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 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.

LEWISTON, Maine - Lewiston-based manufacturer Elmet Techologies has been acquired by a group of Maine-based investors. Elmet, which makes metallic products for the precision engineering industry, was founded in 1929.  The company reportedly laid off 33 workers last week amid rumors of a sale.

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State officials, businesses and communities across Maine are busy making preparations for the impending winter storm that's bringing snow, high winds and blizzard conditions to much of the northeast.

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PORTLAND, Maine — A local nonprofit has launched a new Web tool that it hopes will make it easier for consumers to access locally caught seafood.

Coastal Enterprises Inc., or CEI — which works to spur small business development — says the idea is to do for seafood what the locavore and "buy local" movements are doing for Maine agriculture.

From an office overlooking Portland's working waterfront, Hugh Cowperthwaite sits hunched over his computer.

PORTLAND, Maine - There's some positive news on Maine's real estate front today. As hundreds of industry professionals gathered in Portland today learned, Maine's property market is continuing its recovery from the recession lows of four or five years ago.