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 — Boosting the creative economy may sound like an unusual way to help lift a country out of recession, but that was exactly what President Franklin Roosevelt tried to do 80 years ago.

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PORTLAND, Maine — City officials are proposing a measure that would grant some municipal oversight of independent transportation companies such as the ride-share service Uber.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Several business owners gathered Wednesday morning at Becky’s Diner on Portland's waterfront to detail their opposition to a November ballot question that would raise Portland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

They're part of a coalition known as "Vote No on 1 Portland Too Far, Too Fast." Among them is Jim Wellehan, owner of Lamey-Wellehan Shoe Stores.

Patty Wight / MPBN

The chairwoman of Maine's Unemployment Insurance Commission has reversed a decision to award unemployment benefits to workers who went on strike against FairPoint Communications.

Two unions reacted angrily Friday to the decision by Chairwoman Jennifer Duddy, an appointee of Republican Gov. Paul LePage, to overturn an earlier finding by a hearing officer made in June.

Jessica Grondin / City of Portland

PORTLAND, Maine — City officials have launched a rebranding effort with the aim of growing the city's downtown business district.

The organization that promotes the city's downtown and Old Port neighborhoods, Portland Downtown District, will now called simply Portland Downtown.

The district also has a revamped website with extra features and a new logo. It resembles a postmark with "Portland" emblazoned on it, next to the year 1633, which was when the community was first settled.