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.


Paper Mill sale
5:51 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Canadian Company Seeks to Buy Rumford Paper Mill

RUMFORD, Maine - A Canadian company is entering into an agreement to buy the Rumford Paper mill.

Catalyst Paper of British Columbia wants to buy the mill as part of a $74 million deal to purchase two mills owned by NewPage Corp. The other mill is in Wisconsin.

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Energy East Pipeline
4:39 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Plan to Pipe Tar Sands Oil Near Maine Border Sparks Environmental Concerns

TORONTO - Environmental groups in Maine are speaking out against Canadian energy giant TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada today submitted formal applications to build the largest, most expensive pipeline in North America. Although it would not cross into U.S. territory, some in Maine say the Energy East Pipeline would come close enough to our borders to pose a potential threat to the environment.


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USM cuts
3:28 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

25 USM Faculty Members Laid Off in Cost-Cutting Effort

USM Economics Professor Rachel Bouvier protests her layoff at a press event in Portland Wednesday.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Twenty-five faculty members at the University of Southern Maine are receiving lay-off notices this week. Some of them were joined by students on USM's Portland campus today to speak out against continued cuts, which they say devalue their education and may prompt some of them to transfer to other colleges.


Chanting: "Invest in USM. Invest in USM."

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Endangered right whales
4:04 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Whale Protection Rules: Maine Lobstermen Divided Over Whether to Sue

Four North American right whales.
Credit Peter Duley / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Maine lobstermen are considering taking the federal government to court over regulations designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. The Maine Lobstering Union has filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service over new and existing rules requiring the modification of lobster gear. The union argues that the rules put fishermen at greater risk of accident and injury, while offering little proven protection for the whale population. But not everyone in Maine's lobstering community thinks a lawsuit is a good idea.


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USM program cuts
5:32 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

UMaine System Board Poised to Vote on Eliminating Two USM Programs

USM second-year French major Daniel Bahun protests the proposed elimination of the program.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

EDITOR'S NOTE: Moments after this story aired, the University of Maine System board of trustees voted to eliminate the University of Southern Maine's bachelor of arts program in French and its master's program in Applied Medical Sciences.

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