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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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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Your Vote 2014
4:39 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Your Vote 2014 Profile: Democrat Chellie Pingree

1st District Democratic incumbent Chellie Pingree arrives at her victory party in Portland on Nov. 6, 2012, after winning a 3rd term in the U.S. House.
Credit Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

The race for Maine's 1st Congressional District could be described as the least competitive of all the major electoral battles being fought here next month, based on polls. By some accounts, progressive Democratic incumbent Chellie Pingree leads Republican Isaac Misiuk, and independent Richard Murphy, by as much as 30 points. But if re-elected, Pingree still faces the prospect of returning to a grid-locked Congress.  

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USM Finances
10:12 am
Thu October 23, 2014

USM's Financial Woes Questioned at Forum

University of Southern Maine Economics Professor Susan Feiner addresses a budget forum Wednesday night.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

The University of Southern Maine is on better financial footing than you might think - that was the message delivered to dozens of USM students and faculty at a forum in Portland Wednesday night.

Among those addressing the crowd was Economics Professor Susan Feiner. "We are not being presented with accurate financial information from the University of Maine System," Feiner said.

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Your Vote 2014
5:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Pot Citations in Portland Up Since Legalization Approved

PORTLAND, Maine - Next month, residents in Lewiston and South Portland will vote on local ordinances that would legalize possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana. Last November, Portland residents overwhelmingly approved a similar measure. But new data show that, despite that vote, police have issued more marijuana citations than before marijuana was legalized. And supporters of the ballot effort say it's a sign that local authorities are ignoring the will of the people.

 

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Portland pot citations
11:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Pot Citations Rise in Portland After Legalization

Data recently released by Portland police show that the number of marijuana citations is up nearly 50 percent since voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing the drug for recreational use last year.

Speaking at a City Council meeting Monday night, Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said his department has been gathering statistics regarding marijuana arrests between December 2013 and October of this year.

"So what we found in that 10 month period is that Portland police officers had issued 48 citations to 46 different individuals," Sauschuck said.

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