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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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Conditions like cancer, Parkinson's disease, PTSD and depression are no laughing matter. But an increasingly popular form of group therapy uses laughter to help people overcome these same health challenges.

PORTLAND, Maine - Fishery regulators last night heard testimony about the future of the Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery. The winter shrimping season has been canceled the last two years because of worry about declining numbers of shrimp.

Steve Train is a commercial fisherman who sits on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which oversees the shrimp fishery.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Business representatives are joining environmentalists in warning that a one-word typographical error could cost Maine energy consumers a quarter of a billion dollars in higher energy bills over the next three years.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Environmental advocates and business representatives today warned that a one-word typographical error could cost Maine energy consumers $250 million in higher energy bills over the next three years, if not corrected.

They say the omission of the word "and" from a phrase in the omnibus energy law passed in 2013 allowed the Public Utilities Commission to vote recently to slash funding to Efficiency Maine by nearly $40 million.
Efficiency Maine helps businesses reduce their energy costs.

PORTLAND, Maine - New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show Cumberland County to be the fastest-growing county in Maine. Cumberland - already the most populous county in the state - saw its population increase by 0.67 percent in the 12 months between July 2013 and July 2014.