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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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.

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PORTLAND, Maine - A senior government official from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia has described a meeting with Maine Gov. Paul LePage as "extremely positive." Transportation minister Geoff MacLellan led a delegation from Nova Scotia for a meeting with state and local officials Thursday to discuss support for the Nova Star ferry service.

LAC MEGANTIC, Quebec - A former Maine rail boss is among those facing prosecution by the Canadian government for the July 2013 derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec, which claimed 48 lives.

According to Canadian media reports, Robert Grindrod, chief executive of the now-bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Canada Railway, is among six former employees being charged with violating federal railway safety and environmental laws in connection with the oil train disaster.

Courtesy University of Maine

PORTLAND, Maine - Regional fishery regulators are in the process of crafting a management plan for Jonah crabs. This long-overlooked species of crab has typically been harvested only as by-catch - a by-product of the much more lucrative lobster fishery. But the last few years have seen a boom in the value and size of the fishery.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Homeless advocates from around the state are today holding their annual "sit out" in downtown Portland.

The event known as the "Longest Day Vigil" takes place from sunrise until sunset and is intended to draw attention to the realities of being homeless.

Among those taking part is 22-year-old Tim Katruch, originally from Naples, Maine. He says he's been homeless for the last five years, and is currently sleeping in a tent in Portland.