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 - Elected officials and homeless advocates held a news conference in Portland this morning to defend the city's administration of General Assistance funds.

PORTLAND, Maine - Several of Portland's elected officials teamed up with advocates for the homeless this morning to criticize state officials for a failure to communicate over the issue of General Assistance.

A recent state audit accused the city of effectively wasting GA funds, after finding that a number of homeless shelter residents had more than $20,000 in the bank.

Homeless advocates say these are all long-term shelter residents with severe mental health problems who should not be turned away.

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PORTLAND, Maine - After conducting several studies, Portland officials held a forum Wednesday night to look into the city's housing issues.

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PORTLAND, Maine - More than 1,700 Fairpoint workers headed back to work today following a 4-month strike.

This follows approval over the weekend of an agreement between management and the union workers dealing with pension contributions and health care costs.

Mike Reed is the company's Maine state president. "I'm very excited, I couldn't be more pleased to have everybody back," he says.

About 800 FairPoint workers went on strike in Maine, and Reed describes the transition back to the regular workforce as "pretty much seamless."

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PORTLAND, Maine - Homeless advocates and health professionals in Portland are accusing state officials of using mentally ill homeless people as political pawns.