Ed Morin

News Producer

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.

After doing post-graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, DC, Ed took a full time job with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network in 1979 and has been with the company ever since. Ed works primarily as a news producer, although over the years he has produced a number of TV arts and public affairs programs as well as many radio arts and music programs. For many years Ed was the principal producer of Maine Stage. These days he is heard primarily as producer of Midday as well as Maine Things Considered newscast producer.

Ed counts among his passions music, sports and family, not necessarily in that order. He sort of plays piano and guitar and has done a good deal of singing. He is an enthusiastic figure skater.

Ed and his wife live in Portland and have four grown sons.

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A Superior Court judge has sided with the town of Kennebunkport in its almost decadelong dispute with a number of property owners who filed suit to halt public access to Goose Rocks Beach.

Attorney Amy Tchao is representing the town. She says the property owners claim they have exclusive ownership to the beach areas in front of their homes.

The airport that serves the Bar Harbor area is hoping to get a new summer air carrier now that a seasonal airline says it’s no longer able to do so.

Pen-Air, which has been offering service to the Hancock County-Bar Harbor airport since 2012, decided to stop serving Bar Harbor at the end of June after the carrier lost a contract awarded by the U.S. Transportation Department to serve Presque Isle’s Northern Maine Regional Airport.

The parent company of Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Portland is changing its name.

In October, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems will become Northern Light Health. EMHS Senior Vice President Matthew Weed says the name change acknowledges that the organization no longer just operates in the eastern part of the state.

Weed says what’s more important is that the new name reflects efforts over the past several years to bring different areas of expertise, technology and access together in a system.

The University of Michigan will strip the name of a former University of Maine president from a campus building.

Michigan’s Board of Regents voted to remove Clarence Little’s name Thursday night. Little became Michigan’s president after leaving UMaine.

Critics say Little supported selective reproduction, also known as eugenics, and that those teachings have been embraced by white supremacists.

The Maine Department of Transportation has announced that’s it’s delaying implementation of a new rate structure for the Maine State Ferry Service until later this spring.

DOT officials say a new resident-nonresident rate structure was supposed to go into effect at the end of March. However, due to input received during public hearings on islands served by the ferry service and in writing, Commissioner David Bernhardt says he’s going to take more time before he makes a final decision.

The largest capital gift ever given to the University of Maine, $10 million from an anonymous donor, will go toward construction of a new, 100-thousand-square-foot Engineering Education and Design Center.

UMaine Dean of Engineering Dana Humphrey says the facility will be the center for the college’s undergraduate engineering education programs. He says the new building will allow students to be educated for the modern world and allow collaborative learning.

Limington’s volunteer fire department has been ordered to temporarily stand down because it was recently discovered the group’s fire gear exceeds the 10-year age at which national standards indicate it should be taken out of service.

The town says it has contacted the chiefs of surrounding communities and the state police ensure there’s a mutual-aid response if there’s a fire emergency in Limington. Town officials say they have begun locating and determining the cost of replacement gear and also finding out whether nearby communities have any spare gear.

At first it looked like a Republican House candidate, who has been strongly criticized for his Twitter remarks about two students who survived the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was not going to have any opposition in the race. He now has two opponents, including a primary challenger.

Les Gibson, who is seeking the Maine House District 57 seat, representing Greene and Sabattus, wrote that one of the Parkland students was a "skinhead lesbian," the other a "bald-faced liar."

Ed Morin / Maine Public

Among those speaking out in Maine Thursday about gun violence and proposals to arm school teachers were several hundred teachers, administrators, parents and students who gathered in the cold and wind in front of Portland City Hall.

Several were members of a group called Maine Educators United Against Gun Violence, formed in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting. 

Teachers at Waynflete School in Portland played a key role in forming the group. Lindsay Kaplan teaches French at the private school.  She told rally-goers that the time to talk about guns is now.

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Maine Democrats have announced that a party member from Greene will run against a Republican Maine State House candidate from Sabattus, Leslie Gibson, who has been criticized for calling one Florida school shooting survivor a "skinhead lesbian" and another "a bald faced liar."

Democrat Eryn Gilchrist is a political newcomer who works for a medical device company in Bowdoin.

Property owners along Clary Lake in Lincoln County are applauding a Superior Court decision upholding a Maine Department of Environmental Protection order setting water levels on the lake.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

The third nor’easter to hit Maine in the last couple weeks is dumping 12 to 18 inches across much of the state - and more in some areas - with far northern Maine getting most of its snowfall Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Maine is bracing for its third nor’easter in less than two weeks.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Marine in Gray says snow moves across the state from south to north beginning late Monday, arriving over all areas by Tuesday morning.

“And will become heavy at times during the day Tuesday and into Tuesday night,” he says.

Marine says there could be light snow and snow showers into Wednesday, with accumulations 12-18 inches by Wednesday morning.

Maine State Police say they have arrested a teenage boy from Bowdoinham in connection with the death of a 55-year-old woman in her Bowdoinham home.

Police responded Monday morning to Marie Sylvester's mobile home and found her unresponsive. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the teenager was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with murder.  Police aren't releasing his name.

"His first court appearance is going to be Friday afternoon in West Bath," McCausland says. "In past practices it's likely his name will be released at that time."

The state is reporting that another three people have died from the flu in Maine this week, bringing the season's total to 55. There is, though, some hope that the worst of flu season could be ending.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett says hospitalizations due to influenza appear to be decreasing. At the same time, health care visits for flu like-illness have not dropped.

“We fully expect to see several more weeks of influenza activity, at least,” says Bennett. “Now, whether or not we see another peak, we hope not, we hope that we are now on the downward slide.”

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