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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WISCASSET, Maine - After months of bitter cold, we have at last reached that time of year when nature starts to wake up. Some of the first - and most audible - signs of spring's arrival are the mating calls of amphibians - peepers and wood frogs.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The vice president of the Red Sox was in Portland today to offer some advice on how to be successful in managing a sports team.

Charles Steinberg, who's also senior advisor to Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, says teams must never take their fans for granted.

It may sound like obvious advice, he says, but many teams don't follow it, especially when they're performing well - and Steinberg says that's the best time to build goodwill among the fan base.

Courtesy: Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power

AUGUSTA, Maine - Wind power advocates squared off against opponents today as lawmakers heard testimony on two competing bills that could affect wind development projects in Maine's unorganized territory.

Maine's unorganized territory, or UT, refers to that vast wilderness which has no local government. It encompasses more than 400 townships, 9,000 year-round residents and more than half the acreage of the entire state of Maine.

Courtesy: Baxter Academy

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are looking at a number of possible changes to the way charter schools are run in the state, including a proposed moratorium. A legislative committee today heard testimony on five different bills.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A proposal before lawmakers in Augusta seeks to make it a crime to drive while "fatigued."

Republican Rep. Stacey Guerin, of Glenburn, says she introduced the bill on behalf of a constituent who lost a family member in an accident involving an alleged drowsy driver.

"There is currently no criminal charge for even extreme cases of fatigued driving," Guerin told members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee at a public hearing this morning. "We are hoping this bill will change that."