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 — Low-wage workers and their advocates are converging on City Hall Monday night to urge the City Council to approve a near 35 percent increase in the local minimum wage — a proposal that some in the business community describe as unworkable.

The current statewide minimum wage is $7.50 an hour — the same level it has been for more than five years.

Workers' rights groups say it's not enough, especially for those trying to make a living in Portland.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Advocates for Maine's bicyclists and pedestrians are celebrating one of the rare examples of political harmony in Augusta: passage of a bill designed to make Maine roads safer for those who are traveling on two wheels or by foot.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage Wednesday became the first Republican governor to announce a pick in the 2016 presidential race. Maine's outspoken chief executive is backing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who this week became the fourteenth major candidate to join the GOP presidential primary, and who made a brief visit to southern Maine.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage took a break from State House politics Wednesday  to endorse the presidential run of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a fellow Republican.

The two met at Becky's Diner on the Portland waterfront, where the Maine governor paid tribute to Christie's "leadership and his candor."

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A recent decision by fishery regulators in the Danish territory of Greenland is raising concerns for conservationists here in Maine. They're worried that Greenland's newly-established commercial fishing quota could have a devastating impact on efforts to restore endangered Atlantic salmon to Maine rivers.