Maine — The family of a private contractor from Maine killed in Afghanistan over the weekend is mourning the loss of someone they describe as a "family man" and a "true American hero."

Former policeman Corey Dodge of Garland died on Saturday in Kabul when the vehicle he was in was blown up by a car bomb.

His widow, Kelli Dodge, says Corey had been to Afghanistan several times over the last nine years and was hoping to make this his final tour.

Corey Dodge had been due to return home in October.

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine - It's been a good season for the endangered piping plover. Populations of the tiny migrating shorebirds, that like to nest on the sandy beaches of southern and Midcoast Maine during the summer, were perilously low a few years ago. But this year, thanks in large part to the efforts of local communities, monitors have observed the highest numbers on record.